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

High Beeches

High Beeches Woodland and Water Garden is 27 acres of natur...
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...
Bishop's Palace Gardens

Bishop’s Palace Gardens

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

Borde Hill

Borde Hill is a beautiful Grade II* English Heritage listed ...
Hotham Park

Hotham Park

Established by the founder of Bognor, Sir Richard Hotham, Ho...
Arundel weekend trip itinerary

Arundel Castle

No trip to West Sussex is complete without visiting the magn...

Standen House and Gardens

Discover the arts and crafts movement at the Standen family ...

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