West Sussex is a county in the south of England, that borders East Sussex to the east, Hampshire to the west and Surrey to the north. As it is right on the coast, the county has many quaint seaside towns and villages, as well as white sandy beaches. Over half of West Sussex is protected countryside, which means there is an abundance of places to visit as well as many walking routes, cycling trails and other outdoor activities on offer within the area.
Home to historic houses, castles and gardens, West Sussex is steeped in history and heritage. Visitors looking to learn about the local history and heritage of the county will want to visit the spectacular, Arundel Castle. Set on top of a hill and surrounded by 40 acres of woodland, Arundel is one of West Sussex’s greatest attractions. It has a history dating back 1,000 years and now features contemporary art galleries, a restaurant and a thriving events calendar all year round. The scenic countryside that surrounds Arundel is perfect for ramblers who want to trek along the River Arun and across the South Downs.
A fun day out for the whole family is a trip to Weald and Downland Living Museum. It hosts historic craft activities for children, and gives visitors a glimpse of what English rural life was like over the course of 1,000 years. There is a family-friendly and dog-friendly woodland which stretches across 40-acres, which is home to a collection of historic buildings, from an Anglo-Saxon hall house to an Edwardian tin church.
For those who prefer to spend their days relaxing at the beach, West Sussex has 50 miles of stunning coastal landscape to visit. West Wittering is a haven for beach lovers and watersports enthusiasts. This beach is a great place to go if you are looking to go paddle-boarding or surfing, and there are lots of schools which teach visitors how to get out on the water on a surf board or kite!