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Things to do in South Downs National Park

England's latest National Park which officially came into operation in April 2011. Includes the rolling chalk ridges and landscapes of the South Downs along to the historic white cliffs of Beachy Head. Plenty of olde English villages and small towns to explore on your travels.

Are you looking for things to do in the South Downs? We've got plenty of great ideas for you and places to go in your leisure time.



South Downs Light Railway

Trains run from March to September and are usually hauled by a real coal burning steam engine. Great fun for adults & children.
Pulborough Garden Centre
Stopham Road
RH20 1DS


Fishers Farm Park

Award-winning family visitor attraction located in Wisborough Green on the edge of the South Downs National Park.
Newpound Lane
Wisborough Green
West Sussex
RH14 0EG


Pulborough Brooks RSBP Nature Reserve

The Visitor Centre and reserve is open all year and boasts a great variety of habitats including wetlands, woodland, and heathland.
Uppertons Barn Visitor Centre, Wiggonholt
West Sussex
RH20 2EL



Parham is an ethereal English garden for the loveliest of Elizabethan manor houses.
West Sussex
RH20 4HS


Lavington Common FREE

National Trust - A rare pocket of openness amongst plantation woodland.
GU28 0QR


Petworth House & Park

National Trust - The National Trust's finest art collection: over 300 paintings including works by Van Dyck, Blake, Reynolds and Turner.
West Sussex
GU28 0AE



Petworth Cottage Museum

The museum is a Leconfield Estate worker’s cottage restored and furnished as it might have been in about 1910.
346 High Street
GU28 0AU




Burton Mill Pond FREE

An atmospheric hammer pond surrounded by reedbeds and woodland. The nature trail leads through an exciting mosaic of habitats.
Burton Park Road
GU28 0JR



Forest Gallery

Forest Gallery enjoys an excellent reputation as one of the best galleries in the South-East.
Lombard Street
GU28 0AG


Recommended by Ashley Cordwell, West Sussex
“Lovely art gallery with a good selection of colourful paintings. ”



West Chiltington Golf Club

Golf Club.
Broadford Bridge Road
West Chiltington
West Sussex
RH20 2YA


West Sussex Golf Club

Pulborough is home to West Sussex Golf Club.
West Sussex Golf Club
West Sussex
RH20 2EN


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Farnborough (25.6 miles)
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Woking (24.9 miles)
Crawley (17.9 miles)
Reigate (22.4 miles)
Redhill (24.5 miles)
Petersfield (18.7 miles)
Gosport (29.2 miles)
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Burgess Hill (16.4 miles)
Lewes (23.7 miles)
Hailsham (34.1 miles)
Bognor Regis (13.9 miles)
Chichester (14.4 miles)
Portsmouth (27.6 miles)
Arundel (7.3 miles)
Littlehampton (10.3 miles)
Worthing (11.6 miles)
Shoreham by Sea (13.1 miles)
Brighton (18.9 miles)
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