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  • Arundel castle nestled in trees

    A unique place in history

    Set in 40 acres of sweeping grounds and gardens, Arundel Castle has been open seasonally for visitors for more than 200 years.

  • Inside Arundel Cathedral

    History and Heritage

    Arundel's stunning cathedral overlooks the town from its position high on the west bank of the River Arun. 

  • Car infront of traditional old garage at Amberley open air museum

    The way we were

    Ancient traditions and customs come to life at Amberley Museum in the heart of the South Downs National Park

  • Bognor Regis pier at sunset

    A sunset at sea

    Bognor Regis' long record of sunshine hours make it one of the most popular resorts in the south.

  • Hotham House in Hotham Park Bognor Regis

    A historic house in Bognor Regis

    Visit the very place where the founder of Bognor Regis made his home.

History and Heritage

Don’t just picture the scene, come and put yourself in the picture. From some of the country’s oldest and most beautiful architecture at Arundel to ancient traditions and customs, Sussex by the Sea provides a real taste of Olde England.

Founded soon after the Norman Conquest, Arundel boasts one of the finest castles in Britain which overlooks the River Arun and the ruins of a Dominican Friary. Step inside the town’s breathtaking gothic cathedral and admire the Great Rose Window adorned with stained glass. Other places of historic interest in Arundel are St. Nicholas Church, Arundel Museum and Arundel Jailhouse and Ghost Experience.

Learn about the influences that shaped Bognor Regis at Bognor Regis Museum. Discover how 18th Century businessman ‘Hotham the Hatter’ transformed the town from a fishing hamlet to a seaside resort chosen by royalty. Trace Littlehampton's fascinating history at Littlehampton Museum where you can view a mammoth tooth that’s over 1,000 years old.

Watch the past come back to life at Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre where traditional craftspeople demonstrate how things were done in years gone by. Or, over in Storrington, visit the Elizabethan Parham House and Gardens where the first foundation stone was laid in 1577, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Inside the house discover many rare and precious collections of paintings, furniture, needlework and antiquities.