New homes in West Sussex
Whether you’re exploring the coastline, playing golf or visiting historic sites, there’s no shortage of things to see and do close to your new home in West Sussex. Encompassing the towns of Chichester, Worthing, Crawley and Horsham, West Sussex is a county full of beautiful countryside, great beaches and family attractions, along with excellent transport links and many major employers.
A quick history
West Sussex has a rich history, with ancient sites spanning the Bronze Age, Iron Age and the Roman Era, when a number of roads and Fishbourne Roman Palace were built. The Saxons settled in the region towards the end of the 5th century, when the modern-day county of Sussex was first formed. Although East and West Sussex have been divided since the 12th century, it wasn’t until 1974 that they were recognised as separate ceremonial counties.
Business and industry
From retail to engineering and leisure, there are plenty of great employment opportunities in West Sussex. There are a number of big businesses in the county including; Rolls Royce and West Sussex County Council in Chichester, and Virgin Holidays and Thales in Crawley, while London Gatwick Airport is also a major employer in the local area. If you’re working in London, there are good transport links for commuters.
Things to do in the area
West Sussex is a diverse county, with plenty for the whole family to enjoy. If you love exploring the great outdoors, there are lots of coastlines and beaches to explore including; Chichester Harbour, Worthing Beach and Littlehampton West Beach. The South Downs National Park is ideal for hiking, while the South Downs Way is popular with cyclists.
If you’re moving to West Sussex with children, there are lots of great family attractions in the local area including; Tulleys Farm Crawley, the South Downs Planetarium Science Centre in Chichester, Norfolk Gardens Mini Golf in Littlehampton and Tangmere Military Aviation Museum.
History buffs will enjoy exploring Arundel Castle, Petworth House and Bramber Castle to start with. While other places of interest in West Sussex include; the South Downs Light Railway, Goodwood Motor Circuit, WWT Arundel and the National Trust Nymans House and Gardens.
For a relaxing weekend round of golf, you can practice your swing at one of the many local courses, for example; West Sussex Golf Club, Golf at Goodwood and Littlehampton Golf Club.
Travel and commuting
West Sussex is well-connected to the rest of the UK by road and rail. The M23 connects Crawley with London, while the railway stations have regular services to destinations including London, Portsmouth, Southampton and Gatwick Airport.
Travelling from the south of the county, the journey from Chichester to London takes one hour 55-minutes by car via the A3 or one hour 50-minutes by train. From Crawley, it only takes 30-minutes to reach the capital by train, ideal for commuters.
If you’re going on holiday, London Gatwick Airport can be easily reached by train, with the journey from Crawley taking just 5-minutes. From Chichester, the train to Gatwick takes one-hour-five-minutes.