This vibrant South Coast resort, a little quieter and more laid-back than nearby Brighton, is a charismatic seaside town that was once a busy mining area in the Stone Age. The town, which is near the southern fringe of the scenic South Downs Areas National Park, became a sought-after retreat for affluent holidaymakers by the late Georgian era, when many grand landmarks were built along this coastline.
Celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2012, Worthing Pier, a Grade II listed landmark, is almost 300m in length, although much of the pier was remodelled in the 1930s, following a severe fire. Today, the pier is regularly open to visitors, and contains a popular Gaming Centre with various amusement arcades.
The Worthing Museum and Art Gallery
Marketing itself as 'the jewel in Worthing's crown', the Worthing Museum and Art Gallery was established in 1908 and houses many intriguing archaeological and historic artefacts dating back to the Ancient Egyptian and Stone Age eras. The venue, which is in a handsome Grade II listed building, also contains one of the most comprehensive costume collections of any art gallery in Britain, and showcases hundreds of Georgian dolls.
In the suburbs of Worthing, the Highdown Garden was planted in the early-20th century and is now a National Collection, noted for its unique plant species. One of the best times to visit is the spring, when you can witness a fantastic daffodil display, although the gardens remain picturesque throughout the year.
Only a short drive from Worthing, Brighton is a bustling resort that also has many fine Georgian and Victorian buildings, and was home to a pier by 1899. This town has a distinctly cosmopolitan, gay friendly atmosphere, and is revered for its enchanting 19th-century Royal Pavilion and large Museum and Art Gallery.
Where to stay in Worthing – suggestions
Affordable, elegantly presented Worthing hotels include the photogenic Chatsworth Hotel, the comfortable Findon Manor Hotel, and the stylish Burlington Hotel. Other reputed accommodation establishments include the immaculate Ardington Hotel and the cosy Windsor Hotel.
Ideas on where to eat out in the town
There are dozens of great restaurants in Worthing to satisfy all culinary appetites, although if you're after some delicious Turkish cuisine, consider visiting Efes restaurant. For some divine seafood, you might want to try the Ami Café + Bistro, or treat yourself to some mouthwatering Italian, Mediterranean and seafood cuisine at the Sapore Di Mare restaurant. You can also enjoy some tasty English classics at the Sylvan Oak restaurant, or have some fantastic Polish dishes at the Lavenda Restaurant and Café.
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