Far from the London sprawl, West Sussex is on the south coast where the English Channel shoreline is lined with continuous towns and seaside resorts.
Many of these, like Chichester and Arundel are historic and have compelling Roman, Saxon and medieval monuments.
Others, like Worthing and Bognor Regis are holiday centres, harnessing the sunny climate and pebble beaches for carefree summer days.
Inland are the rounded chalk hills of the South Downs, a region of thatched cottages, flint walls and genteel market towns.
This is the place for bike rides and walks in the national park and visits to idyllic villages with country pubs.
Lets explore the best places to visit in West Sussex:
As the “ester” suffix in the name implies, Chichester has a Roman history.
But it could also be Britain’s earliest Roman history as Chichester may have been where Claudius’ army landed in AD 43. As you see it now, Chichester is a sophisticated Georgian city straight out of a Jane Austen novel.
In one of its many townhouses is the Pallant House Gallery, with a cache of 20th-century British art by Lucien Freud, David Bomberg, Peter Blake and many more.
Chichester Cathedral, from 1075, has the honour being the only English cathedral visible from the sea, and the walled Bishop’s Palace Gardens is a secret oasis of bright colour in spring and summer.