South-downs way through the corn field
Inner courtyard at Arundel Castle Arundel Castle in West SussexArundel Castle from a distanceAerial view of Arundel Castle in West Sussex

Arundel Castle - The seat of The Dukes of Norfolk and set in 40 acres of sweeping grounds and gardens, Arundel Castle has been open to visitors seasonally for nearly 200 years. It is one of the great treasure houses of England, each having its own unique place in history and is home to priceless works of art. Come and see paintings and furniture, tapestries and stained glass, china and clocks, sculpture and carving, heraldry and armour in stunning room settings.

Arundel Castle

South Downs Way

Map of the South Downs WayWalking along the South Downs Way in West SussexCycling along the South Downs Way in West Sussex

The South Downs are an area of outstanding natural beauty. The area is open to walkers, cyclists, horse riders, and the disabled people using suitable cross country equipment. The South Downs way runs for about 100 miles between Winchester and Eastbourne through the rolling chalk downs of Sussex and Hampshire.

Wildlife watch

RSPB Pulborough Brooks

RSPB Pulborough in West Sussex

Pulborough Brooks is set in the sheltered Arun Valley within the South Downs National Park. Walks lead through hedge-lined paths to viewing areas and hides where volunteers are often on hand to help point out the wildlife. If you're new to nature, introductory events, guided walks and courses are held throughout the year.

Arundel Wetland Centre

Arundel Wetland Centre

Spot water voles from the boat safari, hand feed rare geese at World Wetlands and stroll gentle pathways to quiet spots to watch Sussex wildlife. Stunning views from the café make it perfect for relaxing, and kids will love the play areas and pond dipping.

Pagham Harbour

Pagham harbour, West Sussex

Pagham Harbour Local Nature Reserve covers 1,450 acres (6 km2) of salt marsh, mudflats, farmland, copses, lagoons, reed beds and shingle beaches. The area is an area of special scientific interest and is an important wetland site for wildlife.

Goodwood

Goodwood House

Goodwood House

Motor Racing Circuit

Goodwood motor racing circuit

Horse Racing Course

Goodwood Horse Racing circuit

The house and its grounds are the site of the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed, whilst elsewhere on the estate the Goodwood Circuit motorsport track hosts the annual Goodwood Revival, and Goodwood Racecourse hosts "Glorious Goodwood" and a number of other race meetings. The estate also includes the Goodwood Golf Course and a cricket pitch, home to Goodwood Cricket Club.

Hollycombe Steam Collection

Hollycombe Steam Collection in West SussexAmusement rides at Hollycombe Steam Collection

Hollycombe Steam Collection is a collection of steam-powered vehicles, rides and attractions and includes fairground rides, a display farm and three railways. Situated on the Hampshire and Sussex border, Hollycombe is far more than just a working steam museum, it's a place where the past comes to life. There are three railways: narrow gauge, standard gauge and miniature railway. The Edwardian Fairground is a complete steam fair comprising rides originating from the 1870s and later. The farm includes a wide range of vintage steam-powered farm equipment including: ploughing engines, a threshing machine, a baler, and a stationary steam engine.

Harbour Park

Harbour Park, Littlehampton

Harbour Park Littlehampton is a mini family amusement park right on the beach. It has the usual favourites rides such as Waltzer, dodgems, Crazy bikes, caterpillar roller coaster, etc. The rides are both indoor and outdoor and include games machines and arcades.

Open-Air Museums

Weald & Downland

Weald & Downland Open-air museum

This museum is set in 50 acres of countryside and you can wander through a collection of 50 buildings dating from the 13th century to the 19th century. The site is brought to life with demonstrations of traditional rural trades and crafts. Watch out for the food and folk festivals.

Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre

Amberley museum & heritage centre in the South Downs National Park

Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre is a 36 acre site set in the South Downs National Park. Dedicated to the industrial heritage of the South East, exhibits include a narrow-gauge railway and bus service (both provide free nostalgic travel around the site), Connected Earth telecommunications hall, energy electricity hall, printing workshop and much more. The Museum is also home to traditional crafts people, such as the stained glass maker, blacksmith and potter, plus a fabulous restaurant, gift shop and numerous picnic areas where stunning surroundings can be enjoyed.

South Downs Light Railway

Trains run from March to September and the line runs around the grounds of Pulborough Wyevale garden centre.

Fishers Farm Park

Fishers farm park in Wisborough GreenAdventure playground at Fishers farm parkTractor ride at Fishers Farm ParkFishers farm park in West Sussex

Fishers Farm Park is the top, award-winning family visitor attraction located in Wisborough Green on the edge of the South Downs National Park, in the heart of the West Sussex countryside. They offer a unique mixture of farm animals and adventure play and is designed for families with toddlers up to 10 years old.

The fun begins as you enter the indoor soft play barns where the children can let off steam. Then off you go!

