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
Chichester Cathedral pictured inside gardens

Chichester Cathedral

The magnificent Cathedral has stood at the centre of Chiches...
Close up image of wild flowers with the sun shining through them

Sussex Prairie Gardens

Located near Henfield, the Sussex Prairie Gardens are set i...
Goodwood House on a cloudy day

Goodwood House

Set in the stunning 12,000 acre Goodwood Estate, Goodwood Ho...
Denmans Garden shadowed with sunlight

Denmans Garden

Denmans is a tranquil contemporary garden started by plantsw...
The entrance of Pallant House Gallery

Pallant House Gallery

Pallant House Gallery is one of Britain’s most distinctive...
Arundel weekend trip itinerary

Arundel Castle

No trip to West Sussex is complete without visiting the magn...
Standen House in the sun

Standen House and Gardens

Discover the arts and crafts movement at the Standen family ...
Young adults sitting in park in Chichester

Bishop’s Palace Gardens

14 acres of tranquil gardens protected by a moat, Bishop’s...
Inside a World War II cockpit at Wings Aviation Museum

Wings Aviation Museum

Haywards Heath's very own Wings Aviation Museum is a fascina...
Queen Elizabeth Country Park

Queen Elizabeth Country Park

Queen Elizabeth Country Park is located just outside West Su...
Bignor Roman Villa mosaic floor

Bignor Roman Villa

Bignor Roman Villa features the most complete and intricate ...
Woodland waterfall at Woolbedding Gardens

Woolbeding Gardens

Nestled in a quiet corner of West Sussex lies a true horticu...
Staff in costume at Weald and Downland Living Museum

Weald and Downland Living Museum

There’s nowhere quite like West Sussex’s Weald and Downl...
A steam train down Bluebell Railway

Bluebell Railway

One of the oldest surviving steam trains still trundles thro...
South front of the house from the meadow with white flowers at Uppark House and Garden, West Sussex.

Uppark House and Garden

Uniquely placed in a stunning hilltop location on the South ...
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.