Head to Fishbourne Roman Palace, the largest Roman home in Britain. Imagine the luxury that would once have surrounded the proud owner of this lavish Roman residence.
Stroll around the recreated Roman gardens – the earliest gardens found anywhere in the country – or take a tour through extensive corridors and elevated walkways as you imagine how the palace may have looked 2,000 years ago. Take in the North Wing, a remarkable monument to Roman life, art and architecture. Enjoy the largest collection of mosaics in situ in the UK, as you take in over twenty mosaics – including the spectacular Cupid on a Dolphin – that lie among its incredible remains.
Delve into Tilgate Park to enjoy stunning lakes, lawns and gardens. Stroll through miles of woodland and bridleways as you take in the beautiful landscapes that make this a Green Flag award-winning park. Take a walk on the wild side when you explore the park’s Tilgate Nature Centre, which houses over 100 different species – from otters to owls, terrapins to tapirs, raccoons to reindeer. Feel at one with nature as you observe these beautiful creatures at home.
Discover Highdown Gardens, the stunningly beautiful chalk gardens that overlook the sea from their home in the Downland countryside. Home to a unique collection of rare plants and trees, this hidden gem is a tranquil haven for all to enjoy. Take in Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens, the finest woodland gardens in England with over 240 acres featuring outstanding scenery. Explore 7 meandering lakes or enjoy enchanting walking trails through woodland forests, rock gardens and parklands. Keep an eye out for the park’s rare colony of wallabies and a number of deer that roam free through this spectacularly beautiful estate.
Take in Kingley Vale, home to a grove of ancient trees which are among the oldest living things in Britain. Explore one of the finest yew forests in Western Europe, as you weave in and out of gnarled branches that bow down to the floor. Like something out of a Tim Burton movie, these twisted trees were originally planted as a memorial for a battle fought between the Anglo Saxons and the Vikings in 850. Imagine the battles fought centuries ago as you stare in wonder at the Devil’s Humps, ancient burial mounds that resemble mini volcanoes. Stand atop the burial mounds for one of the best views across the South Downs. Take in views of Chichester Cathedral, Chichester Harbour, Brighton and even the Isle of Wight.