Visit the animals in the barn, watch the farm show in the Barn Theatre on at week-ends and holidays and have a pony ride in the sand school. Take a ride on the Tractor trailer, Barrel Bugs or scary Ghost Tunnel!

Then there is the 10 acre outdoor adventure activity fields just waiting for you to run, bounce, jump, swing, skate, slide, splash, climb, ride and play play play!

Tullys Maize Maze

Tullys Maize Maze

Tullys Maize Maze has over three and a half miles of paths to get lost in. If you are not exhausted after this you can look forward to the Fun yard (trampolines, duck racing, mini mazes, straw mountains, giant games and inflatable's), frisbee golf, go karts, goofy golf, the secret forest, pig racing, adventure play areas and torch light maze nights.

Petworth House and Park

Petworth House set in 700 acresInside Petworth house

This large Mansion House was originally built in the 13th century and has been rebuilt and remodeled since. The house is set in 700 acres of beautiful park land landscaped by Capability Brown. The house itself contains one of the finest collections of painting including works by Van Dyck, Blake and Reynolds.

Fontwell Park Racecourse

Fontwell Park Racecourse

There are over 20 race meetings at Fontwell Park each year and the racecourse is very 'customer friendly' with a number of evenings, Saturday and Sundays meetings. Check the site for details. The feature race of the season at Fontwell Park is National Spirit Hurdle run over a distance of two miles and four furlongs in February.

Chichester Cathedral

Chichester Cathedral

The Cathedral is open every day and all year with free entry.  There are free drop-in guided tours, self-guiding leaflets for those who prefer to wander at their own pace, and special trails for children.  There is also a superb Cloisters Café and Shop, complete with terrace and walled garden. Visitors can also enjoy the historic Cathedral Close and the beautiful Bishop's Palace Gardens, both only a few steps away.

Fishbourne Roman Palace - Chichester

Mozaic floor at Fishbourne roman palace in West SussexOutside view of Fishbourne Roman Palace in Chichester

Fishbourne Roman Palace - Chichester. The Roman villa was so large that it became known as Fishbourne Roman Palace, and a museum was erected by the Sussex Archaeological Society to protect and preserve some of the remains in situ. The rectangular palace was surrounded by formal gardens and the gardens have been re-planted using authentic plants from the Roman period. The northern half of the building has been reconstructed. A team of volunteers and professional archaeologists are involved in continuing research on a site nearby that is thought to be military buildings.

Bignor Roman Villa

Bignor Roman villa

Bignor Roman Villa - Pulborough is the stunning remains of a Roman home and farm with world-class mosaic floors in a spectacular Downland setting.

Boxgrove Priory

the principal remains include a fine two-storey guest house, roofless but standing to its full height at the gable ends.

Chichester Canal Trips

Chichester canal trips

Chichester Canal trips - The company has a 12 seater and 42 seater boat that runs 2 miles from the canal basin to the Crosbie bridge at Donnington.

Harbour Tours

Map showing Chichester Harbour tours

Boat trips are available for tours, bird watching and fishing trips.

Things to do in West Sussex

Go Ape

Go Ape in Tilgate Park near Crawley

Go Ape in Tilgate Park, near Crawley is a network of rope bridges, trapezes, tunnels and zip wires that stretches through the tree canopy. You will be trained in the use of harnesses, pulleys, carabineers and various safety methods by qualified instructors. Afterwards you will navigate through a tree top obstacle course to eventually finish on a brilliant zip-wire descent. Fantastic fun.

Parks and Gardens to visit

Leonardslee gardens in Horsham, West Sussex

Leonardslee Gardens - Horsham

Borde Hill Garden in Haywards Heath

Borde Hill Garden - Haywards Heath

High Beeches in Handcross, West Sussex

High Beeches - Handcross

Nymans gardens in Handcross

Nymans - Handcross

Butlins Live Music Weekends - Bognor Regis

Butlins in Bognor Regis, West Sussex - Live music weekendsButlins Bognor Regis in West Sussex

Close to Brighton, Bognor Regis is the perfect location – non-stop music and entertainment by night plus so much to do and fantastic facilities to enjoy by day.  If you fancy treating yourself to a bit of luxury you can stay at the Ocean Hotel with it's modern funky Ocean Spa, the contemporary Shoreline hotel or the brand new Wave Hotel.

There is a full program of weekends including: Absolute 80’s weekender, 90’s Reloaded, Back together, Hot summer party, Soul weekender, We love the 70’s featuring The Osmonds, Here and Now the very best of the 80’s, Rockaway beach, Disco Inferno, Electric Dreams weekender, Ibiza legends, and many more.

Find great things to do, the best West Sussex attractions, cheap family days out, romantic weekend breaks & fun things to do visiting West Sussex this weekend.

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