Sussex is home to so many nature and garden attractions that you’ll be spoilt for choice.

From Arundel Castle, Arundel Wetland Centre, Cowdray Ruins and Goodwood Estate to West Wittering Beach, Petworth House and Gardens, PSPB Pagham Harbour and so much more, the choices are endless.

Our corner of West Sussex spans much of the South Downs National Park, bringing nature, wildlife and green space to our doorstep. We can’t wait to share it with you.

Arundel Castle

One of England’s largest inhabited and complete castles, Arundel Castle is situated in magnificent grounds overlooking the River Arun in West Sussex.

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Home to a collection of 30 species of wildfowl from around the world, Arundel Wetlands offer boat rides, an amazing reedbed boardwalk and eight wildlife hides, bringing you and your family close to Sussex wildlife.

An image of the Queen Elizabeth Oak Tree on Cowdray Estate Midhurst

Benbow Pond in Easebourne, just outside the centre of Midhurst and close to the A272 is a picturesque picnic stop where you’ll meet the resident ducks, swans, geese and other bird life and is part of the Cowdray Estate.  …

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Another of Chichester’s hidden treasures are Bishops Palace Gardens, located next to Chichester cathedral. These tranquil and beautifully kept gardens are home to a host of beautiful plants, unusual trees and shrubs, water features, a pergola walk and wildlife friendly…

Chichester Ship Canal – Chichester’s secret waterway, where you can enjoy boat trips, watersports or walks to the coast or into the countryside.

Chichester City Walls Walk

It is 1800 years since the walls and gates were first built around the Roman town of Noviomagus Reginorum. Today they are the most intact circuit of Roman town defences in Southern England. More than 80% of the original structure…

Chichester Harbour: Chichester’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Chichester Harbour on the South Coast is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), a world renowned destination for sailing and home to rare wildlife and coastal habitats

Chichester Harbour Walks No. 6 - West Wittering Beach and East Head

A walk along the sandy beach of West Wittering and around the sand dunes of East Head with far-reaching views across to the Isle of Wight.   Walk by Chichester Harbour Conservancy

Chichester Harbour Water Tours

Chichester Harbour Water Tours are located in Chichester, local to the Witterings and the South Downs National Park.

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Denmans Garden is a a stunning 4-acre garden designed by award-winning author and landscape designer, John Brookes MBE who lived at Denmans from 1980-2018. Once the food production side of Lord Denman’s estate, this tranquil contemporary garden on the southern…

An image of two Alpacas at Dunreyth Alpacas

In an idyllic setting with the South Downs National Park, Dunreyth Alpacas offer Alpaca Walking Experiences second to none. Bruce & Peta gave up their profession as Nurses to run their herd of alpacas on their own land in Adsdean…

A photo showing East Wittering beach in winter

East Wittering’s sand and shingle beach is the perfect destination for bucket and space family fun, coastal walks and watersports fun

Pagham Harbour Walks- Church Norton

Begin your explorations of Pagham Harbour at the RSPB visitor centre where you can learn about the exciting wildlife you could find and where you might get your feet wet at high tide! Pagham Harbour is criss-crossed with public and permissive…

FAB Falconry is closed for Winter. No events being conducted at this time. Many thanks for your understanding. FAB Falconry create the opportunities to meet their highly trained team of Birds of Prey and Owls on a one to one…

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Forest Bathing The perfect introduction to this popular Japanese therapy. Immerse yourself in this experience, using the forest as a source of natural well being, followed by a delicious lunch or indulgent afternoon tea. We invite you to join us…

an image of Graffham Common in West Sussex

Graffham Common is a 94-acre nature reserve between Midhurst and Petworth, located on both sides of the Selham to Graffham road, and is owned and managed by the Sussex Wildlife Trust. It’s a former pine plantation being restored back to heath and…

An image of Selsey's East Beach

Selsey’s beaches boast clear, clean water and unspoilt shingle shores, perfect for swimming, a walk along the shore or an enjoyable day on the beach.

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Explore some great West Sussex gardens across Chichester, Midhurst, Petworth, Arundel and surrounding areas

An image of a sculpture - part of the heathlands sculpture trail in South Downs National Park

The new Heathland Sculpture Trail in South Downs National Park is the perfect opportunity to get into the great outdoors and appreciate the changing of the seasons. Seven intricate sculptures are located across different heathland sites within the park, with…

Imber Court Photo Training Students

Imber Court Photo Training offers courses close to Chichester and the Witterings and is suitable for novices through to professionals

An image showing a view of Chichester Harbour from Itchenor, West Sussex

Cycle from Chichester city centre to the Harbourside villages of Bosham and Itchenor on this 14m/23km route.   The route is suitable for all abilities and types of bicycle, and begins at the city’s Market Cross.   Cycle the shore…

