The cathedral city of Chichester, West Sussex’s only city, sits on the banks of the River Lavant and dates from Roman times. Today Chichester has several harbours and a cosmopolitan atmosphere with museums, galleries and a range of shops and restaurants.
The county lays claim to “the sunniest county” in the United Kingdom and hosts a number of seaside resorts with the likes of Worthing and Bognor Regis being particularly popular.
West Sussex is home to an impressive collection of stately homes including Goodwood House, Uppark and Petworth House. West Sussex’s coastal position means it has seen its fair share of invasions and raids; Bramber Castle ruins overlook the River Adur, whilst the spectacular Arundel Castle is well worth a visit. The restored castle has featured in many TV productions including Dr Who and The Young Victoria.
West Sussex’s local food specialities reflect its geographical position and include Chichester Lobster, Pulborough Eels and Arundel Mullet, whilst the county shares many vineyards with its East Sussex neighbour.
The county of West Sussex nestles on the south coast bordering East Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire and overlooking the English Channel.
West Sussex has a population of around 900,000 people, the county town being Chichester, with significant other towns at Horsham, Crawley, Worthing and Bognor Regis.
The county benefits from the Channel coast line, with the Weald sandwiched between the North and South Downs meaning over half of the county is formed by protected countryside.