West Sussex has a wide range of scenery, including Wealden, Downland and coastal. It has a number of stately homes including Goodwood, Petworth House and Uppark and also castles such as Arundel Castle and Bramber Castle. Over half the county is protected countryside, offering walking, cycling and other recreational opportunities for visitors and residents alike.
Chichester is the county town and only city in West Sussex, with the largest towns being Crawley, Worthing and Horsham.
Sussex's Bluebell Railway
The Bluebell Railway was the first preserved standard gauge passenger line in the world.
Sheffield Park Station is the best point to join the Bluebell Railway. This is situated on the A275 East Grinstead - Lewes main road, about two miles north of its junction with the A272. The Bluebell Railway, Sheffield Park is well signposted with brown tourist direction signs from the A22 and A23 trunk roads. There is plenty of available parking at Sheffield Park as well as a Coach Park and Disabled Bays.
Sussex's Nyman Gardens
Set in the High Weald with splendid views, the garden is a series of experimental designs with spectacular planting and beauty all year. Both a horticulturalist's dream and a peaceful country garden, it is easy to lose yourself in its intimate and surprising corners.
The house, transformed into a Gothic mansion in the 1920s, burnt down shortly after, leaving romantic ruins. The remaining rooms are unexpectedly charming, and filled with flowers from the garden as Anne Messel, Countess of Rosse had them.
Ancient woods beyond the garden dip into the valley, with walks among avenues, wild flowers, the lake and cascades.