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Sussex

Sussex is a place of beautiful coastline, gardens, literary greats, rolling South Downs, vast art collections and a castle. Discover what to see and do and plan a day out to remember.

Places to visit

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Top places to visit in Sussex

Spring flowers and lawn in front of the ruins at Nymans
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Nymans 

A garden lovers' home for all seasons, with an extensive yet intimate garden set around a romantic house and ruins.

near Haywards Heath, West Sussex

Partially open today
View from First Bridge towards Middle Lake at Sheffield Park East Sussex
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Sheffield Park and Garden 

Acres of Grade I listed landscaped garden and lakes, surrounded by historic parkland and woodland

Uckfield, East Sussex

Fully open today
View over the lake with surrounding trees towards the house at Petworth, West Sussex
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Petworth 

A magnificent Treasure House displaying one of the finest art collections in the care of the National Trust, nestled in a 700-acre deer park

Petworth, West Sussex

Fully open today
The castle and catkins around the moat at Bodiam Castle, East Sussex
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Bodiam Castle 

Archetypal 14th century moated castle with ruined interior - a glimpse of medieval splendour

near Robertsbridge, East Sussex

Fully open today
Spring flowers blooming on the lawn in front of the house
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Standen 

Arts and Crafts family home with Morris & Co. interiors, set in a beautiful hillside garden

East Grinstead, West Sussex

Fully open today
A landscape photo. In the foreground there is a water feature and a rose garden that is yet to bloom. In the background is a house and gardens. The sky is blue.
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Bateman's 

Jacobean house, home of Rudyard Kipling

Burwash, East Sussex

Fully open today
The cliffs in twilight at Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters, East Sussex
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Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters 

A popular coastal hub, where the South Downs meet the sea

near Eastbourne, East Sussex

Fully open today
An autumn sunset reflecting golden light on the red bricks of Uppark House
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Uppark 

A tranquil 17th-century house set within intimate gardens and woodland.

Petersfield, West Sussex

Closed now
A view across the lake to the Elizabethan mansion on a sunny day at Wakehurst, framed by blossom in the foreground
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Wakehurst 

Wild botanic garden, managed by Kew and home to the Millennium Seed Bank

Haywards Heath, West Sussex

Fully open today

What's on for families in Sussex

Children in the garden following an Easter trail

Easter adventures in Sussex 

Get ready for an Easter adventure packed with family-friendly activities and trails at 8 National Trust places in Sussex. Discover Springfest activities at Nymans and a duck trail at Sheffield Park and Garden. Join the dragon egg-stravaganza at Bodiam Castle. Plus there's a new Spring Festival of delights at Petworth.

Film locations in Sussex

Ridley Scott directs Joaquin Phoenix on the set of Napoleon (2023)
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Filming Napoleon at Petworth House 

Discover how Petworth House provided an authentic backdrop to the drama in Ridley Scott's epic film Napoleon (2023).

Beaches and coast in Sussex

Discover shifting sands, salt marshes and a vibrant coastal hub on the Sussex coast.

People and dogs on wet sand at the beach, with chalk cliffs behind, at Birling Gap, East Sussex
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Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters 

Discover what to see and do at Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters. Fossil hunt on the beach, walk on the historic downland or enjoy the views as you spot birds.

Two people walking across the sand at East Head in West Sussex with the rough wooden posts of an old groyne in the foreground and the sea sparkling in the distance
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The beach at East Head 

Explore East Head beach. With space to play, scenic walks and interesting wildlife to discover, there's lots to see and do at this popular spot.

Castles in Sussex

Sussex is home to one of the National Trust's top castles.

Visitors walk around in the open-air centre of Bodiam Castle, East Sussex
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Bodiam Castle 

With its full moat, original wooden portcullis, murder holes, spiral staircases and battlements, a visit to Bodiam Castle provides a glimpse back in time to the 14th century. Enough of the interior ruins survive to give an impression of castle life, and on selected dates, look out for tours, talks, armour demonstrations and family trails to find out more about the people who lived and worked here.

Places to stay in Sussex

The exterior of Woodlands Cottage, nr Haywards Heath, Sussex

Woodlands Cottage 

A former game keeper’s house, this classically-styled cottage is surrounded by woodland.

The exterior of The Morris Apartment within Standen House, West Sussex

The Morris Apartment 

A one-bedroom apartment in trademark Arts and Crafts style, on the second floor of Standen House.

Our work

Find out about the conservation, biodiversity, community, wildlife and nature work taking place in Sussex

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Changing Chalk partnership 

The South Downs have been a place to live, work and play for thousands of years. Together we can make sure they will be enjoyed for thousands more. Learn how the projects of the Changing Chalk partnership, led by the National Trust, are restoring lost habitats, bringing histories to life, and providing new outdoor experiences across the eastern South Downs, and discover how you can get involved.

Upcoming events

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Daily guided tours of the garden 

Nymans, near Haywards Heath, West Sussex

Join a daily guided garden tour led by expert garden guides.

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22 Feb to 31 Dec 2024
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10:00 to 17:00
+ 313 other dates or times
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Community Coffee Mornings 

Lamb House, Rye, East Sussex

Fancy a chat over a cuppa? Come along to our free coffee mornings on the last Wednesday of every month.

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28 Feb to 30 Oct 2024
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10:30 to 11:30
+ 8 other dates or times
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Gardener Walks & Tours: Spooky Stories of Sheffield Park and Garden 

Sheffield Park and Garden, Uckfield, East Sussex

Join our Senior Gardener before the gardens open to explore the spooky side of Sheffield Park and Garden.

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29 Feb 2024
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08:30 to 10:00
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Signs of Spring I Spy 

Bodiam Castle, near Robertsbridge, East Sussex

Look out for spring wildlife as you explore the landscape around Bodiam Castle.

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1 Mar to 24 May 2024
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10:00 to 15:30
+ 84 other dates or times
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East Grinstead Spinners 

Standen House and Garden, East Grinstead, West Sussex

Demonstrations of the traditional craft of spinning, dyeing and handweaving.

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1 Mar to 4 Oct 2024
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11:00 to 15:30
+ 7 other dates or times
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Guided Tree Tours for 2024 

Nymans, near Haywards Heath, West Sussex

Join our Guided Tree Tours to learn more about our Champion Trees, see our seasonal highlights and understand the influence that the Messel family had on the creation of this wonderful garden.

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4 Mar to 30 Nov 2024
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10:30 to 12:00
+ 19 other dates or times
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Bodiam Castle tour 

Bodiam Castle, near Robertsbridge, East Sussex

Discover the story of Bodiam Castle and the people who built, lived and worked in it through the ages.

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5 Mar to 31 Oct 2024
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11:15 to 12:00
+ 314 other dates or times
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World Book Day at Sheffield Park and Garden, Thurs 7 March, 10am-4pm 

Sheffield Park and Garden, Uckfield, East Sussex

Celebrate 2024's World Book Day at Sheffield Park and Garden's Book Fair.

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7 Mar 2024
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10:00 to 16:00
Family walking down the main drive with lady in a tramper at Shugborough Estate, Staffordshire - CTA crop only

Where will you visit next?

Discover lots of gardens, historic houses, days out at the coast and more.