The south coastal county of West Sussex has a number of interesting historic towns, good beaches and stunning countryside which attracts visitors each year. It is also within easy reach of London and perfect for a day trip or touring holiday with many good cycling trails and horse riding venues. The beautifully preserved market town of Chichester is dominated by its cathedral dating from the twelfth century and the beautiful Chagall stained window is a feature of the building.
The harbour is a great place to explore with many good restaurants and see the fishing and sailing boats in the area. Nearby Fishbourne Palace is the largest Roman Villa in England. The eighteenth century Goodwood House has a magnificent art collection including work by Canaletto. The horse racing festival of “Glorious Goodwood” is worth spending a day to see the event.
At Arundel the beautiful hill top castle is the main feature of this historic town and was first built by the Normans. The impressive Guildhall in town is another attraction and sets the scene for a charming market town. Seventeenth century Petworth House was immortalized in a Turner painting and remains a popular place for visitors to go. The small town of Steyning is a charming place to explore with many historic buildings and traditional shops.
At nearby Bramber the remains of a Norman castle can be seen and the area around Cissbury Ring and Chanctonbury Ring make excellent walks to these Iron Age Forts. At the seaside town of Worthing Oscar Wilde wrote The Importance of Being Earnest, one of the best known plays in English Literature. West Sussex has a surprising amount of history in the county and is a beautiful place to spend time and to get to know the South Coast of England.