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Stay in a pub in West Sussex

As well as its vast patchwork of farmland and downland – a perfect playground for walkers and cyclists – West Sussex is famous for a wealth of fine buildings and some impressive architecture. Driving along the A27 between Chichester and Worthing reveals striking views of the fairytale façade of splendid Arundel Castle and nearby Arundel’s grandiose French Gothic-style Roman Catholic Cathedral can be seen standing guard over the town, dwarfing all other buildings in sight. Not far off the A27 is Amberley Castle and Museum.

Chichester Cathedral draws many visitors throughout the year; the Romans established the city as their headquarters and built a road (Stane Street) across Sussex to link it with London. They also constructed a number of villas on the county’s sunny, south-facing slopes. Chichester also boasts the Festival Theatre, one of the UKs flagship regional theatres.

If you fancy getting away from man-made features to something more natural, try a walk at breezy Chichester Harbour. This is one of the great natural features of Britain’s beautiful coastline and though the walking is flat, there is much to see – both on and off the water. Elsewhere, West Sussex offers an outstanding choice of long-distance trails, including the South Downs Way, the Monarch’s Way, the Sussex Border Path and the West Sussex Literary Trail.