A photograph showing a far reaching view from the top of Kingley Vale nature reserve , West Sussex

The reserve contains one of the finest yew forests in western Europe, including a grove of ancient trees which are among the oldest living things in Britain. Main habitats: Yew woodland and lowland chalk grassland County: West Sussex Why visit:…

Mulberry Divers is a SSI Blue Oceans Centre, located in Selsey, West Sussex, committed to help protect our seas and Marine Life in both our daily practices and by providing education about Marine Life. We are an island nation and…

Pagham Harbour to Sidlesham Quay

A circular easy access trail through Pagham Harbour. Even when the Centre is not open it is usually possible to obtain a useful introduction leaflet to Pagham Harbour Local Nature Reserve from a cubby-hole at the Visitor Centre. The area…

Pagham Harbour Walks- Pagham Harbour North Wall

This walk at Pagham Harbour is such a peaceful one with no sounds of traffic. There are splendid country views inland contrasting with the landscape of the harbour. The area of the harbour here is part of the 700 acres…

Parham House

One of the country’s finest Elizabethan houses, set at the foot of the South Downs in Pulborough, West Sussex.

Petworth and Shimmings Valley

A 3.5 mile figure of eight walk from the historic market town of Petworth in West Sussex. The walk gives an opportunity to explore the town, a haven for antique and art collectors, before heading out across the beautiful Shimmings…

A view of The National Trust's Petworth Park

Petworth House boasts an extraordinary collection of art and sculpture and stunning state rooms, set in beautiful grounds and parklands.

Petworth House & Park Ancient Trees Walk

Discover more about the ancient trees that dominate the skyline of Petworth Park on this circular walk. Marvel at some of the oldest and largest trees in the country and see a 1,000-year-old ancient oak that has survived all the…

Priory Park: Chichester’s Community Hub

Looking for down time with a spot of sightseeing? Priory park is the place to go. In the North-East quadrant of the City Centre, Priory Park is home to three scheduled monuments; the Roman city walls, The Guildhall – a…

RSPB Medmerry

RSPB Medmerry Nature Reserve is a haven for wildlife including birds of prey and many types of wetland birds

Birds in flight

Pagham Harbour is an Internationally important Nature Reserve covering over 600 hectares. It consists of salt marshes and tidal mudflats, shingle, wet grasslands and reed swamps, which provide plentiful and important habitats for a whole host of wildlife. The reserve…

Salterns Way

The Salterns Way footpath and cycle path is a 19 kilometre long cycle path which runs from the centre of Chichester to the lovely sandy beach at West Wittering. For much of its route, Salterns Way runs along safe and…

an image of waves crashing on to a beach at Selsey

Selsey Bill is the prominent stretch of headland off the southernmost town of Selsey, on the Manhood Peninsula in West Sussex

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Experience a working deer farm in West Sussex with children’s adventure playground, farm shop & deli and The Grazing Rooms

Solar Heritage Chichester Harbour

Welcome aboard the Solar Heritage, our solar powered catamaran. Take a trip through this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with an experienced guide to help you learn about the environment of Chichester Harbour. On-board the engines are virtually silent as…

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Stansted Park stands in 1800 acres of parkland and ancient forest within the South Downs National Park. In 1983 the 10th Earl of Bessborough gave Stansted Park, the Arboretum, his family home and its beautiful contents to the public. The…

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Perched high on top of the South Downs, Uppark House and Garden allows you to take in panoramic views across the South Down valleys and as far as the Isle of Wight. Set on chalk grassland, Uppark’s meadow supports a…

A view of the pond at Weald & Downland Living Museum

Come and explore a fascinating collection of rescued rural buildings set in a beautiful 40-acre site within the South Downs National Park. Discover the stories of the people who lived and worked in them over a 1,000-year period ­ from…

West Dean College

Your creative retreat awaits. West Dean College of Arts and Conservation is an internationally recognised art college with a strong craft ethos offering over 800 short courses, from beginner to advanced level and ranging from a day, a weekend or…

An image showing the River Lavant at West Dean Gardens near Chichester

Creatively inspired by its rich heritage and South Downs setting, West Dean gardens are a great day out all year round

West Wittering Beach

West Wittering Beach is a beautiful expanse of golden sand where you can enjoy a day on the beach, walks or watersports.

An image of birdwatchers at Pagham Harbour

Naturetrek operates the largest selection of professionally organised, expert-led wildlife holidays and tours in the world. We’ve been organising specialist wildlife tours for 35 years. What do we do? We enjoy taking you to see the world’s special wildlife and…

An image showing a pool at Woolbeding Gardens

A National Trust Garden in West Sussex in the South Downs National Park with colourful planting, sensational views and a host of surprises