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
Arundel Cathedral

Arundel Cathedral

Overlooking the historic market town of Arundel is the magni...
Man taking selfie at Ouse Valley Viaduct

Ouse Valley Viaduct

Located between Haywards Heath and Balcombe, Ouse Valley...
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Highdown Gardens

Highdown Gardens is a unique chalk garden nested in the Sout...
The entrance of Pallant House Gallery

Pallant House Gallery

Pallant House Gallery is one of Britain’s most distinctive...
Denmans Garden shadowed with sunlight

Denmans Garden

Denmans is a tranquil contemporary garden started by plantsw...
A steam train down Bluebell Railway

Bluebell Railway

One of the oldest surviving steam trains still trundles thro...
Pathway leading up to the white 'Jill' windmill, one of two windmills in Sussex making up the Jack and Jill Windmills

Jack and Jill Windmills

The Jack and Jill Windmills stand on the South Downs above t...
Vintage cars down race track at Goodwood Estate

Goodwood Estate

The home of the Duke and Duchess of Richmond and Gordon, the...
Stansted House red brick building

Stansted Park

Stansted is a Grade II Listed Edwardian country house set on...
Two people enjoying a walk in the green countryside in Sussex

Storrington

Enjoy a visit to Storrington: a thriving, picturesque villag...
Inside a World War II cockpit at Wings Aviation Museum

Wings Aviation Museum

Haywards Heath's very own Wings Aviation Museum is a fascina...
Agapanthus at Borde Hill gardens

Borde Hill Garden

Borde Hill is a beautiful Grade II* English Heritage listed ...
Chichester flowers and high street, West Sussex

Chichester

Blending old and new, Chichester offers an enticing mix of d...
Cowdray Estate in the misty morning

Cowdray Estate

Located in Midhurst at the heart of the South Downs National...
Roman man at Roman Fishbourne Palace

Fishbourne Roman Palace

Explore the largest residential Roman building in Britain an...
Hotham Park path through the trees

Hotham Park

Established by the founder of Bognor, Sir Richard Hotham, Ho...

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

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.