Sussex Splendour Regal Residences & Coastal Charms

Sussex Splendour Regal Residences & Coastal Charms

See the best West Sussex has to offer on this interesting 6 day tour

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See the best West Sussex has to offer on this interesting 6 day tour

Worthing

From family friendly attractions and fun events to the beautiful open countryside of the South Downs and the River Adur, Worthing offers such a wide range of things to do it’s the perfect destination for everybody. Worthing's splendid art deco pier and palm tree-lined promenade, interesting architecture and glorious parks are a wonderful backdrop to a range of things to do. Worthing boasts a highstreet with a brilliant mix of boutiques, specialist shops and department stores and has a wide selection of cafes, restautants & pubs offering local dishes and food from around the world.

 

Arundel Castle

Set high on a hill in West Sussex, this great Castle commands the landscape with magnificent views across the South Downs and the River Arun. Founded at the end of the 11th Century, it has been the family home of the Dukes of Norfolk and their ancestors for nearly 1000 years. Arundel Castle is one of the longest inhabited country houses in England. Many of the original features such as the crenellated Norman keep, gatehouse and barbican and the lower part of Bevis Tower survive. Between the 1870s and 1890s the house was almost completely rebuilt and the magnificent architecture in Gothic style is considered to be one of the great works of Victorian England. Enjoy the grandeur of the finely preserved interior with its fascinating furniture, tapestries and rare collection of paintings by renowned artists including Van Dyck, Gainsborough and Canaletto.

 

Bluebell Railway

The Bluebell Railway is a heritage line running for 11 miles along the border between East and West Sussex. It uses steam trains which operate between Sheffield Park and East Grinstead, with intermediate stations at Horsted Keynes & Kingscote.The first preserved standard gauge steam-operated passenger railway in the world to operate a public service, the Society ran its first train on 7 August 1960, less than three years after the line from East Grinstead to Lewes had been closed by British Railways. The railway is managed and run largely by volunteers. Having preserved a number of steam locomotives even before the cessation of steam service on British mainline railways in 1968, today it has the largest collection (over 30) of steam locomotives in the UK after the National Railway Museum. The Society also has a collection of almost 150 carriages and wagons, most of them pre-1939.

 

Brighton

Brighton is the major part of the city and unitary authority of Brighton and Hove. The ancient settlement of Brighthelmstone dates from before Domesday Book (1086), but it emerged as a health resort featuring sea bathing during the 18th century and became a destination for day-trippers from London after the arrival of the railway in 1841. Modern Brighton forms part of the Brighton/Worthing/Littlehampton conurbation stretching along the coast, with a population of around 480,000. The Royal Pavilion is a former royal palace built as a home for the Prince Regent during the early 19th century, under the direction of the architect John Nash, and is notable for its Indo-Saracenic architecture and Oriental interior. Brighton clocktower, built in 1888 for Queen Victoria's jubilee, stands at the intersection of Brighton's busiest thoroughfares. Created in 1883, Volk's Electric Railway runs along the inland edge of the beach from Brighton Pier to Black Rock and Brighton Marina. It is the world's oldest operating electric railway. Take a flight to the skies and see Brighton and the beautiful South Coast as you have never seen them before. Glide up gently to 138 metres on the world’s tallest moving observation tower, conceived and designed by Marks Barfield Architects, creators of the London Eye. In a futuristic glass viewing pod, visitors can admire 360 degree views across Regency Brighton, the South Downs and, on the clearest days, all the way to Beachy Head and the Isle of Wight.

 

Chichester

One of the great well-preserved Georgian cities in the UK, Chichester has played a key role of the affairs of Sussex since at least Roman times. Today, Chichester is the prosperous administrative capital of West Sussex and a great place for shopping, but it's hard to avoid Chichester's links to its illustrious past. Chichester city centre's broad streets are packed with listed buildings, with the list headed by the towering presence of Chichester Cathedral, now home to a family of peregrine falcons who can be heard as they swoop over the city at dusk. The pedestrianised city centre is neatly enclosed within the ancient city walls and this helps to make Chichester compact and pleasant to explore on foot. There are plenty of good shops in Chichester and the city serves as the main shopping centre for a huge hinterland which stretches right up towards the north of West Sussex.

Day 1

A morning departure from Cumbria as we head south to Worthing and our hotel the Chatsworth, a welcome drink and biscuits are served as our cases are taken to the rooms. Dinner in the hotel tonight.

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Day 2

This morning we head to Arundel and its impressive castle, the seat of the Dukes of Norfolk is set in 40 acres of sweeping grounds overlooking the River Arun, One of the great treasure houses of England and home to priceless works of art and stunning gardens. We have a guided tour before time to explore charming Arundel, a picturesque market town full of history and heritage. You can discover the impressive cathedral or explore some of the lovely independent shops and cafes. Dinner at the Hotel tonight.

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Day 3

Following breakfast we recreate the golden age of steam, The Bluebell Railway was the first preserved standard gauge passenger line in the UK. In 1960 it reopened part of the Lewes to East Grinstead line of the old London Brighton and South Coast Railway. Sheffield Park Station is the headquarters of the Railway and home to the Locomotive Department. Here you will find engines awaiting restoration or their next turn of duty. We have a return ride through the glorious Sussex countryside. We then visit the magnificent landscape garden at Sheffield Park, laid out in the 18th century by 'Capability' Brown Four lakes form the centrepiece. The rhododendrons and azaleas are spectacular in early summer. Autumn brings stunning colours from the many rare trees and shrubs. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 4

Today we head to Brighton to enjoy a visit to King George IV's Royal Pavilion, an extraordinary and extravagant pleasure palace with an exotic oriental appearance both inside and out. Following our visit we have some free time in Brighton itself, one of Britain's most famous seaside towns with its traditional attractions including the superbly restored Victorian Palace Pier together with its excellent shopping areas and beach. You can also take a flight to the skies and see Sussex as you have never seen it before on the British Airways i360, this new attraction takes you slowly to 450 feet high to enjoy breath-taking 360 degree views from the world’s first vertical cable car. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 5

This morning we head to the Georgian City of Chichester, one of the most charming and stylish cities on the south coast. Here you can explore the magnificent cathedral or simply meander the many shops. Following lunch we return to Worthing for a final afternoon at leisure. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 6

We leave our hosts at the Chatsworth Hotel for the journey home to Cumbria.

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B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

Chatsworth Hotel

Chatsworth Hotel is Worthing's oldest and largest hotel, family run now for four generations. Steeped in history there has been a hotel on this site since 1807, and as such this is a Grade II listed building, with beautiful Georgian frontage. Ideally located in the centre of town opposite Steyne gardens and adjacent to the seafront, there are 97 en-suite bedrooms, many with air-conditioning, and half of which have been recently renovated.

 

All rooms are en suite with TV, hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities and free Wi-Fi. Leisure facilities include a games room with 2 full-size snooker tables, a pool table and table tennis. Hardwick Restaurant serves good cuisine, using local produce, in a welcoming atmosphere. Guests may also enjoy a drink or snack in the Chatsworth lounge and cocktail bars.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Shap Village Hall Shap
Tebay Old Services Car Park Tebay
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Old Bus Station Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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