78 attractions you should visit in West Sussex - With photos & details

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Top 78 attractions to explore in West Sussex

West Sussex is a county in South East England on the English Channel coast. The county has a long history of human settlement dating back to the Lower Paleolithic era. West Sussex has a range of scenery, including Wealden, downland, and coastal.

Amberley MuseumNew Barn Rd, Amberley, Arundel BN18 9LT, UK
Museums

Located in the heart of the South Downs national park, Amberley Museum is dedicated to preserving the industrial heritage of the South East.  With 36 acres to explore and over 40 exhibits to visit, you can discover the South’s working past.  Holdings and exhibitions at the museum cover a diversity of industrial and local heritage collections, including narrow gauge railways, local bus services, and a multitude of light and rural industrial subjects.

Ardingly ReservoirArdingly Reservoir, Haywards Heath RH17, UK
Man-made Lakes

Ardingly Reservoir was set in 120 acres of spectacular landscape near Berwick, in East Sussex, It was filled with water pumped from the River Cuckmere when river flows are high. The water is then stored in the reservoir before being treated and distributed to customers. The Ardingly Activity Centre provides watersports for the public including wind surfing, canoeing, powerboating and dinghy sailing. The reservoir is also used by Ardingly Rowing Club.

Arundel CastleArundel BN18 9AB, UK
Iconic Buildings
Old Ruins

Arundel Castle is a restored and remodeled medieval castle in Arundel, West Sussex, England. It was established by Roger de Montgomery on Christmas Day 1067. Roger became the first to hold the earldom of Arundel by the graces of William the Conqueror. The castle was damaged in the English Civil War and then restored in the 18th and 19th centuries by Charles Howard the 11th Duke of Norfolk. It was one of the iconic attractions in this area and also attracts a lot of tourists here.

Churches

The Arundel Cathedral, originally known as the Church of St. Philip Neri, was commissioned by Henry XV Duke of Norfolk in 1868 and was opened on 1st of July 1873. It became a cathedral at the foundation of the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton in 1965. It now serves as the seat of the Bishop of Arundel and Brighton. It was one of the notable pilgrim sites in this area and also it attracts a lot of tourists by its architectural beauty.

Arundel MuseumMill Rd, Arundel BN18 9PA, UK
Museums

Arundel Museum is the south coast's newest museum, revealing the story of the historic town of Arundel. It has been designed to provide visitors to Arundel with a fascinating insight into the history of the town and its people. There's something for all the family including a Children's Trail and a chance to handle and learn more about some of the exhibits. The Museum Society set out to rescue and conserve as much as possible of Arundel's past, and aimed to create a town museum with the advice o

Bignor Roman VillaBignor, Pulborough RH20 1PH, UK
Iconic Buildings

Bignor Roman Villa is the stunning remains of a Roman home with world-class mosaic floors in a spectacular Downland setting. One of the largest villas open to the public in Great Britain, with some of the finest mosaics all in-situ and all undercover. The rooms on display today are mostly located at the west end of the north wing, including a summer and winter dining room. The bathhouse is to the southeast. The rooms contain some of the best Roman mosaics to be found in Great Britain, both in te

BlackdownBlackdown, Haslemere GU27 3BS, UK
1 Day Treks
Mountain Peaks

The Blackdown Hills are a range of hills along the Somerset-Devon border in south-western England, which were designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1991.  It is also one of the highest points in the south east of England, exceeded by Walbury Hill and Leith Hill. Blackdown is protected as part of the South Downs National Park.

Bognor Regis BeachBognor Regis Beach, Bognor Regis PO21 1PJ, UK
Beaches

Bognor Regis is a town and seaside resort in West Sussex on the south coast of England, 55.5 miles south-west of London, 24 miles west of Brighton, 5.81 miles  south-east of Chichester and 16 miles east of Portsmouth. Other nearby towns include Littlehampton east-north-east and Selsey to the south-west. The nearby villages of Felpham, and Aldwick are now suburbs of Bognor Regis, along with those of North and South Bersted.

Bognor Regis Museum25-27 West St, Bognor Regis PO21 1XA, UK
Museums

A beauitful hitorical museum  located in the heat of Bognor Regis and also it reveals the history of this area. It contains information, exhibits and displays about the origins of Bognor, it's development, it's famous residents plus the archaeological and geological history of the area. Items on display include fossils, archaeological finds, models of some of the towns landmarks, photographs and historical items.

Borde Hill GardenBorde Hill Ln, Haywards Heath RH16 1XP, UK
Botanical Gardens

Borde Hill is a beautiful Grade II* English Heritage listed garden set within 200 acres of scenic parkland. It is an Ideal place for a great family day out and it offers  fine plants with intimate garden 'rooms'. Magical woodland and parkland with superb views across the Sussex Weald. It is home to many rare shrubs: from rhododendrons, azaleas and magnolias to roses, as well as numerous trees.

Borde Hill garden Borde Hill Ln, Haywards Heath, UK
Botanical Gardens

Borde Hill is a beautiful Grade II* English Heritage listed garden set within 200 acres of scenic parkland. Renowned as a plantsman’s paradise, the Garden boasts rare shrubs and champion trees, stunning herbaceous borders, a large lily pool and subtropical dells with palms and banana trees. This heritage Garden is renowned for its rare shrubs and champion trees, created from specimens accumulated by the great Victorian plant

Boxgrove PrioryChurch Ln, Boxgrove, Chichester PO18 0EE, UK
Churches

Boxgrove Priory is a ruined priory in the village of Boxgrove in Sussex. It was founded in the 12th century.  In a beautiful setting at the foot of the South Downs, the principal remains include a fine two-storey guest house, roofless but standing to its full height at the gable ends. The priory church became Boxgrove’s parish church after the Suppression of the Monasteries and is still in use.

Bramber CastleCastle Ln, Bramber BN44 3WE, UK
Iconic Buildings

Bramber Castle is an early Norman motte and bailey castle built by William De Braose in 1070. The De Braose family retained the castle for over 250 years. The one surviving wall of the tower, standing 14 metres high, provides a glimpse of how imposing the castle once was. Climb to the top of the motte for stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

Buchan Country ParkHorsham Rd, Crawley RH11 9HQ, UK
Outdoors- Other

This quiet country park covers 170 acres of beautiful countryside. Popular with local dog walkers, the park has a network of well-surfaced paths allowing for easy walking and a rich mix of wildlife. This is an excellent place to walk, watch wildlife or enjoy a picnic. Afterwards, you can have fun hunting the sculptures dotted around the park.

Chanctonbury RingChanctonbury Ring, Pulborough BN44 3DP, UK
Outdoors- Other

Chanctonbury Ring is one of the most prominent landmarks along the South Downs. The ring is an Iron Age hill fort above Worthing and the Findon Valley which is best known for its prominent clump of beech trees.  It forms part of an ensemble of associated historical features created over a span of more than 2,000 years, including round barrows dating from the Bronze Age to the Saxon periods and dykes dating from the Iron Age and Roman periods.

Chichester CanalChichester Canal, Chichester, UK
Man-made Structures- Other

The Chichester Canal is a canal in England navigable save for its middle. Its course is essentially intact, 3.8 miles (6.1 km) from the sea at Birdham on Chichester Harbour to Chichester through two locks. The canal was opened in 1822 and took three years to build. The canal could take ships of up to 100 long tons.

Chichester CathedralChichester PO19 1PX, UK
Churches

Chichester Cathedral, formally known as the Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity, is the seat of the Anglican Bishop of Chichester. It is located in Chichester, in West Sussex, United Kingdom. It was founded as a cathedral in 1075 when the seat of the bishop was moved from Selsey. It has fine architecture in both the Norman and the Gothic styles, and has been described by the architectural critic Ian Nairn as "the most typical English Cathedral".

Cowdray HouseCowdray Park, Midhurst GU29 0AY, UK
Parks

Cowdray Park is a country house at the centre of the 16,500-acre Cowdray Estate in Midhurst, West Sussex.  The estate is home to the Cowdray Park Polo Club, one of the leading polo clubs in the United Kingdom. The park lies in the South Downs National Park. The estate belongs to Viscount Cowdray, whose family have owned it since 1908. It has a golf course, and it offers clay pigeon shooting and corporate activity days, as well as the more traditional activities of agriculture, forestry and prope

Crawley Museum103 High St, Crawley RH10 1DD, UK
Museums

Crawley Museum is a local history museum, which tells the history of the town through objects and their stories. It has an active programme of events and temporary exhibitions which reflect various aspects of the town and the local area.  It is a place where you can find out about the history of the town and the surrounding areas. They tell the history of Crawley through objects and and exhibits along with the stories associated with them.

Map of attractions in West Sussex