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Tourism

The area offers a wide range of activities for the young and old to enjoy. It is a fitting base for the holidaymaker as the sea is not far away.


Attractions

St Mary’s House & Gardens – Medieval house in 5 acres of gardens
Steyning Museum – exhibits include Saxon relics.
Hollygate Cactus Garden and Nursery – Over 30,000 cacti featured.
Chanctonbury Ring – Site of Iron Age hill fort. Country walks with trails.


Transport

Road - It is on the A283 which connects the A27 at Shoreham with the A24 at Washington and ultimately the A3 near Godalming in Surrey.


Brief History

There is evidence of Bronze Age activity in the area but it was the Saxons that settled in Steyning. St Cuthman built a wooden church here before the 9th century and dwellings were built soon afterwards. Steyning became prosperous due to a harbour being constructed near the church. Trading was established and the village increased in size. The Normans destroyed a lot of the town following the Conquest. The area dwindled when the sea receded in the 14th century and made the harbour useless for large trading vessels. The village started to flourish again in the 15th century when local landowners and farmers developed it as a market town.


Famous People

Lord Olivier – Classical actor (aka Sir Laurence Olivier)


Approximate Population

5,812 according to the 2001 census


Nearest Tourist Information Centre

Worthing
Chapel Road, Worthing, West Sussex BN11 1HL
Tel: 01903 221066


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