West Sussex

Arundel Castle is situated in magnificent grounds overlooking the River Arun in West Sussex. Built at the end of the 11th century by Roger de Montgomery, Earl of Arundel the castle is steeped in almost a thousand years of history. The building owes much to Henry15th Duke of Norfolk (1847-1917) with the restoration project being completed in 1900. It was one of the first English country houses to be fitted with electric light, integral fire fighting equipment, service lifts and central heating. The gravity fed domestic water supply also supplied the town. Electricity cost over £36,000 to install, but the splendidly carved chimneypiece in the Drawing Room cost only £150. 

Bramber Castle was built shortly after the Conquest by William de Braose to guard what was then a sizeable port on the river Adur. Little remains of the castle today except one wall of the keep about 75 feet high and portions of the perimeter wall in the NE of the site. It is likely the locals used the stone in their own buildings after the civil war. In Victorian times the Castle Hotel and Pub in Bramber village rented the castle grounds as a pleasure park and tea rooms.

Wakehurst Place Garden is a garden located in Ardingly, West Sussex and includes walled and water gardens along with woodland and wetland conservation areas. It belongs to the National Trust and has been the most visited property for which admission was charged, with a staggering 420,000 visitors or more. The garden was largely created by Gerald W.E.Loder, Lord Wakehurst who purchased the estate in 1903 and spent 33 years developing the area which today covers 500 acres. Wakehurst Place is home to the largest growing Christmas tree in England which stands at 35 metres tall and is lit with almost 1,800 lights from Advent until Twelfth Night.

The Arundel Wetland Centre has 26 hectares of naturalised landscapes and wetland habitats holding many hundreds of exotic wildfowl from around the world. It is set in ancient woodlands in the middle of the South Downs and adjacent to the River Arun. Free Safaris on quiet electric boats are offered everyday, that is, if weather permits. Gliding along the waterways of the new Wetlands Discovery area the wild flora & fauna can be seen in its natural environment.

Closed to motorised traffic, The South Downs Way is a long distance footpath and bridleway that runs along the South Downs and is one of 15 National Trails in England and Wales. The trail runs for a hundred miles east from Winchester in Hampshire, to Eastbourne in East Sussex with almost 14,000 feet of ascent and descent.
West Sussex is a diverse county and well known for its gastronomy, stately homes and castles. With over half the county being protected countryside, it offers popular walking and cycling ground for visitors and residents alike.