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Brighton

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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 the west of 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.

Things to do in Sussex this weekend

Many of Sussex's tourist attractions 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 happening this week.

If you're looking for something for all the family visit Drusillas Park in East Sussex near Alfriston, widely regarded as the best small Zoo in the county. Or use our guide to explore 200 things to do in Sussex.

Top Days Out in Sussex

There are race-courses and casinos for a flutter, people to meet, places to dance and the celebration party of the year which is Brighton’s annual Pride parade. Everywhere you turn there are coffee shops, bars and restaurants of every style, cuisine and budget to tempt you. Don’t forget retail therapy either, with flea markets to mooch around and independent shops filled with clothing, gadgets and nice things you never knew you needed.

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:

Towns and places to visit in Sussex

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Crawley

Crawley

Crawley is one of the largest Towns in Sussex and with its close links to Gatwick, many in the area have proposed changing it's name to Gatwick City....

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    Crawley

    Sitting midway between the colourful city of Brighton and the sprawl of London, Crawley is perfectly placed to explore South East England and offers dozens of attractions and accommodation providers.

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    Ditchling

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    Tudor houses, Georgian homes, village pond and mediaeval church set on the green. This is the picture postcard village of Ditchling.

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


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    Landmarks are Treyford Hill at 770ft, and the Shepherd's Church of St Andrews which dates from 1220. The church is always open and is lit only by candles.

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    Arundel

    Charming, stylish and full of history, this picturesque market town is probably most famous for two stunning landmarks - Arundel Castle and Arundel Cathedral.

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    Henfield

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    Henfield

    Henfield is a delightful rural market town dating from 770AD. Its rural setting, ancient commons and friendly shops and pubs make a great destination.

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    Turners Hill

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    Turners Hill village stands on a steep ridge line at one of the highest points, (600 feet above sea level), of the Sussex Weald where two historically important routes, the B2110 and B2028, cross. There are impressive views from the centre of the vil

  8. Add Worthing to your Itinerary

    Worthing

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    One of the biggest towns on the South Coast, Worthing is a lively destination for shopping, eating, entertainment and family fun by the seaside!

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    Chichester

    Goodwood House, home to the Dukes of Richmond and Gordon for over 300 years, together with the Goodwood Motor Circuit and Racecourse, hotel and Sculpture Park are the main landmarks of this charming village and area of the downs.

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    Lancing, situated between the South Downs and the sea, has a long history dating back to the Stone Age. During the Bronze Age (1500 to 500BC) a sacred place was made near Lancing Ring and an incense cup and fragments of pottery from this spot are now in the British Museum. Lancing College chapel...