West Sussex has much to offer the visitor whether choosing a short stay or a longer break. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty containing such areas designated in their own right such as Chichester Harbour with its 50 miles of inlets and shoreline, Pagham Harbour, an internationally important site for nature conservation and the South Downs which bisects the county. It is a popular area and we site many holiday lets around here.
The principal centre is the cathedral city of Chichester, one of the great well-preserved Georgian cities in the UK. Chichester has played a key role in the affairs of Sussex since at least Roman times. The city's broad streets are packed with listed buildings headed by the towering presence of the cathedral now home to a family of peregrine falcons who swoop over the city at dusk
The city centre is neatly enclosed within the ancient city walls which helps to make Chichester compact and pleasant to explore on foot. It is a cosmopolitan, vibrant and friendly city proudly combining two thousand years of heritage with a lively lifestyle.
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.
This part of the coastline is a haven for unusual birds and wildlife with Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve immediately to the east and Chichester Harbour in very close proximity immediately north and west. Both are areas of outstanding natural beauty. Pagham Harbour is an internationally important site for nature conservation while Chichester Harbour also combines its wildlife attractions with sailing centres such as Itchenor, Bosham, Dell Quay and Emsworth. Perhaps best known is Bosham - the church dates back to Saxon times, the earliest parts having been constructed during Canute’s reign and it is the only church to be depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry. Bosham is a bustling village with a colourful quayside, arts and craft centre containing many small craft shops and a coast road that will flood twice daily!
It would not be correct to finish the introduction to West Sussex without mentioning Arundel. Nestling at the foot of the South Downs this is a historic market town that is dominated by the symbolic castle and the rising spire of its cathedral.
Arundel Castle is the seat of the Dukes of Norfolk and is set in 40 acres of sweeping grounds and gardens. It is one of the great treasure houses of England and is home to priceless works of art displayed within stunning rooms. The River Arun is one of two major rivers in West Sussex and flows through the town offering leisurely boat trips upstream that take in the beautiful scenery of the river plain and scarp wooded slopes of the South Downs that cut down to the river’s edge.
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