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Places to visit in Sussex

Brighton and Bognor may be most familiar, but there's so much more to the sunny Sussex coast. With its history of being a favourite UK holiday destination – the Victorians were particular fans of Brighton and Hastings – Sussex has long been one of the best places in the UK when you want to enjoy a day at the seaside. In 2014, Bognor Regis was officially recognized as the sunniest place in England, so it's not hard to see why it's proved such a hit with us all. But it's not just beach resorts; Sussex is a county steeped in history and beautiful rolling countryside – who hasn't heard of the Battle of Hastings and the South Downs?

Lots to see and do

Our top picks

There are lots of fabulous places to visit, using Haven holiday parks as your base. From beautiful beaches and landscapes to places of interest like historical sites and nature trails, or attractions like theme parks and wildlife parks - there are choices to suit the whole family. Check out our top picks.
Picturesque Arundel Castle

Places of interest

Arundel Castle

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With nearly 1000 years of history and set within 40 acres of extensive grounds and gardens, this beautiful castle has so much to see. Enjoy the grandeur of the finely preserved interior with its fascinating furniture, tapestries and rare collection of paintings by renowned artists including Van Dyck and Gainsborough.

Address:

Arundel Castle, Arundel, Sussex, BN18 9AB

Open dates: 1 April - 29 October
Distance from park:
18 miles from Church Farm
Bognor Regis Beach at sunset

Beaches

Bognor Regis Beach

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Enjoy the sunshine in this traditional seaside town with its delightful shingle beach, popular for swimming, sailing and fishing.

Address:

Bognor Regis Beach, Bognor Regis, Sussex, PO21 2QX

Open dates: All year round
Restrictions:
Dogs are not allowed from 1 April-30 September
 
Lifeguards: 7 July-2 September
 
Lifeguard patrol times: 10am-6pm
Distance from park:
5 miles from Church Farm
Chichester cathedral surrounded by trees

Places of interest

Chichester

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Chichester is a cathedral city in West Sussex, South-East England. It is full of history and home to some of the oldest churches and buildings in Great Britain. It is also home to quirky boutiques and large department stores—great for a little retail therapy.

Address:

Tourist Information Centre, 29a South Street, Chichester, Sussex, PO19 1AH

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
6 miles from Church Farm
A race car at Goodwood Revival

Attractions

Goodwood Estate

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Get your glad rags on and enjoy the spectacular Glorious Goodwood and the Festival of Speed, both held at Goodwood House.

Address:

Goodwood House, Goodwood, Chichester, Sussex, PO18 0PX

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
9 miles from Church Farm
Harbour Park

Attractions

Harbour Park

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If you’re planning a family day out by the beach, head to Harbour Park. Great for families with children from 2-12 years old, you can all enjoy rides, attractions and traditional arcade games.

Address:

Harbour Park, Seafront, Littlehampton, Sussex, BN17 5LH

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
13 miles from Church Farm
Clown fish hiding in reef

Attractions

Blue Reef Aquarium

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Over 40 naturally themed habitats transport you on a fantastic journey from the shoreline of Hastings to the tropical waters of the deep ocean.

Address:

Blue Reef Aquarium, Rock-A-Nore Road, Hastings, Sussex, TN34 3DW

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
26 miles from Church Farm
4 miles from Combe Haven
A view of Camber Sands

Beaches

Camber Sands

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Enjoy seven miles of sandy beach edged with dunes protecting the village of Camber. Dogs are allowed between May and September and must be on a lead within labelled zones on the beach.

Address:

Camber, Nr Rye, Sussex, TN31 7RL

Open dates: All year round
Restrictions:
Dogs not allowed from 1 May-30 September
 
Lifeguards: Daily 26 May-2 September
 
Lifeguard patrol times: 10am-6pm
Distance from park:
19 miles from Combe Haven
A panoramic view of Hastings

Places of interest

Hastings

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A town steeped with history, Hastings is known as 1066 Country after the Battle of Hastings. With the largest fleet of beach-launched fishing boats in Europe and a Victorian Pier, Hastings is a popular destination for families to enjoy.

Address:

Hastings Information Centre, Queens Square, Sussex, TN34 1TL

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
3 miles from Combe Haven
Hastings Castle ruins

Attractions

1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield

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Set on the site of the 1066 Battle of Hastings, discover the reality surrounding the battle through fun interactive displays and CGI films.

Address:

1066 Battle of Hastings Abbey and Battlefield , High Street, Battle, Sussex, TN33 0AD

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
8 miles from Combe Haven
Rye

Places of interest

Rye

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Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere in this beautiful quaint town with cobbled streets, lovely Georgian and Tudor houses. You can browse the shops and choose from a variety of pubs and cafes for a bite to eat.

