Top 5 things to do in Sussex

Chichester Cathedral, photo by altogetherfool/Flickr

Sussex is a beautiful country situated in the southeastern part of England. This historic county corresponds almost totally in area to the Kingdom of Sussex which was founded in 477 AD. The county is characterized by high lands, being bordered by the English Channel to the south. It has a large coastal line of which eastern part is dominated by the spectacular South Downs, a range of beautiful chalk hills. Besides the natural beauty of the county, there are several historic buildings to visit here, such as castles, churches or cathedrals. There are also numerous museums, gardens and entertainment facilities in Sussex. There are dozens of things to do in this county of which I will present the top 5.

Visit Chichester Cathedral

The wonderful cathedral can be found in the centre of the town of Chichester, in West Sussex. It is a spectacular 900 year old cathedral which attracts dozens of visitors every year. The building owns some characteristics ranging from the Norman to the Victorian architectural style. Its steeple is a remarkable example of Victorian architecture. Chichester Cathedral is well-known for its magnificent carvings, ranging from ancient to modern arts. The cathedral can be visited every day, all year round and there is no entry fee. There are free guided tours which are available from Monday to Saturday, at 11:15 and 14:30. (August 2012)

Chichester Cathedral, photo by altogetherfool/Flickr

Admire sea creatures at Brighton Sea Life Centre

If you visit Sussex with your children, I suggest you to visit Brighton Sea Life Centre. It is a great day out for the whole family, offering fun and education for kids at the same time. Situated in the town of Brighton, in East Sussex, this centre includes about 150 species of sea creatures, such as the formidable octopus, the beautiful seahorse, the funny clownfish, the beautiful green turtle and so on. One of its main features is the glass bottom boat which provides visitors to see underwater life just like a snorkeler. The sea life centre is open every day from 10:00 to 19:00. (August 2012)

Brighton Sea Life Centre, photo by EEPaul/Flickr

Visit Arundel Castle

Arundel Castle is situated in the town with the same name, in West Sussex. It is a spectacular castle which was the seat of the Dukes of Norfolk. Visitors can admire here the wonderful 12th century furniture, paintings, sculpture, carvings, clocks and china all arranged in breathtaking room settings. The gardens of the castle are as impressive as its interior. These are the Flower Garden, the Kitchen Garden and the Rose Garden. There is also a beautiful chapel located on the grounds of the castle, the Fitzalan Chapel. There is a restaurant, a coffee shop and a gift shop here. In 2012 Arundel Castle is open between the 31st of March and the 4th of November, from Tuesday to Sunday. The gardens and the chapel are open from 10:00 to 17:00, the castle rooms are open from 12:00 to 17:00. The prices vary depending on what the visit includes: for adult from £8.00 to £17.00, for students from £8.00 to £14.50 and for children (5-16 years old) is £8.00. (August 2012)

Arundel Castle, photo by Chris. P/Flickr

Have a great day out at Paradise Park

Located in Newhaven, East Sussex, the Paradise Park is a great day out for kids and their parents at the same time. The park provides several entertainment possibilities, ranging from a plant house to life-size dinosaur exhibition, from handcrafted landmarks of Sussex exhibited in open air to play areas, mini golf and railway to the kids. Paradise Park is open daily from 9:00 to 18:00. The admission prices vary: for adults £9.99, for children £8.99 and for families £29.99. (August 2012)

Step back in the past at “How We Lived Then” Museum

It is a very famous museum which can be found in the town of Eastbourne, in East Sussex. It contains about 100.000 exhibits displayed on four floors which were collected by the owners over the last 50 years. Its main features include the Edwardian Kitchen, the War Kitchen, the “Christmas Past”, the Grocer’s Shop and so on. Parents can nostalgia while the children can take a look in the past. The museum is open every day, from 10:00. Closing time varies. The admission charge is the following: £5.00 for adult, £4.50 for seniors, £4.00 for children (5-15 years old) and £15.00 is the price of a family ticket. (August 2012)

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