West Sussex

One of the UK’s sunniest counties, West Sussex has long been recognised as a place of escape and retreat. Meander through our secret gardens, explore our scenic vineyards, sample our award-winning wines and delicious local produce and…. relax.

From woodland and water gardens, historic floral restorations and gloriously abundant parklands West Sussex blooms with possibilities across the seasons. Come and visit us throughout the year

Sample a glass of sparkling Sussex wine, enjoy a flagon of golden ale or visit one of our many ancient inns, enticing farm shops and charming restaurants – all celebrating the very best local produce

Our sunny coast and countryside are full of places to explore and unwind; put West Sussex on your wish list

Itineraries in West Sussex

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Historic

National Trust Standen

Standen was a rural retreat and is one of the finest examples of Arts & Crafts workmanship in the country

Historic

Arundel Castle

Arundel Castle is the home of the Duke of Norfolk and has been in his family for over 800 years.

Gardens

National Trust Nymans

An internationally renowned garden which holds a stunning year round collection of rhododendrons to roses and wildflowers.

Gardens

Wakehurst | Kew Garden

Wakehurst, Kew’s wild botanic garden in Sussex is home to the Millennium Seed Bank and over 500 acres of the world’s plants

About West Sussex

Drawn to West Sussex by its attractive climate, vineyards flourish here and visitors are welcome. From self-guided rambles through the vines to fascinating tours, exclusive talks, wine-paired meals and unique experiences, winemakers are delighted to show off their wares. You can even stay overnight on some estates to extend your outing. And why not? There’s plenty to explore.

Our sparkling coast, verdant countryside and majestic south downs are dotted with foodie opportunities. From fresh seafood on the coast to charming village Inns and lavish Michelin-star restaurants, you’ll find plenty of delicious seasonal produce using locally sourced ingredients. You can pick up some to take home with you from the plethora of farm shops and markets too.

Artists and creatives have always found the diverse West Sussex landscape inspirational, and gardeners are no different. In recent years formerly neglected parks have been brought back to their full, and stunning, potential, see Leonardslee. Small and beautiful gardens, such as Denman’s, delight the eye, and our Manor House gardens like Borde Hill and Standen are a floral treat. Romantic Nymans is a highlight and we have a treasure trove of protected seeds from all over the world in the Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst. Look out for art trails, light shows and festivals throughout the year. Our gardens aren’t just for summer and many open their doors all year round.

Getting here and around

West Sussex is closer than you think and easily accessible, especially from London. Jump in the car and you’ll be here inside 90 minutes. Busy A-roads give way to leafy lanes as you drive deeper into the verdant countryside. 

With Southern Railway you can be in West Sussex in no time. Book ahead to get the best value tickets. You’ll find lots more information on getting to and around the county with the South East Railways Community Partnership here. Our roads are great for cyclists, including a number of cycle routes such as the South Downs Way and the Centurion Way Railway Path - why not bring your bike and explore.  

Gatwick Airport is in West Sussex and a major international hub for visitors, arriving both domestically and internationally. Find out how you can explore the county directly from the airport here.

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