Discover West Sussex

Whilst staying with us at Amberley castle we are sure you will want to explore the local area.

The South Downs National Park is an impressive landscape with so much to do, from a short walk around Amberley village to a full day’s excursion taking in some of the best views in the south of England. The town of Arundel, a mere 15 minutes away by car, is home to Arundel Castle and Cathedral as well as having a multitude of boutique and antique shops. The Regency City of Brighton and Hove, with John Nash's magnificent Royal Pavilion, is close enough for a day trip with plenty to see en route. In addition, the Sussex area is well served with many stunning stately homes and National Trust properties and gardens.

Amberley Village (The “Pearl of Sussex”)

Amberley is one of  the more picturesque villages in Sussex and you can walk straight to it from within the Castles grounds. Known locally as the pearl of Sussex, its home to the beautiful St Michaels church featuring stunning Norman architecture and authentic medieval wall paintings, with its thatched roofs and flint walls Amberley really is the chocolate box village people dream of.

Amberley Working Museum 

Amberley Museum is situated on the main B2139 road adjacent to Amberley Railway Station. It covers 36 acres of former chalk pits which are cut into the South Downs. It has hundreds of exhibits meticulously restored by volunteers and now boasts many permanent exhibitions (including one on telecommunications),working  steam trains, vintage bus rides and country crafts.  The museum is open mid-March – early November, 10am – 5pm.

Parham House and Gardens (10 minutes/ four miles)

A ten-minute drive from Amberley will bring you to Parham. The house is an untouched Elizabethan wonder built to an Elizabethan H-plan, complete with Great Hall  and Long Gallery. Open days are Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays, 12pm – 6pm from Easter Sunday to late September, as well as some Tuesdays and Fridays in August. You can visit both the House and Gardens or just the Garden. Entrance costs are from £6.80.

Petworth  (25 minutes/ 11 miles)

Petworth, a Palladian Marvel, was formally home to the Dukes of Somerset now owned by the National Trust. It features a 700-acre deer park and landscaped gardens by capability Brown, the house features oil paintings by Turner, as well as beautiful classical and neo-classical sculptures. Open from the end of March to October, 11am - 5pm. Tickets from £7.50 per adult. Petworth is also famous for its superb range of antique shops.

Great Dixter (1 hour 30 minutes/ 55 miles)

Great Dixter is a well-known garden of national importance is regarded as the epitome of English plantsmanship. It is open April - October.

Wakehurst Place (40 minutes/ 30 miles)

Wakehusrst Place Garden features some of the most stunning rhododendrons in the country. This is most definitely worth a visit, it is open all year round.

Bignor Roman Villa (11 minutes/ four miles)

At Bignor you can see one of the finest Roman mosaic pavements outside Italy – the largest being 82 feet long. The Roman Villa is situated in a superb rural setting, to the north of the South Downs, only four miles from Amberley. Open daily from 10am – 6pm, March – October (closed Mondays, June – September).

Arundel (15 minutes/ six miles)

This quintessential historical English market town is only 15 minutes away by car. Arundel boasts a beautiful Cathedral and an ancient castle, family seat to the Dukes of Norfolk amongst its many charms. Arundel Castle is open to the public March – October, Sunday – Friday inclusive, 12pm – 5pm. Entrance costs approximately £12.00 per adult and this will give you access to the Castle and Keep, including grounds and gardens, chapel, shop and restaurant. The town is an excellent hunting ground for antiques and has many interesting shops.

Goodwood (25 minutes/ 11 miles)

Goodwood House, home to the Dukes of Richmond, is a beautiful stately home with unique architectural design and opulent neo-classical interiors. It is open to the public on a limited number of days per year.

The surrounding Goodwood Estate is a major sport and leisure venue featuring Goodwood Racecourse (home of the Glorious Goodwood), Goodwood Airport, Goodwood Circuit (home to the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed) and the Goodwood Park Hotel, Golf and Country Club.

Chichester (30 minutes/ 10 miles)

The Cathedral city of Chichester features many fine attractions. In addition to the historic Cathedral, Chichester Festival Theatre, Roman Walls and excellent shopping, you may wish to visit the Pallant House Gallery, open all year Tuesday – Saturday, to see the original Amberley Panels by Lambert Bernard, which were originally commissioned for and hung in the Queen’s Room.

Fishbourne Roman Palace (30 minutes/ 17 miles)

Fishbourne Roman Palace is one of the most significant archaeological discoveries in Britain and is situated just south of Chichester. Open daily March – October and mid-December – mid-February, weekends only.

The Weald and Downlands Open Air Museum (30 minutes/ 16 miles)

Set in 50 acres of beautiful South Downs countryside, just north of Chichester, this working museum offers an intriguing collection of over 40 original historic buildings, which portray 500 years of architectural heritage and rural life. Open daily in the summer, Wednesdays and weekends in winter.

Brighton (45 minutes/ 20 miles)

This vibrant, multi-cultural British seaside resort is now a city, famous around the world for the Royal Pavilion (created by John Nash and once the beloved home of the Prince Regent and Queen Victoria), its long Palace pier and the Lanes. Brighton was immortalised in Graham Green’s book, Brighton Rock. The Royal Pavilion is open daily, with adult tickets priced around £6.00.

These are just a few suggestions, ask at Reception to find out more information. Please call 01798 831 992 or email