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 designated as a Conservation Area and on the recommendation of the Historic Buildings Council, it has the further accolade of being an Outstanding Conservation Area. It has 150 buildings listed as being of architectural or historic interest.

Steyning is a centre for walkers, providing easy access to the South Downs Way and other beautiful countryside. It has a long history extending over sixteen centuries and has examples of buildings from almost every century. The magnificent Norman Parish Church of St. Andrew, dates from 1100. The ancient High Street has many timber-framed structures surviving behind the brick fronts of these buildings. Steyning offers the visitor a varied selection of interesting shops, including Cobblestone Walk, inns and tearooms.