Families love the West Sussex Coast for its sunny, warm climate, award-winning beaches and fabulous fun seaside resorts including great value Littlehampton and Bognor Regis with its famous Butlins theme park which is open to day visitors. Elegant Worthing, a favourite writing hole of Oscar Wilde, is brimming with beautiful heritage seaside architecture from the pier and pavilion to wonderful seafront gardens and the famous Edwardian Dome Cinema. Of all the arts, it’s theatre and drama that particularly shine in West Sussex with acclaimed venues including Worthing’s Connaught Theatre and the birthplace of the National Theatre Company – Chichester Festival Theatre just inland.
The gentle beaches of the West Sussex Coast at Worthing, Littlehampton, Bognor Regis and Selsey are long-standing family favourites with beautiful seafront promenades flanked by amusements, mini theme parks and pleasure boating lakes. At Littlehampton the river estuary of the Arun meets the sea offering a magical mix of harbour attractions including fishing and Lookout viewpoint plus a beautiful beach, theme park, boating lake and mini promenade boat train.
Windsurfing is particularly popular along the West Sussex Coast, especially around Littlehampton, and in the far west you’ll find great diving and fishing territory on the Peninsula at Selsey. Top surfing and kitesurfing conditions are on the award-winning Witterings beaches overlooking Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, also a favourite spot for sailing, boat trips and watersports.
The large West Sussex coastal towns including Worthing, Littlehampton and Bognor Regis all have fast rail links to Chichester and Brighton, with onward swift rail travel to London. Ferry services at Portsmouth and Southampton are within easy reach as is Gatwick Airport and Southampton Airport. The A24 (or M23/A23 onto the coastal A27) is the main road route down off the M25 ring road.
Where to Stay
Looking for that extra special coastal cottage with real character – find it here along the West Sussex Coast which features some real beach cottage gems and stylish contemporary beach houses around Selsey, The Witterings and Chichester Harbour. Stay in a welcoming seafront guest house in one of the classic West Sussex seaside resorts like beautiful Worthing and family friendly Bognor Regis. Browse accommodation choice on the West Sussex Coast below and book online or direct with iknow.
Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.