The historic county of Sussex is now split into two separate administrative districts of East and West stretching from Hastings in the East to the city of Chichester at the Western end. Packed with green hills and some stunning coastline Sussex boasts a wealth of attractions to amuse and delight visitors of all ages. Stay in a beautiful, truly English country club hotel or one of many friendly and quaint bed and breakfasts in the county and enjoy some of these wonderful must-see sites of Sussex.
Fishbourne Roman Palace
Located in the West Sussex village of Fishbourne this large Roman palace has been partially reconstructed to offer visitors an insight into life in Roman Britain. Built in the 1st century AD the palace is in a rectangular shape surrounding a well kept formal garden.
Uncovered in 1960 the palace is significant for being the largest known Roman residence north of the Alps, larger in size than Buckingham Palace! There is an excellent museum on the site and the gardens feature authentic plants from the Roman era giving the whole place a real step back in time feel.
The Long Man of Wilmington
More an interesting site to behold in passing than a fully fledged day out, the Long Man of Wilmington is an ancient hill figure cut into the steep side of Windover Hill near the village of Wilmington. A fascinating specimen of mysterious origin the Long Man of Wilmington is the largest representation of the human form in Europe. Well worth taking a detour to take it in if you should be in the area.
The Bluebell Railway
Harking back to a bygone era the Bluebell Railway is a heritage railway line running for nine miles in the center of the county, between East and West Sussex. It operates a passenger service for tourists using restored late 19th and early 20th century steam locomotives.
The railway operates all year round with special events such as murder mystery evenings and theme days taking place at various times over the year. Run entirely by volunteers the Bluebell Railway hope to connect to the national rail network in 2013 by reopening a section of track between the line’s Kingscote station and the mainline terminus station East Grinstead.
The ruins of Pevensey Castle make for a fascinating day out and the former Roman fort has a history stretching over 16 centuries. Notable for being the site from which William the Conqueror launched his attack on the English army in the 1066 Battle of Hastings Pevensey Castle is now operated by English Heritage and welcomes visitors at weekends during winter and every day of the week in the summer season.