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Destinations in West Sussex

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The Southern network offers extensive coverage of West Sussex, putting many of the area’s historic sights, seaside charms and the South Downs within an easy journey from London Victoria or Brighton.

Our Mainline West line cuts across West Sussex from Gatwick Airport in the northeast to Littlehampton in the southwest. Travelling from London Victoria, you can get to Crawley in about 40 minutes, Horsham in 50, and Arundel in an hour and 20 minutes.

We also serve 17 stations along West Sussex’s south coast via our Coastway West and Mainline West lines. Reach Worthing in an hour and 15 minutes from London Victoria and Chichester in an hour and a half.

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Things to do in West Sussex

Explore the South Downs

When you visit the South Downs National Park, you’re getting 1,600 km2 of panoramic views, peaceful rivers and towns rich in history and traditional English culture.

If you’re looking for an active weekend on your bike or on the hiking trails, look no further than Amberley. The South Downs Way national trail is just a few minutes’ walk from Amberley Station.

Arundel is another good point to explore. The historic town centre is just 10 minutes from the station and the Arundel Wetland Centre another 20 minutes beyond.

Travel back through British history

Fishbourne Roman Palace is just minutes from Fishbourne station. There you can see Roman Britain brought to life with recreated gardens, ruins and mosaics.

You could also make Chichester your base for explorations. The town’s 900-year-old cathedral is just half a mile from the station. And from there you can hop on the Route 99 bus and head to Petworth House, a 17th century National Trust mansion with one of the Trust’s best collections of art.

The South Downs - breathe easy

Visit the South Downs National Park and you’ll find 1,600 km2 of panoramic views, peaceful rivers and pretty towns rich in history and traditional English culture.

If you’re looking for an active weekend on your bike or on the hiking trails, look no further.

Plan your park visit with help from the South Downs National Park website.

The South Coast - summer fun

Southern can take you all the way to the seaside. Whether it’s Bognor Regis’s award-winning shingle beach or the culinary delights of a café right on Littlehampton’s sandy shore, we’ve got you covered for some seaside fun.

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Historic Sussex - Roman Britain and beyond

The Fishbourne Roman Palace – just minutes from Fishbourne station – brings history to life with recreated gardens, ruins and mosaics. Or if you prefer something more modern, there’s Chichester’s 900-year-old cathedral or Petworth House, a 17th century National Trust manor.

Learn more with the Sussex Community Rail Project’s guide to Arun Valley sights

Food and drink

Travelling is thirsty work. Luckily, West Sussex boasts plenty of places to refuel on your journey.

West Sussex Weekends has you covered with café, pub and restaurant recommendations for the area’s top destinations.

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Getting to destinations in West Sussex

Southern’s trains connect the region to London Victoria, London Bridge and Brighton.

You can visit Chichester, Worthing, Arundel, Haywards Heath, Horsham and any number of places in between.

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