In the north of the county are the historic market towns of Midhurst and Petworth. nestled in classic landscape that is the Sussex Weald. Midhurst has a rich heritage of half-timbered buildings, 17th and 18th century houses, and provided the setting for many stories by past resident HG Wells. The area between Petworth, Midhurst and Chichester is very picturesque and many country cottages are found around here.
Petworth is made up of quaint winding streets giving an impression that time has stood still. It boasts the county’s best collection of antique shops so is perfect to wander. The town is most famous though for Petworth House and Park, now owned by The National Trust and home to a significant collection of paintings by Turner, Rembrandt and Reynolds. The house is located within the tranquility of the park which was designed by Capability Brown and today hosts the musical and theatrical events featured during the Petworth Festival each summer.
Along the coastline the seaside towns of Bognor Regis and Worthing offer clean beaches and promenades for a leisurely stroll. Further west, West Wittering offers sandy unspoilt dunes with crystal clear waters. It is considered one of the premier 'Blue Flag’ beaches in the country and offers uninterrupted views across to the Isle of Wight.