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Things To Do in Sussex

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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 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 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. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. Hurstpierpoint

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    Towns & Villages

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

  4. Pavilion Theatre

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    Theatre

    Worthing

    Part of Worthing Theatres, the Pavilion Theatre is situated on the promenade at the entrance to Worthing’s pier and hosts a variety of theatre, dance, music and comedy as well as events including craft fairs, children’s workshops and corporate events

  5. Alfriston Clergy House

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    Historic House / Palace

    Polegate

    The Clergy House is remarkable as an ordinary house surviving from the 14th century. It was probably built for a farmer but became the property of the church, which is how it gets its name. By the 1890s, it was virtually derelict.

  6. Bexhill Museum

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    Museum

    Bexhill-on-Sea

    A friendly, local museum with a surprising variety of displays spread over three galleries, lillustrating the geology, natural and local history and archaeology of the area.

  7. Ashdown Forest

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    Country / Royal Park

    East Grinstead

    6,500 acres of beautiful countryside located between East Grinstead and Uckfield, West Hoathly and Tunbridge Wells. Ashdown Forest is so much more than a walk in the country. Visit our new website www.ashdownforest.com

  8. Bolney

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    Bolney

    Bolney is a village and civil parish in the Mid Sussex district of West Sussex.

  9. Arlington

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    Polegate

    The civil Parish of Arlington comprises two villages. Arlington dates from Roman times and has a Saxon church. Upper Dicker village further north, developed in the late 19th century when Horatio Bottomley built and extended a cottage here.

  10. Burgess Hill

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    Burgess Hill

    Burgess Hill is a small town, just a few miles from Haywards Heath. The shopping facilities are very good for a small town, with an 'out of town' supermarket which includes a petrol station and restaurant/coffee shop.

  11. Borde Hill Garden

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    Garden

    Haywards Heath

    A historical formal Garden, woodlands, lakes, parkland and adventure playground.

    Event days. Café & restaurant, art gallery, gift shop. Dogs permitted

  12. The True CRIME Museum

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    Museum

    Hastings

    “A SHOCKING new attraction for everyone fascinated by the dark world of CRIME”

  13. Mannings Heath Golf Club & Wine Estate

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    Vineyard

    Horsham

    With the collaboration of wine and golf, we are aiming to attract visitors for wine visiting, fine food experiences, with a challenging experience for golfers.

  14. Hamsey

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    Walk along the riverbank from Lewes via Offham and you will come to the little village of Hamsey. It is said that Hamsey was almost wiped out by plague. All that remains of the village today is the beautiful old church on its grassy knoll overlooking

  15. Stone Cross Garden Centre and woodland walk

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    Garden Centre

    Pevensey

    Stone Cross Garden Centre is an independent centre. We pride ourselves on having an extensive knowledge, a wide range of plants and everything you need to enjoy your garden. We have cultivated our ancient woodland to create a Woodland walk.

  16. Leonardslee Gardens

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    Countryside, Parks & Gardens

    Horsham

    One of the finest gardens in Britain, Leonardslee will reopen to the public in March 2018. The Grade 2 listed Italianate style ropery will house dining facilities and become a local attraction for wedding groups and events.

  17. Brighton Centre

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    Concert Hall

    Brighton

    The Brighton Centre is the largest purpose built events venue on the South Coast.

  18. Marley Common

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    Natural Feature

    Haslemere


    Coconut-scents, purple heather and intimate woodland walks

    Marley Common in West Sussex, is a mixed broadleaf woodland and open heath. It's one of our oldest countryside acquisitions, having its centenary in 2011.

    The Common has had an...

  19. Fontwell Park Racecourse

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    Sports Ground

    Arundel

    Fontwell Park, otherwise known as the jewel of West Sussex, is a unique and friendly racecourse set in the picturesque surroundings of West Sussex. It boasts the only figure of 8 jumps track in the country and has 24 race meetings all year round.

  20. Midhurst

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    Towns & Villages

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