Sussex, a county with a vast array of cultural offerings within easy reach of London, a stunning coastline and, of course, county of the newly appointed Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Intrigued to learn more about Sussex, we picked out some of the county's highlights, so you can get planning your weekend away there.
Sussex, or technically East Sussex, West Sussex and Brighton & Hove, as the archaic county is now divided into, has long inspired artists, such as J.W.M. Turner (above), Percy Bysshe Shelley and Edward Elgar.
Where to eat: The Townhouse, Arundel.
This highly-rated restaurant with grand Regency decor is within a hotel, so after supper you won't have far to go. Doubles with dinner & breakfast from £170.
For some history: Arundel Castle.
Conveniently near The Townhouse, this impressive 11th century castle will make a fascinating afternoon out with Van Dyck and Gainsborough paintings on show.
Run with the Bloomsbury set: at Charleston House, Lewes.
Discover the retreat of Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot and E.M. Forster and the gorgeous artwork that fills the house.
Re-discover nature: the South Downs and Seven Sisters.
Rolling hills and dramatic chalk cliffs make for restorative walks and with several trails, from literary to wheelchair-friendly, there is plenty to choose from.
Get your sporting fix: at Cowdray Park Polo Club.
This July it hosts the King Power Gold Cup, which Prince Harry often frequents.
Where to drink: at Rathfinny Wine Estate.
Take a guided tour of the vineyard and finish with lunch or afternoon tea with views of the South Downs.
For some shopping: meander through Rye's quaint streets.
Time has stood still in this picturesque town - make sure you visit for the scallop festival, usually the first week in March.
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