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.

Heritage and gardens in West Sussex

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

The entrance of Pallant House Gallery

Pallant House Gallery

Pallant House Gallery is one of Britain’s most distinctive...
Man taking selfie at Ouse Valley Viaduct

Ouse Valley Viaduct

Located between Haywards Heath and Balcombe, Ouse Valley...
Chichester Cathedral pictured inside gardens

Chichester Cathedral

The magnificent Cathedral has stood at the centre of Chiches...
Group walking through Chichester City Walls

Chichester City Walls

Follow the trail of the most intact Roman Defences in Southe...
Denmans Garden shadowed with sunlight

Denmans Garden

Denmans is a tranquil contemporary garden started by plantsw...
Arundel Castle pictutred behind the River Arun

Arundel

Arundel captures the essence of heritage, urban chic and cou...
The pond at West Dean Gardens

West Dean Gardens

Nestled at the foot of the South Downs, West Dean Gardens i...
Wakehurst pond and flowers

Wakehurst

Part of London’s Kew Gardens, Wakehurst near Balcombe is ...

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
Children running in front of Petworth House