Attractions in and around Rustington

In and around Sussex

Rustington is a seaside village with good access to the beach and easy walking along the greenswards and promenades alongside the sea. The beach is pebbly but the tide goes out a long way leaving acres of sand.

Rustington has a good shopping parade with many high street shops and many individual retailers, There are several cafes and restaurants including Chinese, Thai and Indian, as well as 3 pubs, the ‘Lamb Inn’ being just a short walk away.

Arundel Castle

Within easy reach is the historic town of Arundel where Arundel Castle is exceptional, together with its gardens and boating lake. The new South Downs National Park with walking, cycling and Hacking. Is also very close.

Chichester with its beautiful Chichester Cathedral, Chichester Festival Theatre, shops and harbour, are close by

and Worthing, Sussex’s second largest town, is only 5 miles from Rustington with shopping, Worthing Pier and the annual World Bowls Championships. Littlehampton is our neighbour with the River Arun, Littlehampton Marina and the Thomas Heatherwick designed East Beach Cafe.

Brighton is easy to reach with Brighton Pavilion, Brighton Pier and the famous Brighton Lanes for shopping.
Many people visit for Goodwood Racing, Goodwood Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival meeting which are readily accessible. There is more horse racing at Fontwell Racecourse which is 20 mins away.

Parham House and Petworth House are well worth visiting as are the pretty villages of Bosham, Dell Quay, Itchenor together with the well-known beaches of the Witterings and Selsey.


We are ideally situated for Goodwood Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival weekends.


Perhaps the most alluring feature of the picturesque village of Rustington is its attractive pebble-covered beaches and sea views. The continental atmosphere provides residents with the perfect seaside haven.

Rustington has a pebble beach that stretches for some miles passing Littlehampton and finishing at the entrance to the River Arun. As the tide goes out, a sandy wonderland is exposed with beautiful flat sand stretching out from the water’s edge. Acres of space to run and play or walk your dog.

Families with young children play and picnic out by the waves. My parents took me to the beach regularly throughout the warm summers and stormy winters and I have done the same with my children. Happy memories of many days splashing in the sea and building dams around the breakwaters (that’s boys for you). 

At Low Tide, the sea can recede as much as 250 metres exposing vast areas of sand. The Littlehampton/Rustington beach is always amongst the cleanest recorded in the UK.

Rustington has a thriving surfing and kite surfing community. The shallow water and southwesterly winds straight off the Channel make for perfect conditions for these world championship hopefuls.

Recently 2 kite surfers attained worldwide recognition by ‘flying’ over Worthing Pier a very dangerous trick but beautifully executed.

Conservation Area

Since Victorian times Rustington has continued to grow in size and has earned itself a colourful history along the way. The village still boasts an array of flint and thatched cottages and two Conservation areas, which add to its character and charm.

Village Shopping

We’re fortunate in Rustington to have a very good shopping centre with free car parking. Shops include some high street brands such as Boots, Iceland, Superdrug and Holland & Barret. There are also many independents such as Cook, selling fine haute cuisine, but frozen, food, a butcher, a delicatessen, a bakery and 2 greengrocers.

There is a Co-op supermarket and a Tesco Express in the village and Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose stores within a couple of miles. There is even a M&S at the local petrol station!

Entertainment and Amenities

Rustington caters for the needs of its guests and residents with a thriving shopping centre, many restaurants, 3 public houses, 4 churches, a municipal swimming pool and several doctors’ and dentist’ surgeries. Those who enjoy keeping fit are well catered for, as Rustington boasts a health and fitness club, which provides a well-equipped gym, studio classes, swimming pool and spa, fitness arena, crèche, sun-beds and a bar restaurant.

The stunning scenery of the remarkable South Downs is also close at hand for those who enjoy a relaxing stroll or bike ride, or simply a family picnic. The Rustington Golf Centre is just a 3-minute drive away and features an extensive driving range, an 18 hole course and a 9 hole par 3 course for the family. Ham Manor Golf Club is also adjacent to the village.


4 miles to the North lies the castle town of Arundel, ancestral home to the Dukes of Norfolk, with its ancient town centre surrounded by parkland including the famous Wild Fowl and Wetlands Trust. The castle grounds and lake provide a wonderful place to walk and lose yourself and the Black Rabbit pub on the bank of the Arun is never far away.

The current Duke of Norfolk is Edward Fitzalan-Howard, 18th Duke of Norfolk, who succeeded his father, Miles Stapleton-Fitzalan-Howard, 17th Duke of Norfolk, in 2002.

Historic Arundel is crisscrossed with narrow lanes and streets rising from the river’s bank up the hill to the highest point of the town where the cathedral stands. There are many cafes and restaurants together with antique shops and specialist providers. There are regular farmers markets and events throughout the year as well as the annual festival where the town comes alive by opening many historic houses to the public –not to be missed.

The Collector Earl’s Garden
The garden has been conceived as a light-hearted tribute to Thomas Howard, 14th Earl of Arundel (1585-1646), known as ‘The Collector’. The grand centrepiece is the rock work ‘mountain’ planted with palms and rare ferns to represent another world, and supporting a green oak version of ‘Oberon’s Palace’, a fantastic spectacle designed by Inigo Jones for Prince Henry’s Masque on New Year’s Day 1611 – only five years after A Midsummer Night’s Dream was first presented. The garden is an evocation of a Jacobean garden, not a re-creation. In the words of its brilliant and original designers, ‘it aims to stand alone, to be pleasing, timeless and memorable’.

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