Worthing and Littlehampton Coast Guide
Worthing is a typical south coast resort and has been since Victorian times. The original town dates back to Roman times but there is not much sense of history in this pleasant resort town today. Worthing has everything thing you need for a relaxing holiday - safe, sandy beaches, a promenade, attractive gardens and plenty of restaurants and entertainment.
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Present day Worthing is a thriving town of 100,000, the largest in West Sussex, with an excellent beach and promenade, a good shopping centre and an abundance of entertainment venues, including some well regarded theatres. The town became popular in the 18th century as a centre for medical recovery as the doctors of the day extolled the virtues of seawater. Its reputation was give a further boost when George III sent his poorly daughter, Princess Amelia, to the resort to recover. Sea bathing became very popular with Victorian folk and the town developed from a small fishing village become a fashionable resort.
As is the case with many other British seaside resorts, Hastings suffered a period of decline after 1960, as fashions changed and Britons flocked to Europe for their holidays. However more recently the town has started to address these problems with an active investment programme and the town is recovering some of its lost glory.
Worthing's pier was erected in 1862 at a staggering cost of £6,500 the pavilion was added in 1889. Since then it has been nearly wrecked on several occasions by storm and fire but it has been rebuilt on each occasion and is thriving again today. Worthing is also well known for its public gardens so take a stroll around them and unwind.
Littlehampton lies a couple of miles to the west of Hastings, the two towns are conjoined into one urban area. Lying at the mouth of the River Arun the town has developed because of it. In earlier times the settlement formed the gateway to the port of Arundel upstream. In the eighteenth century shipbuilding was developed on the town's quays. More recently Littlehampton has developed into a very popular sailing centre, with some excellent marinas.
Littlehampton has two excellent beaches to chose from - East beach, which is in front of the town, is a traditional family beach. While West beach, on the other side of the river is more natural, with sand dunes and a nature reserve. There are also trips on the river, to nearby Arundel, to enjoy.
Also nearby is Arundel with its magnificent castle, which is the home of the Dukes of Norfolk. Dating back 900 years the castle dominates this small, peaceful town. In the town's narrow streets you will find plenty of antique shops restaurants and some excellent pubs. Until the early 20th century Arundel operated as a port with small ships navigating the River Arun to the quays in the town.
Worthing Beach Arundel Castle
Places to visit in Worthing - Tourist Attractions
Brooklands Park - Golf, go carts and cafe - Leisure and Cultural Services Town Hall, Chapel Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 1HQ. Tel : 01903 239999
The Lido - Marine Parade, Worthing.
Worthing Pier - Traditional pier with amusements and nightclub.