Horsham has a very enviable location in Sussex, meaning there are plenty of options for day trips and exploration at the weekend. Between London and Brighton, there’s a wealth of things to do and see, for young couples and families alike.
If you’re looking to do something new at the weekend, take a look at what we think are some of the best day trips from Horsham; easy to get to and always a great way to spend time:
Arundel Castle, Arundel
Head south to the small market town of Arundel. With a steep vale overlooking the South Downs, the medieval castle makes a striking impression on the landscape, set against the charismatic high street full of independent shops. En route, stroll along the river, grab tea and scones at Belinda’s, the 16th century tea rooms and if available on your day, watch live history shows in the grounds.
The stately gardens here are very colourful and well-designed; perfect for a picnic, whilst the the interiors and displays of knight armour are fascinating. Brilliant for the Spring, Summer and Autumn months, tickets can be booked in advance. We also recommend visiting the bakery at the bottom of the high street!
Travel time: 40 minutes drive, 30 minute train
Seven Sisters Country Park, Seaford
England’s beautiful south coast is a popular holiday destination, but being so close we can save on the expense of accommodation and head down for a day out. The Seven Sister’s Country Park is iconic for the white chalk cliffs and is the ideal way to get a breath of fresh air and blow away the cobwebs.
The attraction has ample parking, a visitor centre, cafe and restaurant, bird watching and cycling facilities. You’ll often see visitors flying kites or simply enjoying the view. Of course, you can also visit the beach or set yourself up with a good book by the river valley. Dogs are allowed, but must be kept on a lead.
Travel time: One hour drive, two hour train
Royal Pavilion, Brighton
Right in the heart of ‘London by the sea’ is the Royal Pavilion, which boasts an Indian style exterior and a Chinese style interior, set in generous park grounds. Built for King George IV it has a colourful history and almost unique visual appeal. Used as a WW1 hospital and even as a civic building, take the chance to see the splendour and hear its hidden stories for yourself.
Once you’ve enjoyed the Royal Pavilion and its adjacent museum, spend some time at the seaside and grab fish and chips on the pier. How could you possibly resist this nearby day out?
Travel time: 45 minute drive, 55 minute train
While researching this, we found there wasn’t a great deal of resource out there for day trips from Horsham, so please comment below with your own recommendations. We may even Tweet your suggestion at @HorshamBlog!