Worthing is one of the most sought-after seaside towns in the southern English county of West Sussex, for its spectacular combination of traditional historic elements and contemporary architecture. Its history will touch you via the Victorian pleasure pier which is surrounded by beautiful coast with long stony beaches.
Worthing is located approximately 20 minutes by train from Brighton and it offers a more peaceful view of the sea than its larger neighbour, and places to enjoy with your family or four-legged friends! With a historic theatre and cinema, plentiful coastal cafés and restaurants, Worthing is really worth a visit.
We explored Worthing almost accidentally, when we were searching for dog-friendly beaches in West Sussex. Fortunately, there are plenty to choose from. But Worthing caught our eye when our friend also recommended this part of the coast to us. And we were more than happy that we spent the very last afternoon of summer there!
The seaside atmosphere is so peaceful and the bright white beach huts present a great view. As it is a dog-friendly beach, there are lots of families with children and doggies enjoying playing in the water.
When we were there in the second half of September, we experienced July-like temperatures so the water was exceptionally warm! Why didn’t we take our swimming costumes?! Fortunately, our dogs Tony and Charlie enjoyed the water a lot and we had great fun watching them as they chased the waves or seagulls.
Lucas has started making his first steps and he was so excited walking in the water, watching his tiny toes in the sand and sea. So much so that he didn’t want to get out of the sea!
After spending some time at the beach we took a short tour of the town. In the centre there are many traditional British pubs, restaurants and cafés and also one of the cutest shops I have ever seen – the Petite Fairytale Boutique, a shop painted pink with beautiful fairy-tale dresses for little princesses!
Walking through Worthing town centre we also found a Royal arcade with more than 20 shops. At the end of the day we enjoyed the sunset from the Victorian pier, watching from the brightly lit Observation Wheel, Worthing’s answer to the London Eye. As nightfall came, Lucas fell asleep and we traversed the Beach House Park to the car to make our way home.
I am sure that this will not be our last time in Worthing because this place really is worth it!