Heritage and gardens

Home to historic houses, castles and gardens, West Sussex is steeped in history and heritage. From world famous castles like Arundel to magnificent gardens and ruined Tudor Mansions like Cowdray to the remains of a Roman home at Bignor Roman Villa. So whether you’re looking for a family day out or a chance to discover something new, West Sussex is the place to be.

Local guides

Get inspiration for your next trip with the help of our local guides. Discover top attractions, fun things to do and exciting new experiences. There is something for everyone in West Sussex.

Things to do and see

Jack and Jill Windmills

The Jack and Jill Windmills stand on the South Downs above t...

Leonardslee Gardens

Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens is described as ‘The Finest ...

Storrington

Enjoy a visit to Storrington: a thriving, picturesque villag...

Horsham Visitor Information Centre

Located in Horsham Museum, your first point of contact when ...

Edes House tours

Join the 'If walls could talk' tour in the wonderful foyer w...
Bishop's Palace Gardens

Bishop’s Palace Gardens

14 acres of tranquil gardens protected by a moat, Bishop’s...
Ouse Valley Viaduct

Ouse Valley Viaduct

Located between Haywards Heath and Balcombe, Ouse Valley Via...
Chichester City Walls

Chichester City Walls

Follow the trail of the most intact Roman Defences in Southe...

History and heritage

From rare art to aristocratic splendour, some of our historic places have it all. Take a stroll in the distinguished grounds of Petworth House and Park before exploring the building itself which contains works by Turner and Blake. It’s a great choice for art connoisseurs of all ages.

If you’re looking for something for all the family, the Weald and Downland Living Museum is another good option. It hosts historic craft activities for children, woodland walks and gives an insight into 1,000 years of English rural life. There’s such a range of options, big and small, indoor and outdoor, that you can enjoy a historic visit to West Sussex all year round.

Arundel Castle