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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. 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. East Grinstead

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    Towns & Villages

    On the edge of Ashdown Forest, historic East Grinstead is a lively market town with a charter dating from as long ago as 1221. Until the 18th Century, East Grinstead flourished as an assize and market town and as the centre of the surrounding agricul

  4. Drovers Estate

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    Natural Feature

    Chichester


    Nestled in undulating hills, step back to a timeless rural life

    Drovers is a hidden estate nestling in the undulating hills and valleys of the South Downs. Here you can step back to a timeless rural life, set amidst shady woodland and rolling...

  5. Ridgeview Wine Estate

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    Vineyard

    Ditchling, Hassocks

    Ridgeview was established in 1995 and is renowned as a pioneer in emerging English sparkling wine industry. We offer tours, tastings and corporate hire at our state of the art winery, which overlooks the South Downs National Park.

  6. Arundel

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    Towns & Villages

    Arundel

    Arundel is a charming, stylish market town famous for its landmarks, Arundel Castle and Arundel Cathedral. Find things to do and places to visit nearby

  7. 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...

  8. Hove

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    Towns & Villages

    Hove

    West of Brighton is Hove where the seafront takes on a leisurely feel with the beach huts and seafront lawns overlooked by beautiful Regency architecture.

  9. Barcombe

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    Towns & Villages

    Barcombe is three villages in one. There is the original community which surrounds the church, Barcombe Cross where villagers fled to escape the Black Death and Barcombe Mills, a popular fishing spot.

  10. Wilderness Wood

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    Forest

    Crowborough

    "A hidden treat". A unique 61 acre family-run working woodland, where you can still see traditional coppicing. Fascinating and beautiful at all seasons, with miles of paths and tracks to explore, including springtime bluebell walk.

  11. Heaven Farm Museum

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    Museum

    Uckfield

    Historic farm on A275, 1 mile south of Danehill near the Bluebell Railway and Sheffield Park Garden. Fishing, museum, nature trail and tea rooms.

  12. Ferring

    Ferring, Worthing

    A lively Sussex seafront village, between Worthing and Littlehampton.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Devonshire Park Theatre

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    Theatre

    Eastbourne

    The Devonshire Park Theatre is a Grade II listed building designed by Henry Currey, built in 1884 and further improved by celebrated Theatre Architect Frank Matcham in 1903.
    The theatre has a seating capacity of 936.

  16. Saltdean Beach

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    Beach

    Brighton

    Saltdean beach is shingle between rock groynes backed by high chalk cliffs and at low tide, you have rock pools to explore. Located approximately 5 miles to the East of Brighton.

  17. Steyning

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    Towns & Villages

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

  18. 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.

  19. Saddlescombe Farm and Newtimber Hill

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    Farm

    Brighton


    A hidden hamlet nestled in the downs

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    Saddlescombe is a working farm and is only fully open on special open days.

    You are welcome to visit the cafe, information barn and Donkey wheel at any time. Please note there is no parking in...

  20. 1066 Country

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    Towns & Villages

    With a spectacular combination of coast and countryside that's littered with relics and ruins from the Norman invasion, 1066 Country is the kind of place where you don't just learn about history, you live it