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Mid Sussex

Nestled in quintessentially English countryside, there is plenty to do and see in Mid Sussex. With much of the district desginated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty including sections of the South Downs National Park and High Weald, Mid Sussex is a gem worth visiting for a truly memorable experience.

The towns of East Grinstead, Burgess Hill & Haywards Heath are brimming with history and you're never far from a traditional farmers market or speciality shop. Dotted across the scenic countryside, an array of idyllic villages are waiting to be explored with many close to must-see attractions.

Experience Mid Sussex

If you're looking for something a little unique then take a look at the Experience Mid Sussex website a selection of the very best attractions, hotels and venues. From breath-taking houses and gardens, vineyards and show ground venues to 4 and 5 star hotels, restaurants and spas, there is plenty to discover. Members of Experience Mid Sussex have come together to provide a truly unique and memorable visitor experience. 

Countryside

For breathtaking landscapes and some of the best views in the UK, you've come to the right place. Legend has it that he devil himself dug a valley in what is now the South Downs National Park to flood the Sussex Weald.

Tree covered ridges, dramatic sandstone outcrops and wooded valleys can be discovered on walks in the High Weald leaving ramblers spoilt for choice.

Worth Way runs seven miles along a disused railway line rom Three Bridges to East Grinstead where chalk loving plans like common spotted orchid and wild strawberry flourish.

Gardens

NymansHundreds of acres of unspoilt countryside are home to magnificent floral displays with the likes of Nymans and Wakehurst Place on any horticulturalist's bucket list.

High Beeches Gardens is set in 27 acres of magnificent woodland and water gardens full of rare, exotic and unusual plants and see why Borde Hill Garden is dubbed 'one of the country's truly great gardens'.

Culture

There's something to suit all tastes from classical concerts to family theatre and a plethora of exhibitions and events throughout the year. May's Lindfield Arts Festival or the summer St Lawrence Fair are among the highlights, but Chequer Mead Art Centre in East Grinstead, Martlets Hall in Burgess Hill and Clair Hall in Haywards Heath all host a variety of shows and events.

Leisure

Some of England's most prestigious events take place in Mid Sussex such as the revered Royal International Horse Show and the renowned South of England Show that showcases hundreds of craft exhibitiors among its wealth of entertainment.

For the more adventurous type, mountain bike hire, watersports, abseiling, archery and rifle shooting are all available in the beautiful settings of Mid Sussex.

Heritage

Mid Sussex boasts a treasure trove of historical attractions from the Victorian Standen House to the Jacobean almhouse of Sackville College.

Sit back and enjoy a ride on the Bluebell Railway steam train and don't miss the sights of Jack (and Jill!) Windmill or the 11 million brick Balcombe Viaduct.

Museums at East Grinstead and Cuckfield allow you to step back into the past and the 15th Century Priest House was part of the divorce settlement of Anne of Cleeves when Cromwell was beheaded.

Indulgence

Tee off on golf courses that are as beautiful as they are challenging with unrivalled views across the South Downs.

Internationally renowned vineyards conduct tasting tours while local produce from the famous High Weald Dairy will see you sampling award winning cuisine.

Enjoy pamperng and relaxation at a magnificent spa hotel with luxurious treatments on offer pefect for anniversaries or a girls' break. An eclectic mix of high street names, speciality shops and antique markets make Mid Sussex the perfect place for pleasure shopping.

Spa Hotels & Pubs

For luxury spa breaks, East Grinstead is the place to be with the Felbridge Hotel & Spa and Alexander House Utopia highly recommended spots for relaxation and pampering paradise.

The Mid Sussex Hoteliers Association comprises representativs from a variety of accommodation providers in the area, who work together for the benefit of the local hospitality industry and is a good place to start when planning your stay.

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  1. Add Turners Hill to your Itinerary

    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

  2. Add Hassocks to your Itinerary

    Hassocks

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    Hassocks

    Hassocks is a attractive village situated just to the north of the South Downs in Sussex, some 7 miles from Brighton. It is ideally situated, having links by both road and rail to London and the Sussex Coast, and direct access to the South Downs. The

  3. Add Hurstpierpoint to your Itinerary

    Hurstpierpoint

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

  4. Add Burgess Hill to your Itinerary

    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.

  5. 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.

  6. Add Haywards Heath to your Itinerary

    Haywards Heath

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    In the heart of mid Sussex is Haywards Heath, which owes much of its growth to the railway. The town has an impressive collection of Victorian and Edwardian houses, many situated in mature grounds surrounding the Conservation Area of Muster Green.

  7. Add East Grinstead to your Itinerary

    East Grinstead

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    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

  8. 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.