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The beautiful counties of East and West Sussex in England – together known as Sussex – span over 3,700km. Bringing together ancient cities, lively market towns, leading theatre and art galleries, artisan food and wine producers, a National Park and world-class walking and cycling routes, there’s every reason to fall in love with Sussex.

With so much to choose from, it may be hard to know where to start on a visit to Sussex.

Where is Sussex?

If you’re looking for Sussex on the map you’ll see it’s divided into two counties – East and West Sussex. Together, Sussex borders Kent, Surrey and Hampshire and is easily accessible from London.

Wildlife in Sussex

Home to a National Park, natures reserves, Sites of Special Scientific Interest and miles of beautiful countryside, it’s no surprise that Sussex has an abundance of unique wildlife. Thanks to organisations such as the Sussex Ornithological Society and the Sussex Wildlife Trust, our adored wildlife is being protected.

From deep underwater, wetlands, rivers and canals to forests, parks and rolling hills, Sussex calls itself home to some of the richest and unique wildlife in the country.

If you’re keen to get close to our wildlife, check out Chichester Canal, Kingley Vale, RSPB Medmerry and Mulberry Divers for inspiration.

The South Downs National Park

Sussex even has its own National Park (although it does span into Hampshire too).

From rolling green hills, wonderful heathland, shining rivers and ancient woodland to booming villages, historic market towns and the iconic white cliffs of the Heritage Coast.

Whatever your interest, you’re guaranteed to fall in love with the South Downs National Park.

The famous 160km South Downs Way – one of 15 National Trails in England and Wales – stretches through the National Park, in addition to many other walking and cycling routes offering astounding views of our stunning countryside.

From walking, trekking and cycling to horse-riding, polo lessons, paddle boarding, hunting, rounds of golf, fishing, festivals and it’s very own Marathon, the sporting options are endless in Sussex thanks to the South Downs National Park.

Shopping in Sussex

From antiques to shabby chic and from locally produced food to fine jewellery, Sussex also has it all when it comes to shopping.

For antiques, head to the historic town of Petworth – the only town outside London to boast over 30 independent arts and antiques dealers within a mile radius. With names such as Augustus Brand, Petworth draws in buyers from across the world.

For shabby-chic homewares and decorative antiques, visit West Street in Midhurst. It’s local Country Brocante Fairs attract visitors from far and wide while boutiques selling pre-loved designer women’s clothing make shopping for top labels affordable and fun.

For local food, Selsey is a must-visit. Purchase local delicacies ‘Selsey Crab’ and ‘Selsey Lobster’ straight from the boat that caught it. From boat to fork (while surrounded by striking views) there’s no better way to purchase your food!

Last but not least, for a taster of Sussex city-life, head to Chichester, it’s been a shopping hotspot for centuries! From major high street brands, high end jewellers, beauty shops and unique boutiques to unusual crafts, wedding shops, second hand bookshops and vintage clothing, Chichester easily rivals some of the very best shopping centres in the UK, offering something for every need and desire.

Vineyards

Thanks to Sussex’s unique climate and diverse soils, our county is home to some of England’s best wines. What’s more, plenty of our vineyards open their doors to visitors. So whether you’re looking to purchase wine, enjoy a meal, participate on a vineyards tour or simply unwind after exploring the National Park, there will be something for you.

Why not try:
Trotton Estate
Upperton Vineyards
Tinwood Estate Vineyards

Beaches

As if all that wasn’t enough, With long sandy beaches, picture perfect shores and pretty creeks, it’s no wonder that Sussex’s coastline has remained a firm family favourite for generations. The only problem is, which Sussex beach to head to?

Its easy to see why people flock to take in views of Sussex by the sea. Whether you’re looking for winter beach walks, water sports or family fun, there’s a Sussex beach for you.

Check out:
Bracklesham Bay: Great for water sports
West Wittering: Great for winter walks
East Wittering: Great for families
Selsey’s Natural Wonder

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Sussex, there’s just so much to explore.

Find out more about what there is to do in Sussex below.

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Things to do in Sussex

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.

sheep in fields along the South Downs Way

The 160km South Downs Way runs right across the Chichester District, offering great walking and cycling opportunities.

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.

