West Sussex is packed with wide ranging landscape, interesting places to visit, pretty villages and beautiful small towns. Wealden, Downland and Coastal environments contribute towards the spectacular scenery of West Sussex, with the popular South Downs chalk hills attracting many ramblers and cyclists to explore its well-managed national trails.
Although the name Sussex is derived from the Saxon period between AD 477 to 1066, the history of human habitation in Sussex goes back to the Old Stone Age. Modern day settlements in West Sussex concentrate in the coastal regions, where Worthing has a population of over 100,000, or in mid-Sussex, where Crawley County, the first 'New Town' in England, has an estimated population of just over 107,000.
With rich Historical times past, West Sussex is home to some of England's most beautiful castles including medieval Arundel Castle, Amberley castle and Norman motte-and-bailey Bramber Castle. Nestled within the heritage of West Sussex also lies many stately manors including Petworth House and deer park and Goodwood House often attracting people for the use of Goodwood racecourse and motor circuit.
England's most populous seaside resort, Brighton and Hove in East Sussex also lies in very close proximity to West Sussex. Visitors are attracted to the architectural genius of the Royal Pavilion, West Pier and the unique Brighton 'Lanes', famous for their small independent shops, antique shops and narrow alleyways