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East Sussex

Things To Do in Sussex

With 150 kilometres of coastline and acres of countryside, there are thousands of things to do in a visit to Sussex, whether you're a thrill-seeker, a shopaholic, a nature lover or a foodie - and since you're never more than an hour from London, the capital's delights can play a part in your stay here.

Most of West Sussex is made up of the beautiful South Downs National Park, but the whole of Sussex's countryside is a joy to behold. There are elegant stately homes, fairytale castles, colourful gardens and cultural connections including Charleston, where the Bloomsbury artists and intellectuals intertwined their lives and loves.

Get up close and personal with Hastings’ smugglers, Eastbourne's adrenaline junkies, Arundel's antiques and Brighton's gastronomy. Discover more about the county's towns and villages using our interactive map of Sussex.

Top 11 things to do in Sussex

Things to do in Sussex this weekend

Explore more than 200 of Sussex's tourist attractions, many of which are open all year round so find something to do today with activities listings each showing a map and opening times for your convenience. Or why not browse our events guide to find out what's on in Sussex today or this week. Check out our Days Out guide packed with information on what to do in a weekend across East & West Sussex.

Accommodation

A day out in Sussex can easily be extended to two, or three or more days, and luckily Sussex offers an array of hotels, inns, B&Bs and other accommodation that will not only help you extend your stay but enhance it:

List of things to do & places to visit for days out in Sussex

For more information about Sussex, including ideas for days out, attractions and events, view the list below for information on things to do and towns and villages within the county. Use the 'map view' button to find something near you.

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  1. Add Parham House & Gardens to your Itinerary

    Parham House & Gardens

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Pulborough

    Set in the heart of an ancient deer park, Parham House and Gardens is situated below the South Downs. The house and gardens have been lovingly restored by the Pearson family who bought Parham in 1922.

  2. Add Connaught Theatre, Cinema & Studio to your Itinerary

    Connaught Theatre, Cinema & Studio

    Type

    Theatre

    Location

    Worthing

    The Art Deco Connaught Theatre, Cinema and Studio hosts a wide variety of plays ranging from musicals and thrillers to drama and children’s shows as well as 2D and 3D blockbuster films.

  3. Add Slindon to your Itinerary

    Slindon

    Type

    Towns & Villages

    Location

    Arundel

    Slindon village is charming and unspoilt, with brick and flint houses surrounded by beech woods, farms and open downland with many of the houses in the care of the National Trust

  4. Add Lindfield to your Itinerary

    Lindfield

    Type

    Towns & Villages

    Situated to the north of Haywards Heath, lindfield has four ingredients traditionally required for an attractive Sussex village -a historic church, a picturesque High Street, (once one of the coaching routes to Brighton), a tranquil pond graced by wi

  5. Add Bishop's Palace Gardens   to your Itinerary

    Bishop's Palace Gardens

    Type

    Garden

    Location

    Chichester

    Bishop's Palace Gardens is situated within the City Walls, next to the Cathedral. And it has now been developed by the council to offer a peaceful retreat for all to enjoy.

  6. West Sussex

    Type

    Towns & Villages

    An abundance of castles, gardens, museums, cathedrals and country houses set amid stunning southern coastline, the beautiful South Downs, picturesque market towns and traditional English villages.

  7. Add Wakehurst to your Itinerary

    Wakehurst

    Type

    Garden

    Location

    Haywards Heath

    Wakehurst has been managed by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew since 1965.  The collections are in general arranged geographically to create an 80 minute walk through the temperate forests of the world.  In addition there are four national collections including Betula, Skimmia, Nothofagus and...

  8. Add Midhurst to your Itinerary

    Midhurst

    Type

    Towns & Villages

    The famous ruins at Cowdray opened to the public again in 2007 after an extensive refurbishment.


  9. Add Wey and Arun Canal Trust to your Itinerary

    Wey and Arun Canal Trust

    Type

    Boat Trip

    Location

    Loxwood

    In 1970 a few enthusiastic individuals formed the Wey & Arun Canal Society; more supporters were quickly gained, and in 1973 the Society was re-formed as a charitable Trust Company, the Wey & Arun Canal Trust Limited.

  10. Add St Mary's House & Gardens to your Itinerary

    St Mary's House & Gardens

    Type

    Historic Site

    Location

    Steyning

    An enchanting historic 15th century timber-framed house, with magnificent gardens, in the picturesque award-winning downland village of Bramber, West Sussex ... a place of fascination and mystery.

    Many thousands of visitors have admired its picturesque charm and enjoyed its atmosphere of...