The best towns in Sussex

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Alfriston, Sussex

It’s fair to say that in the UK we are littered with fantastically unique regions, each with its own distinctive and individual characteristics. Sussex is no different. The beautiful county directly south of London is fantastic for short romantic tripsdog-friendly holidays or week-long holidays for the family. The best thing about Sussex, as it offers quaint villages, excellent beaches and beautiful countryside, and being in the South of England, you’re well places to get the best of the British weather. Below you’ll find our favourite counties in the charming count of Sussex.


Even from a distance Arundel is imposing and impressive; Gothic spires jut from the Cathedral, which overlooks the town and the picture-postcard castle can be seen over the low-lying marsh grounds and river Arun. The town centre has a variety of different eateries, independent shops, art spaces and antique stores.


Lewes is certainly one of Sussex’s most attractive market towns and an ideal visitor destination. It is relatively small, yet filled with historic buildings such as Lewes Castle and the Anne of Cleaves House. It’s also home to Harvey’s Brewery and a handful of their pubs.

Brighton & Hove

Brighton & Hove is one of Britain’s most colourful and lively cities and has miles of pebbly beach and famous landmarks such as the I360 tower and Pavilion. Home to the weird and wonderful, Brighton is a paradise for the eccentrics, artists and modern-age foodies.


Petworth is a small, attractive market town set in the heart of South Down’s National Park. Known as a centre for arts and culture and home to more antique shops than any other in the South of England. Perfect for neophiles and traditionalists.


Hastings is one of Sussex’s finest seaside towns and is renowned for the famous 1066 Battle. Noteworthy attractions include the Jerwood Gallery, East Cliff Railway, spacious Pier and Source BMX Park. We suggest a visit to the Old Town for a rummage through the many antique shops, followed by a spot of lunch in The Crown.


Midhurst is a small, thriving country market town on the banks of the River Rother. Often voted for as one of the best places to live in Britain and described as a hidden Jewel, Midhurst has plenty to offer the visitor.


Alfriston is one of the oldest villages in the country and for that reason, it’s a popular spot for visitors. A plethora of historic buildings stretches along the high street and beyond to the parish church of St Andrews and the famous Clergy House.


Eastbourne is a great day out for the whole family and is known to be one of the sunniest places in Britain. The seafront goes all the way from the quiet cliff beach of Holywell for 4.5 miles to Sovereign Harbour, Europe’s largest composite marina complex, and if you don’t fancy walking it, there is a mini-train that runs along the seafront.


The quaint attractive town of Bosham is well worth a visit; nestled against the water’s edge at the eastern end of Chichester Harbour it’s a haven for wildlife and sailing. The small village has an ancient church dating back to the 800’s and the small pretty lanes are full of attractive buildings, flowers and character.