Mid Sussex - An Overview

Just a short journey from London, discover Mid Sussex, a world of unspoilt charm and outstanding natural beauty, including the designated South Downs National Park.

Over 60% of the district is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty from the gently rolling High Weald in the north to the chalk escarpments of the South Downs. This area of Sussex is at the heartland of some of the most beautiful countryside in England and includes parts of the spectacular South Downs Way.

The unique pair of Jack & Jill Windmills sits happily on the South Downs overlooking the ancient routes and paths that criss-cross this green and pleasant land. So it's no surprise to learn that this natural beauty has inspired poets, artists, writers and filmmakers alike.

The market towns of Burgess Hill, East Grinstead and Haywards Heath offer speciality shopping and places to enjoy a bite to eat, whilst antique shops, galleries and local crafts can be found in many of the district's villages.

Lasting signs of Sussex's history and heritage nestle in the unspoilt countryside. Ancient woodlands sit with medieval timber-framed and tile hung houses. Winding country lanes bordered by natural hedgerows lead to historic houses, ancient churches, and hidden villages with cricket greens, and duck ponds overlooked by the village pub. Mid Sussex is also home to the Bluebell Railway whose steam line runs the entire length of the district and accessible from the London Victoria mainline at East Grinstead.

Mid Sussex has a whole array of top class attractions - visit the Experience Mid Sussex website which has details of the wonderful gardens,vineyards, events venues and hotels and restaurants that the District has to offer 

Enjoy the Gardens that are linked by plant hunters, design, and a rich Weald soil providing the ultimate growing conditions for a range of exotic and unusual plants - are waiting to be discovered. Take time to explore the woodland glades at High Beeches, Borde Hill's sub-tropical Dells, and the fascinating horticultural styles of Nymans. Plus don't forget to visit Kew's ‘Country Garden' at Wakehurst Place and its important Millennium Seed Bank.

At our Venues, there are a number of major and local events are held each year - International show jumping at Hickstead, veteran car and steam rallies, outdoor summer concerts in beautiful surroundings, country fairs and the South of England show at Ardingly.

At our three vineyards there's an opportunity to sample the selections of both still and sparkling wines on a tour of the facilities or by calling at the cellar doors.  

Enjoy the hospitality of our top class hotels and spas - with superb food and luxurious comfort - enjoy breakfast lunch or dinner - or even afternoon tea at our four hotels which are probably some of the best southern of England. 

Download or view a brochure of Experience Mid Sussex attractions here.

Walkers and cyclists return year after year to explore the hundreds of miles of paths and cycleways. Visit the Kingscote Valley near East Grinstead with its unique offer of outdoor activities, high class accommodation and hostelries - all linked with a heritage railway and vineyard experience.

So whether exploring the countryside, enjoying the fresh air and tranquillity or taking a relaxing break away from the hustle and bustle, this charming corner of Sussex offers you an unforgettable experience.

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