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