You can also click here to visit the Experience West Sussex website which showcases the best active days, new experiences, back-to-nature family outings and cultural encounters in the county.
“The Downs… too much for one pair of eyes, enough to float a whole population in happiness, if only they would look”
Virginia Woolf, diaries
The South Downs Way is one of 15 National Trails in England and Wales and was the first bridleway National Trail in England. It is also the only National Trail to lie entirely within a National Park.
Stretching from the ancient cathedral city of Winchester in the west, first capital of England, through to the white chalky cliffs of the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head at Eastbourne in the east, almost all of its stunning 160 kilometre length is blissfully off-road.
Inspired by the Baroque palaces of Europe and nestled in the South Downs, Petworth House displays the finest art collection in the care of the National Trust.
Petworth House sits in 700 acre park and is one of the finest unspoilt examples of an English landscape park designed by Capability Brown. It is also home to the largest and oldest herd of fallow deer in England.
Britain’s largest collection of working steam
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. From the atmosphere of our traditional fairground, to riding on our steam railways, or wandering through the woodland gardens, there’s something for all ages.
“We are an independent Museum, we rescue and conserve historic buildings, we teach traditional trades and crafts to ensure their preservation and we share the untold stories of rural life and those who lived it in the South East of England”
– Simon Wardell, Museum Director –
Come and discover rescued rural homes and buildings set in a beautiful landscape in the South Downs National Park. Our collection tells the stories of the people who lived and worked in rural South East England over 1,000 years.
West Dean, near Chichester is home to the Edward James Foundation known for the College which specialises in conservation, arts and crafts, and for its beautifully restored Gardens which are open to the public.
Goodwood offers a variety and unique mixture of activities. Goodwood House the home of the Dukes of Richmond for over 300 years, horseracing including the famous Glorious Goodwood event, motor sport with both the world renowned Festival of Speed and the Goodwood Revival, other activities include flying and golf.