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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.

Places to visit in Sussex

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 10 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 listings for attractions 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 in the east and west of the county.

Drusillas Park in East Sussex is widely regarded as the best small zoo in Europe. However, animals are only half the fun; visitors can also explore the large adventure play areas and meet their TV heroes!

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. Drusillas Park

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    Animal Collection / Zoo

    Alfriston

    Widely regarded as the best small zoo in the country Drusillas Park offers an opportunity to get nose to nose with nature with hundreds of exotic animals from monkeys and crocodiles to penguins and meerkats.

  2. British Airways i360

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    Sightseeing

    Brighton

    Take to the skies to see Brighton and the South Coast as you have never seen them before!

  3. Wadhurst

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    Towns & Villages

    Wadhurst

    Wadhurst lies 6 miles south east of Tunbridge Wells, at the crossroads of the B2100 and the B2099. It has a long High Street of tile-hung cottages. At one time it was of great importance as a hub of the Wealden Iron Industry .

  4. Blackland Farm Activity Centre

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    Adventure Park / Playground

    East Grinstead

    Outdoor activity centre offering:
    canoeing, climbing, archery, abseiling, crate challenge, orienteering and team building.

  5. Petworth House & Park

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    Historic House / Palace

    Petworth

    The beauty and drama of this 17th century palace inspired the artist JMW Tuner time and time again. Petworth became Turner’s favourite retreat and he was a regular guest of the 3rd Earl of Egremont. Today a world famous art collection fills the...

  6. Horley

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    Towns & Villages

    Horley is a small but busy town of over 20,000 people situated almost half way between London and Brighton on the south coast.

  7. St Mary's House & Gardens

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    Historic Site

    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...

  8. Leechpool Woods

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    Parkland / Woodland Garden

    Horsham

    Leechpool is an ancient woodland covering 53 acres and includes Oak, Ash, Hazel, Hawthorn, Holly, Blackthorn, Sweet Chestnut and Scots Pine.

  9. Hurstpierpoint

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    Towns & Villages

    Hustpierpoint is a village in the centre of Sussex which was mentioned in the Doomsday book.

  10. East Head West Wittering

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    Natural Feature

    Chichester


    One of the fastest moving sand and shingle spits in the United Kingdom

    East Head, in West Sussex, is one of the last surviving pieces of natural coastline in Sussex; a treasured example of the nationally rare and fragile, yet dynamic, sand-dune...

  11. Warninglid

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    Towns & Villages

    WARNINGLID or Warninglyth, as it was known in the 1300s, has Saxon origins with medieval iron-industry connections. In the last 25 years it has won the Best Kept Village competition three times and been runner-up on six other occasions. Its centre wa

  12. Pulborough

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    Pulborough is a rural village lying across the line of the Roman Stane Street (the A29) which historically connects London and the north to important south coast ports and towns.

  13. Beachy Head Countryside Centre

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    Heritage / Visitor Centre

    Eastbourne

    Beachy Head Countryside Centre is situated at Beachy Head, a renowned beauty spot with incredible views.
    The Countryside Centre has an excellent gift shop, Downland Experience giving information about the geology, natural and general history of...

  14. Cliff Railways - West Hill

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    Railway

    Hastings

    Information about one of Hastings' most recognisable landmarks. East Hill Lift provides easy access to the Country Park. West Hill Lift takes you to the Castle and Adventure Park.

  15. Rye

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    Towns & Villages

    Rye's ancient medieval streets are clustered around a sandstone hillside, over River Rother and Romney Marsh. Find things to do and places to visit nearby.

  16. Petworth

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    Towns & Villages

    Petworth - a perfect blend of history, culture and shopping!

  17. Cissbury Ring

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    Historic Site

    Worthing


    The most historic hill on the South Downs

    Cissbury Ring, just north of the coastal town of Worthing, is one of the jewels in the crown of the new South Downs National Park. It's the largest hill fort in Sussex and has a history dating back over...

  18. Arundel Wetland Centre

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    Nature Reserve

    ARUNDEL

    A stunning nature reserve with guided boat trips through reedbeds, secluded spots to watch wildlife and a collection wildfowl from around the world.

  19. Warnham Nature Reserve

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    Nature Reserve

    Horsham

    A haven of peace and beauty within a mile of Horsham, this 92 acre site offers a 17 acre millpond, reedbeds and woodlands which are rich in flora, dragonflies and birdlife. Includes a visitor centre, cafe, two bird hides and free parking.

  20. Stansted Park

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    Historic House / Palace

    Stansted Park is home to stunning weddings, forest walks, afternoon teas and some of the best events in the south! Visit the Mansion for a real sense of a bygone era.