Sussex is located in South West England and borders Surrey, Kent and Hampshire. Like its neighbour Kent, Sussex’ shores are known as the Gateway to England.

The coastline, backed by the green slopes of the South Downs offers some of the finest walking and cycling paths in England and allow visitors to really appreciate the picturesque surroundings.

Sussex’s highest point, Black Down is still covered in heavy woodland of birch and chestnut, while across the boundary towards Surrey lie the wild heath and heather-covered hills which surround Haslemere and Hindhead. The landscape is romantic and quintessentially English.

The reed and water lilly rivers of Arun, Adur, Cuckmere and the Ouse flow through wooded valleys and rolling hills. The heavily-wooded Sussex Downs stretch to within a few miles of Chichester and its magnificent cathedral.

The downs are also crisscrossed by ancient pathways and feature Roman remains such as Fishbourne Palace, one of the finest Roman excavations in the UK.

The valley of the River Arun is a region of outstanding natural beauty. Sussex’s longest river lazily meanders through pastures and gentle valleys, past the towns of Littlehampton and Arundel.

Outdoor Activities

Brooklands Pleasure Park caters for the young and includes a number of attractions and activities including pony rides, bouncy castles, trampolines and a miniature railway – its open throughout the year. Knockhatch Adventure Park in Hailsham is also popular and features playgrounds, go-karts and toboggan rides.

For a more tranquil day out visit Nymans Garden House. It’s home to a large collection of rare and exotic plants, a rose garden and woodland walks.

Leonardslee is also worth visiting and consists of over 200 acres of beautiful woodland and garden areas. There’s also a miniature Victorian town and a collection of old motor cars from Victorian times.

History and Culture

Fishbourne Roman Palace is an important historical site and features the remains of the largest Roman buildings in the country. Visitors will find elaborate mosaic floors, courtyards and an underground central-heating system. Computer generated displays are also available and tell the story of this impressive attraction.

The award-winning Newhaven Fort should also be visited and provides life-size exhibits, underground tunnels and large gun emplacements.

The How we Lived Then Museum in Eastbourne is equally noteable and features over 100 artefacts dating from the mid-18th century. The museum is set out over a collection of recreated old shops and buildings.

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