Known for its warm South Coast weather, Sussex is a great option for a family holiday or romantic getaway in the sun. The beautiful county directly south of London offers beautiful countryside, excellent beaches and charming villages and is a fantastic region for both day trips and staycations.
The coast is blessed with classic seaside destinations such as Eastbourne and Bognor Regis, while inland, the South Downs provides a hauntingly beautiful landscape. Then of course, there’s the lively city of Brighton which is always a wonderful day out. We’ve compiled this list of the best places to visit in Sussex to help you narrow down your options when holidaying on the South Coast.
Eastbourne often tops polls for Britain’s number one holiday-friendly destination and no wonder with its magnificent coastal landmarks, year-round programme of events and live entertainment, iconic bandstand, Victorian pier, and pebble beach.
The Old Town is the historic centre, packed with character, independent shops and personality. It’s home to the lush Gildredge Park with a 12th-century church and quaint pub. Don’t miss out on Meads Village, on the west side of town, a leafy district nestling at the foot of Beachy Head, with terraced gardens independent shops, cafes, and the beach huts of Holywell. Sovereign Harbour a prestigious marina a few miles east of Eastbourne that offers an interesting mix of boats, cafes and entertainment is a must visit. Similarly, the South Downs and the idyllic villages of East Dean & Friston are just a 10-minute journey away in the car.
With a wealth of seaside history, Bognor Regis is an immensely popular seaside destination due in part to the large expanses of sand it is blessed with at low tide and the 2.7-mile-long promenade. Bognor Regis Beaches features clean award-winning family friendly beaches such as East, Felpham, Aldwick and Pagham, and with such an array of options, it's the ideal place for families to spend the day, especially given that the south coast clocks more hours of sunshine than any other part of the country.
Bognor Regis is also proud of its many green open spaces, parks, gardens and recreational areas by the sea. Hotham Park holds many events throughout the year including Proms in the park, Hotham Park country fair and the South Downs music festival. It also has its own miniature railway and station, boating lake, putting green and children's play area with an 18-hole adventure golf course, so there will be no shortage of activities for the whole family.
The atmospheric South Downs National Park is only a 15-minute drive away. You’ll find spectacular scenic views and endless countryside while further inland here. East Head Nature Reserve is another great option for a walk if you choose to stay with us at Haven Church Farm Holiday Village.
One of the biggest seaside towns on the South Coast, Worthing is a perfect destination for shopping, eating, relaxing, and family fun by the seaside. The Worthing coast is home to award-winning beaches and a lively seafront.
Discover local history, stunning artworks, unique toy and costume collections and a tranquil sculpture garden at the Worthing Museum and Art Gallery. Strolling along the palm-lined promenade on the seafront you'll find activities for the whole family – from Stand Up Paddleboarding, go-karting and miniature golf to the Art Deco architecture of Worthing Pier that adds a touch of historic class to the place.
Worthing’s flat wide promenade is also perfect for cycling, a great way to soak up the sea breeze in this part of the country. All in all, it's one of the best places in Sussex to visit with your family, but no matter how you choose to explore the town there’s always something to keep you entertained!
Take a day trip to the colourful city of Brighton, a hub on the south coast and one of the most diverse cities in England. Brighton’s beach may be shingly rather than sandy but it’s one of the most popular beaches in the UK. The atmosphere is always friendly and fun, and children are safe to play on the beach, while the adults enjoy soaking up a few rays.
There are countless reasons to visit Brighton: the beach, beautiful walks, the Royal Pavilion, Brighton Pier, the food culture, amazing nightlife, a vibrant art scene, live events, great shopping, the lanes and many more! Whether you’re a fan of music, second-hand shopping or sunbathing, Brighton should be first on your list of places to visit in Sussex.
Known for one of the most decisive moments in British history, the site of the Battle of 1066 is today a vibrant town on England’s South East coast. There’s plenty of the past to be experienced at the battleground which now lies in a nearby field as well as at the Norman ruins of Hastings Castle, once home to William the Conqueror which overlooks the majestic English Channel.
You can also discover the maritime heritage of the town at Hastings Fishermen’s Museum and Shipwreck Museum along the shingle seafront of Stade beach. The beautiful Combe Valley Countryside Park is also just a stone’s throw away from both Hastings and Haven Combe Haven Holiday Park meaning that you have a simple option for lovely walks when visiting Hastings with Haven.