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The area presents a wide range of activities for families, historians, natue lovers and holidaymakers whether young or old.


Worthing Museum & Art Gallery
Brooklands Pleasure Park – Go Karts, Pony rides, Motor boats and much more for the family.
Highdown Gardens – Contains rare plants and trees
High Salvington Windmill
Worthing Pier


Road – The A24 Trunk Road runs north and links Worthing with London. There are two roads running from east to west: the A259 through the town on the coast and the A27 South Coast Trunk Road which runs through the north of Worthing.

Rail – The West Coastway Line passes through the town linking Brighton with Southampton. It has five stations: East Worthing, Worthing, West Worthing, Durrington on Sea and Goring by Sea.

Brief History

There is evidence that flint mining was carried out in the area during the New Stone Age as four of the 14 flint mines were to be found on the South Downs nearby. On Highdown Hill to the west of the town there is indication of a hill fort dating back to the Bronze Age. The area was settled by the Romans as there have been finds of coins, pottery and tiles from that era. Saxons also settled here at Highdown Hill which they used as a burial ground. Visitors started to come to Worthing late in the 18th century, encouraged by the medical profession who at that time were commending the merits of sea-water, claiming it could cure virtually all ills. It was then not long before more buildings and streets started to appear and the town began to develop into the community it is nowadays. 

Famous People

Tony Caunter – Roy Evans in EastEnders, went to school in the town
Emily Davison – Suffragette, struck by a horse at the 1913 Derby when protesting. She was a teacher in Worthing
Keith Emerson – Keyboard player & composer with Emerson Lake & Palmer. Grew up in Worthing
Harold Pinter – Playwright, lived in the town for a while
John Cooper – Developed the Mini Cooper motor car, lived in Worthing until his death in 2001.
Oscar Wilde – Writer, he wrote “The Importance of Being Earnest” whilst staying in the town

Approximate Population

The estimated population of Worthing was 100,200 in 2008

Nearest Tourist Information Centre

Chapel Road, Worthing, East Sussex BN11 1HL
Tel: +44 (0)1903 221066

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