West Sussex – a veritable playground packed with places to go and sights to see!

1 May 2018

As well as its vast patchwork of farmland and downland – a perfect playground for walkers and cyclists – West Sussex is packed with interesting places to go, fun things to do and sights to see.  The country is full of stately homes, vibrant market towns, beautiful countryside, villages with long histories and superb seaside resorts.  Famous for a wealth of fine buildings and some impressive architecture, driving along the A27 between Chichester and Worthing reveals striking views of the fairytale façade of splendid Arundel Castle and nearby Arundel’s grandiose French Gothic-style Roman Catholic Cathedral can be seen standing guard over the town, dwarfing all other buildings in sight. Not far off the A27 is also Amberley Castle and Museum.

Chichester Cathedral draws many visitors throughout the year; the Romans established the city as their headquarters and built a road (Stane Street) across Sussex to link it with London. They also constructed a number of villas on the county’s sunny, south-facing slopes.   Nearby Chichester is not to be missed Goodwood, famous for both horse (Glorious Goodwood Meeting) and motor racing (Goodwood Revival Meeting and the Festival of Speed).

If you fancy getting away from man-made features to something more natural, try a walk at breezy Chichester Harbour. This is one of the great natural features of Britain’s beautiful coastline and though the walking is flat, there is much to see – both on and off the water.

Elsewhere, West Sussex offers an outstanding choice of long-distance trails, including the South Downs Way, the Monarch’s Way, the Sussex Border Path and the West Sussex Literary Trail. The South Downs Way taking in both West Sussex and East Sussex follows hill paths and cliff-top tracks all the way from Winchester to Eastbourne ideal for walkers and cyclists alike.

An easy car journey from London and the M25, West Sussex is ideal for a weekend or short break so book a cosy room at one of these very special pubs with rooms and explore the beautiful and unspoilt county of West Sussex.

The Cat Inn, West Hoathly, West Sussex, RH19 4PP


Beautiful village setting for this rejuvenated inn with smart rooms, an informal atmosphere and innovative menus.

Crab & Lobster, Sidleham, West Sussex, PO20 7NB
Crab and Lobster Sidlesham West Sussex - Seafood

A seashore hideaway, favoured for fabulous seafood and luxurious rooms, the best have serene views across marsh and sea.

The Halfway Bridge, Lodsworth, West Sussex, GU28 9BP

Honest seasonal menus, well-kept ales, rambling old bars and peaceful, tucked away rooms, close to the Sussex Downs.

The Horse Guards Inn, Tillington, West Sussex, GU28 9AF

Horse Guards Inn, Tillington, - pub with rooms in West Sussex

Quirky country chic, fabulous food and ales, simple cottagey rooms, and gorgeous summer garden; close to Petworth.

The White Hart, South Harting, West Sussex, GU31 5QB 


Timeless and cosy 16th-century inn set below the South Downs and offering a big welcome to walkers, dogs and families. Expect great pub food, decent Upham beers and smart contemporary rooms.

The White Horse, Chilgrove, West Sussex, PO18 9HX

White Horse West Sussex Best Pub with Rooms Fine Dining
Spruced up coaching inn set below the South Downs offering great pub food, stunning wines and quirky, individual rooms, popular with walkers and the shooting fraternity.

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