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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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Arlington

Arlington Pond by Helen Proctor

The civil Parish of Arlington comprises two villages. Arlington dates from Roman times and has a Saxon church. Upper Dicker village further north,...

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  1. Add Shoreham-by-Sea to your Itinerary

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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...

  2. Add East Wittering to your Itinerary

    East Wittering

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    Chichester

    East Wittering lies on the same shore of the Selsey Peninsular and provides a sandy beach at low tide, pebbly at high tide.

  3. Add Steyning to your Itinerary

    Steyning

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    Steeped in History and set against the inspiring landscape of the South Downs, Steyning is one of the most picturesque towns in Sussex.

  4. Add Ardingly to your Itinerary

    Ardingly

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    Ardingly is a parish of attractive wooded scenery in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The village sign was erected as a memorial to Viscountess Wolseley, and marks the site of the original tollgate.

  5. Add Bury to your Itinerary

    Bury

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    Bury is a picturesque village nestling beneath the downs and beside River Arun. There are many attractive old cottages, some thatched and some roofed with Horsham stone.

  6. Add Petworth to your Itinerary

    Petworth

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

  7. Add Ditchling to your Itinerary

    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.

  8. Add Goodwood to your Itinerary

    Goodwood

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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.

  9. Add Storrington to your Itinerary

    Storrington

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    Storrington

    Storrington, once the home of a flourishing 1930s artistic community based around the Roman Catholic Priory, now a bustling place ideal for using as a base for exploring the South Downs. Storrington Museum

  10. Add Handcross to your Itinerary

    Handcross

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    Handcross, is a Victorian village close to the A23 main London to Brighton road. Nearby are the 30 acres of Nymans Gardens run by the National Trust, as well as the 20 acres of woodland and water gardens at The High Beeches.