Top places to live in Sussex Worthing
Like to be beside the seaside? With a sizzling foodie scene, indie arts and culture hotspots and an Art Deco pier, Worthing's a small, chic and let's face it, less megabucks Sussex coastal choice. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.
Worthing has all the benefits of living on the coast, without the associated heaving crowds and stratospheric cost of living. From cultural highlights to a bursting foodie scene with just as much ethical creds as Brighton, and of course, easy access both to the coast and the magnificent South Downs.
For unbeatable views while you tuck in head to Coast Cafe, a beachfront gem just a short walk from the iconic pier and Pavilion Theatre. Masterchef Champion Kenny Tutt has two outposts, Pitch which serves modern British classics the heart of Worthing, and brand new Miami-style dining spot Bayside Social. Or enjoy seafood at The Crabshack, a family-run eaterie that includes a building said to be where Oscar Wilde wrote The Importance of Being Earnest. The Highdown at Goring-by-Sea, a hotel, pub, tearoom and secret garden all rolled into one, is a popular haunt with families and couples alike.
You’ll find high street faves aplenty on Montague Street and South Street. For indies like Bijou Boutique head to Warwick Street where you’ll also find Haggle It, a shop with no prices, just the age-old art of negotiation!
The Art Deco pier was named Pier of the Year in 2019. Away from the obvious attractions of the seafront there’s Highdown Gardens, a hidden gem close to Highdown Hill in the South Downs. For quaint photo opps, head up to High Salvington Windmill or scale the Downs up to Cissbury Ring for unparalleled views from the Iron Age hillfort. You’re also not far from the Angmering Park Estates, home to some of the most glorious bluebell displays.
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Plenty of choice both in Worthing and nearby. Our Lady of Sion is an outward-looking day-school taking children from nursery all the way through to sixth form. There’s also Lancing Prep Worthing, feeding into nearby Lancing College. For girls, Brighton’s Roedean is just along the coast.
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Indie rock band The Ordinary Boys hail from Worthing. Remember when lead singer Preston went out with Chantelle from Big Brother? Of course you do.
Around 1hr 27mins from Worthing to London on the train and a season ticket’s just over £5k. It’s 59 miles in the car. But Brighton is just 10 miles away and 25 minutes on the train.
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