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
Roman man at Roman Fishbourne Palace

Fishbourne Roman Palace

Explore the largest residential Roman building in Britain an...
Woodland waterfall at Woolbedding Gardens

Woolbeding Gardens

Nestled in a quiet corner of West Sussex lies a true horticu...
Leonardslee Lake and Gardens in autumn

Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens

Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens is described as ‘The Finest ...
Agapanthus at Borde Hill gardens

Borde Hill Garden

Borde Hill is a beautiful Grade II* English Heritage listed ...
Cowdray Estate in the misty morning

Cowdray Estate

Located in Midhurst at the heart of the South Downs National...
Arundel Castle pictutred behind the River Arun

Arundel

Arundel captures the essence of heritage, urban chic and cou...
Denmans Garden shadowed with sunlight

Denmans Garden

Denmans is a tranquil contemporary garden started by plantsw...
Hotham Park path through the trees

Hotham Park

Established by the founder of Bognor, Sir Richard Hotham, Ho...
Standen House in the sun

Standen House and Gardens

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

Highdown Gardens is a unique chalk garden nested in the Sout...
Group walking through Chichester City Walls

Chichester City Walls

Follow the trail of the most intact Roman Defences in Southe...
Flower garden at Nymans

Nymans

One of the National Trust’s premier gardens, Nymans has vi...
Chichester flowers and high street, West Sussex

Chichester

Blending old and new, Chichester offers an enticing mix of d...
Young adults sitting in park in Chichester

Bishop’s Palace Gardens

14 acres of tranquil gardens protected by a moat, Bishop’s...
Petworth House on a cloudy day

Petworth House and Park

On the edge of the market town, Petworth House and Park is t...
Chichester Cathedral pictured inside gardens

Chichester Cathedral

The magnificent Cathedral has stood at the centre of Chiches...

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.