Sussex is a county in South East England, bordered by Hampshire, Surrey and Kent and in the South, by the English Channel. Consequently, it is known as Sussex by the Sea. It has ninety miles of coast from Camber to Chichester. It gets its name from the Old English “Suth Seaxe”, meaning land of the South Saxons. Over 80% of the County is rural.


Residents of Sussex were delighted to learn that on 19th May 2018, following the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, they now had a Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Her Majesty the Queen bestowed these titles upon them in keeping with Royal tradition, that male members of the family receive a title on their wedding day. The previous Duke of Sussex died in 1843 without a legitimate heir. Prince Augustus Frederick was the son of King George III. He married twice, but the marriages were not approved by his father and therefore, were not legal. Megan Markel, now Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex, is therefore, the first to have this honour. Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, will be familiar with the County, but the Duchess, who was born in California, has many delights awaiting her. The shingle beaches of Brighton may not match those in California and the sandy beaches of West Wittering could have an attraction for her. The luxurious Royal Pavilion in Brighton was built by Prince Harry’s ancestor, King George IV.


The South Downs are an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. These rolling chalk hills stretch seventy miles across Sussex. Ditchling Beacon, seven miles north of Brighton, is the highest point (248 metres) in East Sussex and provides views out to sea and across the Weald. Between Birling Gap and Cuckmere Haven, are the world famous Seven Sisters white chalk cliffs, one of the longest stretches of unspoilt coastline on the South coast of England. Further East, is the spectacular Beachy Head, which towers over the famous Beachy Head Lighthouse.


Sussex contains the prominent cities of Chichester and Brighton and other attractive coastal resorts, such as Bognor Regis, Worthing and Hastings. There is easy, fast access from London by rail and by road on the M23 Motorway, which also services the international airport of London Gatwick.


Bodiam Castle, East Sussex, is a picturesque moated castle set in the High Weald. It is well preserved and owned by the National Trust. It was in Sussex that the last successful invasion of England took place in 1066. William of Normandy defeated King Harold at the Battle of Hastings.

Places to visit in Sussex

Wings Place, Ditchling

Ditchling, Sussex

Ditchling is a beautiful village at the foot of the South Downs in East Sussex. View photos of the village including, St. Margaret's Church, Wings Place and Crossways. Where in England is Ditchling? V...
The Old Mint House and The Royal Oak & Castle Inn, Pevensey

Pevensey, Sussex

Pevensey is a village in East Sussex, about five miles from Eastbourne. View photos of St Nicholas Church, The Old Mint House and more. Where in England is Pevensey? View more places in Sussex View...
Pevensey Bay

Pevensey Bay, Sussex

Pevensey Bay is a quiet shingle beach, not far from Eastbourne, famous for being the landing place for William the Conqueror and his army in 1066. Where in England is Pevensey Bay? View more places in...
The Steyning Tea Rooms and Church Street, Steyning

Steyning, Sussex

Steyning is a small town regarded as one of the most picturesque in Sussex, situated at the foot of the South Downs National Park and five miles from the coast at Shoreham-by-Sea. Much of Steyning has been desi...
Mermaid Street, Rye

Rye, Sussex

Perched on a hill above the surrounding mysterious Romney Marshes, Rye is one of the most picturesque towns in England, with 18th century hilly cobbled streets and 16th century timbered houses.  It stands near ...

Bosham, Chichester Harbour, Sussex

Bosham, (pronounced "bozzam") is a small village set on a peninsula protruding into Chichester Harbour. It provides a safe haven for small boats in this tidal creek and is loved by both yachtsmen and artists. W...
Thatched cottages, Amberley

Amberley, Sussex

Amberley is a lovely village which has retained its peaceful character and is situated four miles north of Arundel, close to the South Downs. It is an artist's paradise. The cottages are of varied colours and m...
Chestnuts Tea Rooms, Alfriston

Alfriston, Sussex

Alfriston is an ancient village set amongst the South Downs, only four miles from the chalk cliffs of Seaford. It stands where an ancient ridgeway, used by prehistoric man, crossed the River Cuckmere, which tod...