Address:

4/5 Lion Street, Rye, Sussex, TN31 7LB

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
16 miles from Combe Haven
Exterior of Halnaker Windmill

Places of interest

Halnaker Windmill

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This iconic Sussex landmark, perched on Halnaker Hill and visible from a wide surrounding area, is well worth the climb to admire close up. The wildflower-rich chalk grassland at the hilltop is a great spot to get away from it all and enjoy fine views of the coast across a patchwork of woods and farmland.

Address:

Halnaker Windmill, Denge Lane, Chichester, PO18 0LX

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
10 miles from Church Farm
Panoramic view of shingle beach and shore, Pagham Harbour

Beaches

Pagham Harbour

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Enjoy the sunshine in this traditional seaside town with its delightful shingle beach, popular for swimming, sailing and fishing.

Address:

Pagham Harbour Beach, Bognor Regis, Sussex, PO21 4SU

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
9 miles from Church Farm
Spinnaker Tower overlooking Portsmouth Harbour

Places of interest

Portsmouth

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A significant naval port for centuries, Portsmouth is home to the world's oldest dry dock still in use and home to many famous ships, including Nelson's flagship HMS Victory. Portsmouth remains a major dockyard and base for the Royal Navy and Royal Marine Commandos whose Headquarters reside there.

Address:

Portsmouth, Tourist Information Centre, The Hard, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 3QA

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
23 miles from Church Farm
Horse and cart in front of rural historic buildings

Attractions

Weald and Downland Museum

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Come and discover rescued rural buildings set in a beautiful landscape, which tell the stories of the people who lived and worked in them over 1,000 years.

Address:

Weald & Downland Living Museum, Singleton, Chichester, PO18 0EU

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
11 miles from Church Farm
Sweeping sandy beach, West Wittering Beach

Beaches

West Wittering Beach

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Offering wonderful views of Chichester Harbour and the South Downs beyond, the natural and unspoilt sandy beach of West Wittering has been a favourite destination for a family day out for generations. The highest water quality and excellent facilities have made it one of the premier Blue Flag beaches in the country.

Address:

West Wittering Beach, Pound Rd, West Wittering, Chichester PO20 8AJ

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
12 miles from Church Farm
Brighton Pier lights at night

Attractions

Brighton Pier

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Over 40 naturally themed habitats transport you on a fantastic journey from the shoreline of Hastings to the tropical waters of the deep ocean.

Address:

Brighton Pier, Madeira Dr, Brighton BN2 1TW

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
37 miles from Church Farm
34 miles from Combe Haven
Lush hills at sunrise overlooking town

Places of interest

Devil's Dyke

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A stunning spot where you can enjoy great walks, bike riding or even flying your kite. Whatever you do you will witness great views and colourful wildlife.

Address:

Devil's Dyke, South Downs (North of Brighton) Sussex, BN1 8YJ

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
35 miles from Church Farm
37 miles from Combe Haven
Chalk cliff overlooking lighthouse and sea

Places of interest

Hastings

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Drawn to the magnificent scenery, the dramatic views and the wealth of activities offered in the area, visitors of all ages find relaxation and excitement here.

Address:

Beachy Head, The Green, East Dean, Eastbourne BN20 0DA

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
21 miles from Combe Haven
Bodiam Castle reflected in the moat

Attractions

Bodiam Castle

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Bodiam Castle has spent centuries as one of the best loved and best known castles in England. Perhaps it is the design of the building, with an iconic moat and beautiful lush green scenery, or simply the amazing history of the building, which makes it so popular.

Address:

Bodiam Castle, Bodiam, Robertsbridge, TN32 5UA

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
13 miles from Combe Haven
Girl and five colouful parrots

Attractions

Drusillas Zoo Park

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There is oodles of fun to be had at Drusillas Park, from exploring the zoo animals, to hands-on activities and the many play areas and rides to boot. Enjoy a fun day with the family.

Address:

Drusillas Zoo Park, Alfriston Road, East Sussex BN26 5QS

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
19 miles from Combe Haven
Seafront view of Hastings Beach

Beaches

Hastings Beach

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A shingle beach with a promenade and entertainments on the pier to enjoy. Dog restrictions apply. A shingle beach with a promenade and entertainments on the pier to enjoy.

Address:

Hastings Beach, Hastings, Sussex, TN34 1PF

Open dates: All year round
Restrictions:
Dogs are not allowed on certain areas
May half-term: 26 May-3 June, weekends and bank holidays only 9 June-1 July, daily 7 July-2 September, weekends only 8-30 September
Lifeguard patrol times: 10am-6pm
Distance from park:
3 miles from Combe Haven
Old Rye © Leonard Bentley (flickr)

Places of interest

Old Rye

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Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere in this beautiful quaint town with cobbled streets, lovely Georgian and Tudor houses. You can browse the shops and choose from a variety of pubs and cafes for a bite to eat. Cobbled streets, winding passageways and a peppering of medieval houses near Camber Sands.

Address:

4/5 Lion Street, Rye, Sussex, TN31 7LB

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park:
16 miles from Combe Haven