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Sitting on the south-east coast, West Sussex is well known for its varied landscape. Rolling hills shelter towns and villages, eventually giving way to the English Channel.
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West Sussex Area Guide

Steyning, West Sussex Image courtesy of Flickr user John W. Schulze

Sitting on the south-east coast, West Sussex is well known for its varied landscape. Rolling hills shelter towns and villages, eventually giving way to the English Channel. Over half the countryside is protected, allowing residents and visitors to cycle, walk and simply enjoy the unspoiled terrain.

The county town and only city in West Sussex is Chichester. Chichester is the main hub for government, culture and transport. The other major towns in West Sussex are Crawley, Worthing and Horsham. Crawley is crucial to London, as it is the home of Gatwick Airport, and Worthing forms part of the Brighton, Worthing and Littlehampton conurbation, giving it great links to Brighton. Horsham is a pretty market town with good rail connections to London Victoria.

West Sussex's proximity to London has made it attractive to many companies. Rolls Royce, Novartis, The Body Shop, medical research and development group Roche Diagnostics UK and computer hardware and software company Network Technology are all based in West Sussex. Moreover, Gatwick Airport has attracted the headquarters of Virgin Atlantic Airways, Airmiles UK and TUI Travel and offices of British Airways and aerospace design company Thales Group.


As of 2011, the population of West Sussex was about 806,900. The county town Chichester has a population of 113,700. Crawley has 106,800 residents, and Worthing has 104,600 people living in it. Perhaps surprisingly, though, Horsham has a population of 131,600, making it more populated than the county town. Just over 22% of the population of the county is 19 years old and younger, and just over 20% is aged 65 and over.


The level of education is very high in West Sussex, with most schools being rated good or higher by Ofsted. Primary schools that are rated outstanding include Storrington First School, for ages five to ten, and St Mary's Church of England Primary School, for ages four to eleven. St Paul's Catholic College and Imberhorne School are amongst the outstanding secondary schools.

West Sussex is also home to Chichester College and the University of Chichester.


West Sussex is well connected to many parts of the country. The M23 connects Crawley to London, and the A23 connects London with Brighton, via West Sussex. The A24 is a direct route from Worthing to London, and the A29 goes out to Bognor Regis. The A27, the A272 and the A259 both run through the county as well.

Three train lines run through the area. The Brighton Main Line runs from London Bridge and London Victoria to Brighton, going through stations in West Sussex as well. The Arun Valley Line branches off of the Brighton Main Line just south of Three Bridges station, going through Horsham and other stations before joining the West Coastway Line at Arundel. The line then goes on to Portsmouth and Southampton. The third line, the West Coastway Line, goes from Southampton to Brighton.

The county is also home to Gatwick Airport, near Crawley.

Amenities and Shopping

West Sussex makes the most of its wonderful countryside and its wealthy former residents with its many parks, historic houses, galleries, museums and more.

Museums and Galleries

The Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre has exhibits on various industries, including telecommunications, railways, ironmongery and more. Several crafts, like woodturning, stained glass production and smithery are all demonstrated on site. The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum is a collection of threatened buildings from the 13th to the 19th centuries, complete with farm animals, a lake and gardens. The Horsham Museum has a collection of memorabilia relating to Percy and Mary Shelley and prints by John Guille Millais, amongst many other artefacts and art works.

The Pallant House Gallery has one of the most important collections of art from the first half of the 20th century outside of London. The largest collection of 18th and 19th century clothing in the south east of England is at the Worthing Museum and Art Gallery. The Cass Sculpture Foundation is a large park filled with sculpture at the Goodwood country house.

There are also a number of castles, country houses and other buildings of architectural and historical interest scattered throughout the county.

Protected areas and parks

West Sussex is home to many nature reserves and parks. The WWT Arundel is a nature reserve that boasts the rarest goose in the world, the Hawaiian Goose. Chichester Harbour is both an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Stansted Park is a 1750-acre park with a Grade II listed country house at its heart. Tilgate Park is the largest and most visited park in the county.


The county is home to the championship-winning Sussex County Cricket Club, and equestrian sports are very popular, as the Goodwood Racecourse is just north of Chichester. The Goodwood Revival Meeting, where vintage car enthusiasts meet and display their cars, is also held at Goodwood racecourse. Bowls is incredibly fashionable in West Sussex, and Worthing is one of the capitals of the sport. Golf is also a popular pursuit, with more than 30 courses in the area.

West Sussex also has a lot to offer the individual athlete. The many parks and protected areas have a large number of cycling and walking paths. The South Downs is great for mountain biking and mountain boarding, and there are a great many opportunities for orienteering in the woodlands.

Popular water sports including fishing, kayaking, sailing, swimming and more.


Most shopping in West Sussex revolves around the unique character of the market towns and villages. Cobblestone Walk in Steyning is a tiny street lined with more than 25 independent shops and set near a 16th century tea house. Chichester has the usual high street shops one would expect of a county town, but radiating out from the centre of town are streets that feature independent shops and designer boutiques. The Guildbourne Shopping Centre has shops selling everything from handbags to sausages. County Mall is in the centre of Crawley and has more than 90 high street shops and department stores.

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.

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