Culture & History

Whether it’s a natural scenery, or sights of historical significance, cultural breaks immerse you in the destination to provide something more than just a tour of the biggest attractions. Take a look below to see what South Downs has to offer.

Must See Locations

South Downs Heritage

Over 660 sites are now protected as being of national importance South Downs, from Bronze Age barrows to World War II pill boxes. Thousands of other sites are recorded and many more await discovery – from stray finds to whole unknown landscapes being discovered in the Secrets of the High Woods project.

Every view of the South Downs includes the homes, workplaces and churches built in the past and still in use today. Locally sourced materials for such places varies across the National Park, reflecting local geology and soils – from timber-framed houses in the Weald at Bignor to flint cottages at Wilmington.

The landscape of the South Downs has inspired creative people to celebrate and record it in many ways. Where else has inspired artists such as Turner, writers like Jane Austen, Rudyard Kipling and Mervyn Peake, poets of the calibre of Edward Thomas and composers from Elgar to Dobrinka Tabakova.

Large Group Accommodation

Old Thorns Hotel offers over 150 spacious hotel rooms and suites, each with elegant décor and all the amenities you’d expect from a 4-star destination. All guest rooms are non-smoking, feature wireless Internet access, with some offering spectacular views across the golf course.

Located overlooking the golf course, Old Thorns’ self-catering apartments feature 14 penthouse suites, which can sleep up to six people and 37 two-bedroom apartments, that can sleep up to four people. All benefit from floor to ceiling windows, allowing natural light to pour in with stunning views across the golf course and South Downs countryside. Take a look at our accommodation types below.

Spa Treatments

Whether you’re a regular spa user or you’re new to the idea, you’re sure to find a treatment that’s perfect for you at Old Thorns.