Sussex, in the south east of England is easy to reach on a day trip from London. Divided into East and West, the main towns of this county include Hastings, Eastbourne, Brighton and Bognor Regis on the south coast with Gatwick airport and Crawley on the outskirts. Chichester is a delightful old market town with main streets meeting at the old market cross. This elaborate monument is octagonal and dates back to the 15th century. Chichester Cathedral is wonderfully endowed with interesting features, including a window in the floor displaying the original Roman mosaic pavement beneath. There is an ancient Buttermarket designed by John Nash, an imposing Corn market, now astonishingly home to McDonalds and a historic port nearby. .
Brighton is a well known Victorian resort with a pier and promenade and a delightful town centre. The most notable building is the oriental style Royal Pavilion, once the palatial seaside home of King George IV and is noted for its lavish interior and antique furnishings.
For those who want to enjoy the more rural side of Sussex, the South Downs are noted for their beautiful rolling countryside. The chalk grassland are known for their wild flowers and abundant butterflies in the summer. The coastal cliffs are known as the Seven Sisters and the area is generally very popular with walkers, cyclists, and horse riders as well as hang-gliders and paragliders. The South Downs Way runs for 100 miles between Eastbourne and Winchester and numerous bronze age barrows and remains of hill forts, such as Devil’s Dyke can be seen along the trail.
Among the many other notable places to visit in Sussex are Bignor Roman villa, Tangmere Military Aviation Museum, Parham House and Gardens and of course Arundel Castle. The distinctive architecture of this hilltop stately home has wonderful views to the sea. The central area has a keep with fortifications and the home is filled with historic treasures. Together with the chapel and flower gardens it offers a memorable day out.