Trying to plan days out in West Sussex is a bit daunting because there's so much choice of things to do. In this first article of a series, we'll be looking at a few things to do and how to spend a memorable day out.
Arundel Castle - a perfect place for days out in West Sussex
Step into Arundel Castle and you follow the steps of Royalty - Arundel Castle has nearly 1000 years of history right from King Henry I to Queen Victoria. The castle is everything you expect of an English castle steeped in history and a vital tourist attraction to so many visitors from around the world. Walk round the wonderful rooms full of fine furniture and antiques and imagine what it was like in past generations. The castle is still home to the Duke and Duchess of Norfolk and their children who have ancestors dating back to King Edward I and King Edward III.
The castle is a popular filming location to many TV programmes and films who use the interiors and gardens. The most recent addition to the gardens is the Collector Earl's Garden open by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2008. It's a beautiful garden featuring antique marbles, with a section being an organic kitchen garden popular with the current residents.
Wakehurst Place - the country home of Kew Gardens
Wakehurst Place is 180 acres of amazing gardens and woodlands. It's essential when entering the gardens that you get a map to enjoy the gardens to their full extent. Much of the gardens are easily accessible to wheelchairs with its easy public footpaths through the garden areas and down towards the nature reserve. Here you'll find the lakes with their abundant wildlife, with walkways across the lake area.
A major attraction is the Millennium Seed Bank which houses 10% of the world's wild plant species. Other attractions are the orchids and rare trees within the grounds itself.
Holders of membership cards from other gardens in the UK may be able to get reduced entry and children under 17 are allowed in free with an adult.
Chichester Cathedral - Another great place for a day out in Sussex
Chichester Cathedral has dominated the Chichester skyline for over 900 years. The Cathedral is open every day from 7.15am through until 6pm on winter evenings and is another major attraction for West Sussex. Tours are available every day showing you some of the unique architecture from hundreds of years ago. The Cathedral also has a cafe available every day with lunchtime specials.
While in Chichester take a look around at its diverse shopping centre or take a ride to Chichester Harbour with its stunning Sussex scenery.
These are just a few ideas of the many options of days out in West Sussex. We hope to be able to cover some more of the attractions soon.