Worthing is situated on the West Sussex coast and is within a close distance of Brighton
. It evolved from a small fishing hamlet to become a flourishing seaside resort in the late 19th century, following the visit of Princess Amelia, youngest daughter of George III. This attractive seaside town boasts attractive Regency houses, a good beach with pier and a 4 mile promenade.
- Worthing Pier offers the usual seaside attractions such as amusement arcades. There's a theatre at the promenade end which hosts events including dinner dances and art/craft fairs. The Worthing Lido
can also be found on the seafront and consists of gift and souvenir shops, a restaurant and a number of rides for young children. Weekends usually feature live entertainment.
Major visitor attractions include Worthing Museum and Art Gallery
on Chapel Road. The museum houses one of the most extensive collections of costumes and toys in the country, including over 1000 dolls dating from the 18th century. Also exhibited are an impressive number of artifacts retrieved from local archeological digs, such as Roman pottery and Saxon Jewellery.
Nature lovers should visit Highdown Gardens
on the Littlehampton Road. This one-time chalk pit was developed into over 8 acres of attractive gardens and features a selection of rare trees and plant species. They hold a Green Flag Award and have also been designated as a National Collection.
Food and drink
- Casa Ciro
Restaurant on Marine Parade serves a la carte Italian cuisine and is one of the better eateries in town. It offers a number of special deals and also caters for vegetarians. For British food with a contemporary twist, see the stylish, Biz Restaurant
on Montague Place. Pleasingly set on the seafront near the pier, The Biz serves 'cooked to order' dishes in a relaxed environment.
Worthing features a range of good pubs. Real Ale
lovers should visit the North Star
which serves an ever-changing collection of cask ales - visitors are allowed to 'try before they buy' too.
Also of note is the Charles Dickens
on Heene Road. It offers a collection of guest ales, serves a full menu from lunch until late evening and also features a large garden area which is dog and family friendly.