Selsey Lifeboat Station

Today’s lifeboat station at Selsey operates an all weather Shannon class lifeboat (AWL 13-20 ‘Denise and Eric’) and a D class inshore lifeboat (ILB D-827 ‘Flt Lt John Buckley RAF’).  Over its 150-year History the Crew have been presented with…

Pallant House Gallery

Discover an exciting collection of modern British art from 1900 to today in the centre of Chichester, West Sussex

The Novium Museum

Opened in 2012, our award-winning museum is built over the remains of a Roman bathhouse and has three floors of fantastic exhibitions, telling the fascinating story of Chichester District and its rich heritage. It looks after 500,000 artefacts, both on…

An image showing the exterior of Chichester Festival Theatre

Chichester Festival Theatre is one of the UK’s flagship theatres, renowned for the exceptionally high standard of its productions as well as its work with the community and young people.

An image showing the ruins at Cowdray Estate known locally as Cowdray Castle

As a destination, Cowdray Estate offers a range of premium country pursuits, from golf on a Championship course, award winning clay-pigeon shooting, fly fishing on the River Rother, walking in Cowdray Park, cycling, riding, and polo events, to hospitality at Cowdray Farm Shop & Café, accommodation at Cowdray Lodge, wedding venues and the stunning Cowdray House.

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Events in Sussex

Old Masters, Modern Masters: Drawings from the Hussey Bequest January 11th April 10th -

An exhibition celebrating the 40th anniversary of Pallant House Gallery, Chichester – modern British Art from 1900 to today

Chichester District Famers' Market Chichester District Farmers’ Market March 4th 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Discover artisan shopping and local speciality food and drink at the Chichester Farmers Market in Chichester City Centre, West Sussex

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Places to Stay in Sussex

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Wellies & Windbreaks is a small boutique holiday rentals agency with a portfolio of high quality holiday homes in the Witterings and surrounding area. Cherishing all that is special about the Great British seaside, we focus on providing bespoke holiday…

Dining area at Cowdry Cottages

Nestled behind Benbow Pond are four luxury holiday cottages with an extensive range of outdoor pursuits and leisure activities on the doorstep, along with a myriad of footpaths. Perfect for couples and families, the Cottages lend themselves to a long…

The Spread Eagle is one of England’s oldest coaching inns, in the centre of Midhurst at the heart of the South Downs National Park with thirty-nine delightful bedrooms and a thoroughly modern spa. Families and dogs are extremely welcome.

For an authentic West Sussex experience, there is no better spot to stay than the historic Angel Inn, voted one of the Best English Country Hotels. With seven comfortable, beautifully renovated rooms, plenty of character, and excellent food, The Angel…

Stubcroft Farm Campsite

Stubcroft Farm is an award winning family campsite with fantastic facilities and onsite shop. We have 35 electric hook-up points as well as traditional tent pitches. The shop serves teas & coffee and stocks a good range of groceries including…

This stunning ‘modern meets classic’ boutique hotel, set in an immaculately restored Grade II-listed Georgian property, mixes contemporary interiors with Georgian and Regency period features; think flowing central staircases, grand fireplaces and full-height sash windows. Located in an unrivalled position…

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Nestling on the banks of Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve the 350 year old Crab & Lobster has been renovated creating one of the most stunning hideaways on the South Coast. Just a ten-minute drive from Chichester and its cultural, architectural…

Everything on our food and drink menu is freshly prepared daily by hand. Nothing comes from a factory, so we can insure our food is preservative free and organic where possible. Order delicious salad bowls, hot lunches, soups, and toasted…

Traditional pub famed for its carvery and Sunday Roast, serving a wide variety of drinks and traditional pub food. Whatever your reason for visiting Chichester, whether it’s a day at nearby Goodwood, a trip to the Festival Theatre or sailing…

An image showing the interior of Farmer, Butcher, Chef at Goodwood

Farmer, Butcher, Chef is Goodwood’s exciting, flagship restaurant located just yards from Goodwood Home Farm. It is the final stage in a unique process dedicated not only to showcasing Goodwood’s organic meat in terms of flavour, quality and provenance, but…

E.Street Bar & Grill

In the heart of West Sussex, Petworth is surrounded by farms producing everything from free range, grass-fed livestock to tomatoes, honey and grapes. At E. Street Bar & Grill, our kitchen transforms these outstanding ingredients into simple, unpretentious yet exceptional…

The Hungry Guest

Visit The Hungry Guest Food Shop and Café in Petworth for a true taste of West Sussex. Our artisan food shop offers freshly baked bread from our bakery, a chilled cheese room, locally grown fruit and veg plus a range…

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