Sussex is a beautiful county in South East England bordered by Surrey at the North, Kent towards the East, Hampshire at the West and coastline towards the south. For local Government purposes, it happens to be split into East and West Sussex.
The main physical feature of both East and West Sussex are the South Downs, set to be a National Park. The South Downs extend about seventy miles, providing amazing scenery for walking, horse-riding, para-gliding and mountain biking.
The scenery continues to be the topic of countless a poem including those by Rudyard Kipling, Hilaire Belloc and Francis William Bourdillon.
The county of Sussex is full of well known towns and villages with a number of buildings and historical references. Most popular places to live in the County include:
Chichester is actually a cathedral city in West Sussex and is also the centre for culture within the region, which has a Festival Theatre and numerous art galleries. Nearby, Chichester Harbour provides excellent opportunities for watersports. The city was constructed inside Roman Walls and houses the Chichester Cross in its centre – a one time market site, standing at the intersection of the four main roads of the city. Like Brighton, Chichester is actually a thriving shopping venue which has a strong cafe culture.
Brighton is a seaside city on the coast of East Sussex. As well as its thriving culture, Brighton is better known for its West Pier, Royal Pavillion, beaches and infamous shopping lanes which are probably the best venue for shopping outside of London. Every May, the city hosts the Brighton Festival – the biggest arts festival in great britain after Edinburgh’s.
Arundel lying in West Sussex, 18 miles East of Brighton. Probably the most prominent feature of the town is its restored ancient castle, originating from 1068 throughout the reign of William the Conqueror. Arundel is also known for its array of antique shops and as a hot televison venue – it has been used to portray Windsor Castle in Doctor Who, The Young Victoria as well as the Madness of King George.
Midhurst is known as a compact market town rated the second finest town in England by Country Life publication. Despite its small size, Midhurst houses the estate of Cowdray Park, just about the most the best polo venues on earth, hosting the international Veuve Cliquot Gold Cup each summer. The town features a Tudor heart with the Spread Eagle Hotel having accommodated Queen Elizabeth I. The town also holds the ruins of one of England’s great houses; although ravaged by fire, the ruins have already been re-opened for the public following a major preservation project.