Special Sub-Topic: Sussex for Visitors
|Sussex has, for many years, legally been two counties. Of which is Chichester the county town and only city?|
West Sussex. Chichester is a delightful city centred around a mediaeval market cross. Other sights include the twelfth-century cathedral and the Guildhall. Also worth a visit in south West Sussex is the extensive Fishbourne Roman Palace, the charming village of Bosham on Chichester Harbour, or if you're all dressed up, you might like to go to the horse races at nearby Goodwood.
|Which range of chalk hills runs through Sussex?|
South Downs. The eighty-mile South Downs Way provides a delightful walk through Sussex, taking in the Devil's Dyke viewpoint near Brighton, Chanctonbury Ring hill fort and Beachy Head and Seven Sisters cliffs near Eastbourne. Eastbourne is a quiet resort town where the main sights are the pier and two forts. In the past both Karl Marx and Claude Debussy worked there.
|Which Sussex resort so delighted King George V that he granted it a royal title?|
Bognor. Bognor was renamed 'Bognor Regis'. Littlehampton and Worthing are also traditional West Sussex seaside resorts, with all the attractions you would expect. Nearby West Wittering is popular with people who want a quieter break, and is known for its wonderful beach.
|International touring sides from which sport traditionally play in Arundel?|
Cricket. Arundel is a picturesque town, lying in a gap in the Downs, where you can visit the richly furnished castle. Nearby lie the mosaics of Bignor Roman Villa, and a (slightly) more recent collection of buildings moved to the Weald and Downland museum, including mediaeval houses, a corn mill and a market hall.
|Petworth House lies in a delightful village in northwest Sussex. The house is architecturally inspiring, but is most notable for its art collection, including several Turners. Its grounds are considered the crowning achievement of which eighteenth-century garden designer?|
Capability Brown. Most visitors to Northern West Sussex are headed for Gatwick Airport, but also offers small, quaint towns such as Midhurst (known for polo) and Billingshurst, and the shopping centres of Crawley and Horsham.
|At the Battle of Hastings, in 1066, William of Normandy defeated the Saxon king Harold II and so took the crown of England. How is the location it took place at now known?|
Battle. Although there's not much to see on the battlefield itself, Battle Abbey, originally built by William I to give thanks for his victory, rewards a visit to the town. In Hastings, both the beaches with fisherman's net shops, and the exhibitions in the caves and castle remains attract visitors. The attractive mediaeval ports of Winchelsea and Rye are also nearby.
|What attractions can you find at Leonardslee, Sheffield Park and Wakehurst Place, all in northeast Sussex?|
Gardens. The rural area, part of the heavily wooded Weald, also offers trips on the Bluebell steam railway, or a wander through the Ashdown Forest, inspiration for the world of Winnie the Pooh.
|Lewes, county town of half of Sussex, is famed for its raucous celebrations of which annual event?|
Guy Fawkes' Night. Lewes is a very attractive town with a ruined castle, streets lined with Georgian buildings, and was home to Anne of Cleves, Thomas Paine and much of the Bloomsbury group. Nearby, you will find the Glyndebourne Opera House, known for its imaginative but incredibly expensive performances.
|The City of Brighton and Hove is the largest and liveliest city in Sussex. On which of its piers can you ride the funfair attractions?|
Palace Pier. Sadly, the more attractive West Pier has been destroyed by a series of storms, but the seafront still has a lot to offer, including the (undeniably) Grand Hotel, an aquarium, and the oldest electric railway in Europe. Brighton is also the sporting centre of Sussex, and boasts a league football team and a county cricket ground.
The Palace Pier is now known as the Brighton Pier.
|Which British monarch popularised the resort of Brighton and built the distinctive Royal Pavillion in his youth?|
George IV. The Royal Pavillion is an idiosyncratic interpretation of Indian and Islamic architecture, topped with onion domes, and the interior is in the same spirit. Also in the area are the small shops of the Lanes, which formed the fishing village Brighton grew out of, and North Laine and Kemp Town, which are far more affordable. Kemp Town also forms the centre of the city's thriving lesbian and gay scene, and with summer concerts on the beach as well, there's something for everyone in Brighton, just as everyone will enjoy a visit to Sussex.
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