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Places to stay in West Sussex
West Sussex is steeped in history, combining thousands of years of human history with unparalleled scenery. From hills and cliffs to sandy beaches, the county is also well-known for a number of stately homes including Goodwood and Uppark, as well as some stunning battlements and castles.
It is also particularly friendly to lovers of the great outdoors, and retains much of its personality under law - over half the county is protected countryside, so walking and cycling are particularly popular among visitors and residents alike. Plenty of larger towns and cities exist for those who prefer a more urban break, while the ever-popular Brighton borders the county to the east.
Three YHA hostels serve West Sussex, including the Georgian mansion of Arundel, the harbour-side development at Littlehampton - with its sandy Blue Flag beach just metres away - and Truleigh Hill's more modern building in the South Downs National Park. As the area is famed for its great weather and countless outdoor activities, the YHA happily caters for thousands of people each and every year from these three unrivalled locations in the county.
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Known officially as the Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity, this stunning complex was founded in 1075 and combines Norman and Gothic styles. It is also the resting place of Gustav Holst, as well as the Arundel tomb - inspiring poet Philip Larkin to write a piece in its honour as part of The Whitsun Weddings.
The Royal Pavilion
In the neighbouring unitary borough of Brighton is this mind-blowing former royal residence and seaside retreat, built in an Indo-Saracenic style popular in India during the 19th century.
As the highest point in West Sussex and the South Downs National Park, Blackdown's beauty is not only inspirational for new visitors, but also served as a canvas for the imagination of Alfred, Lord Tennyson during consecutive summers in the late 1800s.
This country house is the seat of the Dukes of Richmond, and its surrounding estate continues to draw millions of people each year due to its use as a major sport and leisure venue encompassing a racecourse and racing circuit - home of the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed.