Founded in the late fifth century as the “Kingdom of Sussex” (Kingdom of the South Saxons), Sussex has been divided into West and East since – legend has it – the 12th century. West Sussex has a long history which lives on today in its museums and heritage sites.
With 1000 years of history behind it, Arundel Castle is a striking sight to behold and a fascinating historical journey. It was built by Roger de Montgomery, the Earl of Arundel, at the turn of the 11th century, and for over 800 years was home to the Dukes of Norfolk. A restored medieval castle with sweeping countryside views, this castle has plenty of things to see including themed gardens, a 14th-century chapel and an interior featuring a grand staircase, rare paintings and preserved furniture. If this gives you a thirst for history, the Weald and Downland Open-Air Museum has around 50 historic buildings on a 40-acre site. You can see a working windmill in action, watch a traditional cooking demonstration and check out the award-winning Downland Gridshell building.
And that’s not all. Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre is a former chalk quarry set in the South Downs National Park. Chicester Cathedral is over 900 years old, and Wakehurst Place is a 16th-century house in a 20th century garden. All it needs is 21st century you!
Chicester is West Sussex’s capital and a fine place to shop, particularly the Chicester Cross area. Quality dining and shopping can be found in many of West Sussex’s counties.
To get to Sussex, just book one of our cheap flights to London and then hire a car or jump on a train or bus to West Sussex. As the presence of the ancient castle proves, it’s a destination fit for a king!
Hotels in West Sussex start at AU$59 per night. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.