Sussex is a beautiful county in South East England bordered by Surrey up to the North, Kent at 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 key physical feature of both East and West Sussex are the South Downs, set to turn into a National Park. The South Downs extend about 70 miles, providing stunning scenery for walking, horse-riding, para-gliding and mountain biking. The scenery has been the subject of numerous a poem including those by Rudyard Kipling, Hilaire Belloc and Francis William Bourdillon.
The county of Sussex is packed with well known towns and villages with a variety of buildings and historical references. Most favored places to live in the Region include:
Chichester is a cathedral city in West Sussex which is the centre for culture inside the region, with a Festival Theatre and numerous 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 within the four main roads of the city. Like Brighton, Chichester is a thriving shopping venue which has a strong cafe culture.
Brighton is known as a seaside city by the coast of East Sussex. In addition to its thriving culture, Brighton is better known for its West Pier, Royal Pavillion, beaches and infamous shopping lanes that are perhaps the best venue for shopping outside London. Every May, the city hosts the Brighton Festival – the biggest arts festival in britain after Edinburgh’s.
Arundel lying in West Sussex, 18 miles East of Brighton. One of the most popular feature within the town is its restored ancient castle, originating from 1068 during the reign of William the Conqueror. Arundel is also known for its plethora of antique shops in addition to a hot televison venue – it has been previously used to represent Windsor Castle in Doctor Who, The Young Victoria as well as the Madness of King George.
Midhurst is known as a smallish market town rated the second finest town in England by Country Life publication. Regardless of its smallish size, Midhurst houses the estate of Cowdray Park, one of the most highly regarded polo venues on earth, hosting the international Veuve Cliquot Gold Cup every summer. The town has 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 are actually re-opened to the public after a major preservation project.