Sussex Towns

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Steyning is one of the most picturesque towns in West Sussex. You’ll find stunning examples of Medieval, Tudor, Stuart and Georgian architecture. These show just how important Steyning once was as a trading centre. There are independently run shops, award winning tea rooms, restaurants and traditional pubs.

 village centre steyning near brighton

The town was founded by Saint Cuthman (c750AD). It was once a port on the then navigable estuary of the River Adur and was prized by the Normans. Walk down Church Street (in my photo below) and you will see many more charming cottages, the Norman church of St Andrews and  Steyning Museum. Run by enthusiastic volunteers, the museum tells the story of the local area from pre-history to the present day. It is open all year on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays from 10.30 – 12.30 & 2.30 – 4 . On Sundays opening hours are from 2.30 – 4. On Saturdays & Bank Holiday Mondays it is open from 10.30 – 4. Admission is free.

church street steyning sussex

Arundel

I particularly recommend visiting the small town of Arundel –  just a half an hour drive from Steyning. This famous West Sussex market town is most well-known for 11th Century Arundel Castle (seen in the photo below) and its stunning Victorian gothic cathedral.  The castle is open from Good Friday to the end of October on Tuesdays to Sundays, May Bank Holiday Mondays & August Mondays. Admission costs: Adults £9 (gardens) to £18; Seniors £9 to £15.50; Children £9. Find out more:  Arundel Castle

You can visit the cathedral at any time of year and admission is free.arundel castle south downs sussex

You can explore more of the area’s rich history and heritage at Arundel MuseumSt Nicholas Church and nearby Amberley Museum or look at the town from a different perspective at the Arundel Jailhouse and Ghost Experience! There are opportunities for guided walks too, run by the museum and by Arundel Walking Tours.

Foodies are spoilt for choice in Arundel, with cafes, bars, restaurants and some great traditional English pubs. This is just a small remnant of the 30 or so that once existed in this former busy riverside port. Art and antique lovers will be happy at one of Arundel’s superb galleries and the treasure troves of antiques and collectables. If shopping is your ‘bag’ then you’ll enjoy the wide range of contemporary and traditional independent shops.

For water and nature lovers, the rowing boats at Swanbourne Lake, boat trips on the River Arun  and the Boat Safaris at Arundel Wetland Centre, are a great way to relax, admire the wildlife and while away a few hours in glorious surroundings.