New homes in Littlehampton
Welcome to Littlehampton
Whether you’re walking along the beach, shopping in the local market or exploring historic sights, the coastal town of Littlehampton has something for the whole family to enjoy. Located in West Sussex, the town is midway between Worthing and Bognor Regis and has good transport links to nearby towns and cities.
A quick history
The history of Littlehampton dates back to Roman times, and by the time of the Domesday Book in the 11th century, the settlement had become a fishing community. The port on the River Arun developed in the 18th century, and later the town became a holiday destination along with its popular neighbour, Bognor Regis. By the 1920s, Littlehampton was thriving as a tourist spot for families and in 1967, the first ever Blue Peter lifeboat was launched in the town.
Business and industry
The Body Shop headquarters are in Littlehampton, while the manufacturing company Dando Drilling is also based in the town. Littlehampton is within commuting distance of Havant and Portsmouth, where employers include Fat Face, IBM UK and Xyratex Technology, while Brighton is home to American Express and the University of Brighton.
Things to do in the area
If you’re moving to Littlehampton with a family in tow, there are lots of great kid-friendly attractions in and around the town including Littlehampton Museum, The Look & Sea! Centre, Mewsbrook Park and Harbour Park. On weekends, Littlehampton Ferry operates river crossings and harbour tours.
On sunny summer days, West Beach is perfect for a relaxing afternoon by the sea, while the pebble and sand East Beach is especially popular with families. East Beach has its own promenade and seafront green and is patrolled by lifeguards in the summer.
If you want to get out and about in the countryside, there are lots of great places to enjoy a hike or cycle ride close to Littlehampton, including Chichester Harbour AONB and the South Downs National Park.
Other attractions in the town include The Windmill Theatre and Cinema, Littlehampton Railway, Brookfield Park and the regular artisan market. Arundel is also nearby, where you’ll find the striking Arundel Castle and Gardens, and the National Trust’s Petworth House and Park, Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre, and Fishbourne Roman Palace are all within driving distance.
Travel and commuting
Littlehampton is located on the A259 and has its own train station with regular services to London, Portsmouth and beyond. Littlehampton is 50 minutes away from Brighton by car or 45 minutes by train, while Portsmouth can be reached in 45 minutes by car or 50 minutes by train, changing once in Ford. London is a two-hour drive away, or one hour 45 minutes by direct train to London Victoria.
When it’s time to go on holiday or travel overseas for business, Southampton Airport is just under one hour away by car. London Gatwick is just 50 minutes away by car or one hour 10 minutes by train, ideal if you don’t want to worry about parking your car at the airport.