This seaside town in West Sussex, England, has a great deal to offer you and your family on your next vacation. Aptly named, Worthing literally means “place of people” in Old English, and it welcomes those seeking a travel destination full of delicious food and classic pubs. This town is happy to be your temporary home away from home and you’d be in good company! Worthing was once home to writers and artists such as Oscar Wilde and Harold Pinter. It is only natural that such seaside beauty brings inspiration and creativity to whoever stops by. The town is sure to charm your socks off, read on to learn more about the best things to do in Worthing!
1. The Dome Cinema
The historic Dome Cinema is housed inside a classically Edwardian structure. The Dome is one of England’s oldest working cinemas, having originally opened in 1911, as a culture and entertainment complex. Before being dubbed the Dome, the building was called the Kursaal - meaning cure hall. Since it’s conception, the Dome Cinema has been a place for entertainment and a place to escape to, for fun. Nowadays the cinema shows blockbuster hits and even has a lovely bar for pre and post film drinks.
The Dome Cinema
Address: 21-22 Marine Parade, Worthing BN11 3PT, UK
Website: Dome Cinema
2. Highdown Gardens
On the western edge of Worthing is Highdown Gardens, home to an extensive collection of rare trees and flowers. It was built at a time in English history when many trips were being made to China, and on return, many rare and beautiful plants were brought back to the UK. Now considered to be a prized national collection, Highdown Gardens continues to thrive as a home to this flora and fauna. Admission is free to visit the grounds.
Address: Highdown Rise, Littlehampton Rd, Goring-by-Sea BN12 6FB, United Kingdom
Website: Highdown Gardens
3. Worthing Pier
A day spent on the pier is a classic seaside pastime, and the Worthing Pier has all the attractions you could want. From the Pavillion Cafe and Bar, to The Lido Family Fun Center, there is much to do. Take in the sebreeze from the lounge chairs, eat ice cream, or fish off the end of the pier. Nothing sounds more like a summer holiday than a pier day.
Address: Marine Parade, Worthing, West Sussex BN11 3PX
Website: Worthing Pier
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4. The Egremont Bar and Restaraunt
Stop in for lunch at the Egremont Bar and Restaraunt. A traditional pub with an insanely extensive gin menu, the Egremont is a hub of fun. Not only is the food reputed to be delicious, the bar also provides live music and entertainment, every week. A town favorite for Sunday roast, this dog-friendly establishment sounds like a great place to pass the time.
The Egremont Bar and Restaurant
Address: 32 Brighton Road, Worthing, BN11 3ED
Website: The Egremont Bar and Restaurant
5. Castle Goring
Castle Goring is a structure with a fascinating history. Built in the 1790s, the castle was intended to be inhabited by the popular English poet P.B. Shelley. However, after drowning in Italy at the young age of 29, it was taken over by his wife, Mary Shelley - the same Mary Shelley who created the iconic gothic novel, Frankenstein. She sold the castle in 1845 and after World War II it was used as a language school. Today it is used for weddings and a wide variety of ticketed events. The website lists the calendar, offering afternoon tea, supper clubs, and big band music nights on the green.
Address: Arundel Rd, Angmering, Worthing BN13 3UN, UK
Website: Castle Goring
6. Roundstone Farm
Roundstone Farm is a “pick-your-own” farm - a wonderful place to spend time with family. Picking season runs from late May to late September and offers a huge selection of fruit and vegetables, ripe for the picking. The farm has been family owned for over 50 years and works to offer a fun and educational outdoor experience, for children and adults.
Roundstone Pick Your Own Farm
Address: Littlehampton Rd, Angmering, Worthing BN12 6PW, UK
Website: Roundstone Farm
7. The Forge Gallery
The Forge Gallery is an independently owned contemporary glass studio and art gallery. Resident artists from the area make and sell their beautiful works at the Forge, these primarily being blown and fused glass, ceramics, fine jewelry, contemporary textiles, and metal works. Visitors are invited to admire the works, or even take a one-day glass course.
The Forge Gallery
Address: The Forge, 81 High Street, Worthing BN11 1DN, United Kingdom
Website: The Forge Gallery
8. Chichester Jazz Club
The Chichester Jazz Club is a recurring music night, presenting professional live jazz music performances. Inside, are candle lit tables in a spacious club setting, complete with a bar, just to set the tone. Occasionally, other artists will be hosted, such as poet, Frieda Hughes. Check the website for upcoming program listings and enjoy yourself a swell night of jazz.
Chichester Jazz Club
Address: Pallant Suite, 7 S Pallant, Chichester PO19 1SY, UK
Website: Chichester Jazz Club
9. High Salvington Windmill
Built in 1750, this grist mill is still fully operational. Not without some bumps along the way, however. Set on quintessentially beautiful English land, the mill makes for a lovely day trip. Many myths used to circulate about the mill, intended to lure tourists, including one that said the mill actually has roots deep into the ground, as a result of being built inside an old oak tree. Either way, its roots must be sturdy, metaphorically or otherwise, to still be up and running, in 2017.
High Salvington Windmill
Address: Salvington Hill, Worthing BN13 3AT, UK
Website: High Salvinton Windmill
10. Worthing Museum and Art Gallery
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Funded back in the day by none other than Andrew Carnegie, the Worthing Museum and Art Gallery is the largest museum in West Sussex. It is also home to one of the biggest costume and textile exhibitions in the United Kingdom. The museum collection includes over 900 dolls and an extensive collection of toys from the time of the Georgian period. On display in the museum, until September 2017, is a fascinating exhibit titled “Isolation Chamber Vacation.” This installation explores the concept of being alone, through the mediums of film, photography, painting, and drawing.
Worthing Museum and Art Gallery
Address: Chapel Rd BN11 1HP, United Kingdom
Website: Worthing Museum and Art Gallery
11. Cissbury Ring
Located in South Downs is the hill fort, Cissbury Ring. Cissbury Ring is actually the second largest hill fort in England and dates back to the middle ages. It contains a Neolithic flint mine, with incredible views that reach all the way to Brighton in one direction and the Isle of Wight in the other. Cissbury Ring also happens to be the highest point in Worthing. Folklore has it that the fort was formed when the devil attempted to dig a hole that would flood the sea into the entire Sussex area. The clods of dirt flung away by the devil resulted in the formation of the ring that we know today.
Address: Access to Cissbury Ring, Near Findon BN14 0HT, UK
Website: Cissbury Ring
The place of people
Worthing has much to offer, as a beautiful, historic, seaside English town. With its beautiful architecture, rambling countryside, and ocean breeze, you will never be at a loss for something fun to do.
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