Day 1. Worthing and Brighton – a weekend break

Another weekend at the seaside but this time on England’s south coast visiting Worthing and Brighton in Sussex.  My day began with a short train ride into Leeds followed by a longer journey into London King’s Cross Station.  From there, I took the underground across to Victoria Station for the last leg of my journey down to Worthing.  On my way along to the platform free sandwiches were being handed out from one of the stalls who were launching a new filling, so I gratefully accepted one and then ate it on the train.

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London Victoria Station

Although I frequently take trains down to the south coast, it was the first time I’d been on this line any further than Gatwick Airport so I had my eyes peeled to the windows looking out for anything interesting.  As it happened, there was little of note for me to see until near the end of my journey when the train reached Hove and from there onwards I was treated to a few glimpses of the English Channel.

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Worthing Assembly Hall

On exiting Worthing station, I realised that the town centre and seafront were about a mile away so I checked Google maps and set off pulling my case hopefully in the right direction.  The town is pancake flat so I was able to make good progress and before long was on the high street which still retains some of its historic buildings.  The first one I came across was the Assembly Hall, now a concert venue with a claim to fame of having the largest Wurlitzer organ console in Europe.

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Worthing Museum and Art Gallery

A few steps down the road brought me to the Worthing Museum & Art Gallery and with a sign indicating free admission, I couldn’t resist taking a look inside.  One of the helpful girls at the information desk offered to look after my case so I picked up a leaflet and started my self guided tour.

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Costumes on display at Worthing Museum

This stunning Edwardian building has a permanent display of internationally renowned costumes which I found interesting with some garments similar to those that I’d viewed at the Fashion Museum in Bath.  There are also galleries dedicated to archaeology, toys and fine and decorative arts.

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The Premier Inn, Worthing

Returning outdoors it didn’t take me long to reach the seafront but I could hardly believe how windy it had become and at times I could barely stand on my feet.  I’d booked a room at the Premier Inn which was much further along the seafront than I’d anticipated but eventually I found it.  The hotel is quite new and my sea view room had views across the shingle beach into which large waves were crashing

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Worthing Pier

After having a short rest I decided to brave the strong winds once again and take a walk along the seafront towards the pier.  Visiting Worthing Pier is free of charge and is accessed via curved paths on either side of the Pavilion Theatre.  My visit was very topical as a few days later Worthing Pier was voted pier of the year for 2019 beating 55 other piers to the title.

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Worthing Pier looking towards the Pavilion Theatre

The pier was first constructed in 1862 at a length of 960ft (291 metres) but was slightly modified 26 years later.  There were few people about probably due to the inclement weather but I did spot two men fishing and also a middle aged couple near the amusement arcade in the middle section.  At the sea end I came to the Southern Pavilion and peering through the windows noticed that it had an attractive art-deco cafe.

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Art on the Pier exhibition, Worthing Pier

I returned to the promenade along the pier’s western edge taking in the views towards the hotel.  Along the windbreak running down the centre of the pier was an eye catching art installation called ‘Art on the Pier’.  The perspex windows displaying work by local artists and talented school children.

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The Royal Arcade, Worthing

Continuing into town, I glanced in some of the shops and the impressive Royal Arcade which was built in 1925 and restored to its former glory 20 years ago.  Some British seaside towns have gone into a state of decline in recent years but gladly Worthing has retained much of its Victorian elegance and continues to flourish.

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Worthing seafront with its shingle beach

It was 9.00 p.m. when my son arrived into Worthing and as it was so cold we decided to go for a curry and finalise our plans for the weekend.

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29 thoughts on “Day 1. Worthing and Brighton – a weekend break

  1. Welcome to Sussex. I’m one of those that lives south of Gatwick. On your way down to the coast, you will have gone over a really impressive viaduct which is well worth looking up: Ouse Viaduct which, according to Wikipedia, has been been described as one of the most elegant in Britain. It’s just a shame that you don’t get to see it from the train! xx

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  3. I was disappointed to learn some of the English seaside towns are not being kept up. What is the reason for that? Are the English travelling abroad for their holidays more than in the past? Those towns are heritage! You found a free sandwich and free entries. That is really something in this day and age. You have to pay for everything in our modern world so you lucked out this trip.

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    1. Thank you for your interesting observations on my day at the seaside in Worthing. Since the emergence of cheap, package holidays with guaranteed sunshine people have preferred to take their holidays in Barcelona instead of Blackpool and further afield to resorts such as Phuket rather than Prestatyn in Wales. The fortunes of British seaside resorts changed with most visitors now taking shorter breaks or day trips. Hopefully, nostalgia for the traditional British seaside holiday and smart yet affordable new accommodation will see more people returning, but of course it is also very weather dependent.

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    1. I think it was the strong winds causing people to stay indoors as the town is of a reasonable size with several hotels but it was mid April, just before Easter so the holiday season hadn’t really got underway. Thanks for your much appreciated thoughts.

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  4. It’s so strange to see my local town looking so pleasant in someone else’s blog post! I’ve lived here my whole life and I’ve never thought much of it for a town as there’s really not loads to do and it’s getting quite run down – but these pictures definitely highlight its gems and shows you the architecture a lot of people tend to overlook!
    I hope you enjoyed your time in Worthing 🙂

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  5. Sheree

    I had relatives who lived down that way whom we would visit over one of the English bank holidays where the weather was usually disappointing and looking at these photographs brought back fond memories of that time. Enjoy the rest of your trip.

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  6. My family are all based in W Sussex and it’s an area I know quite well. For a variety of reasons, Worthing has not had a particularly exciting reputation and I would never think of spending any time there. However, your blog has really opened my eyes to another side of Worthing so, I think, I will go and visit some of the places you have mentioned.
    On the other hand, I love Brighton and Hove and have blogged about it myself. I’m looking forward to future posts from you about the city!

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    1. Thank you for your welcome thoughts June. Sometimes when we live or are from a place we tend to take it for granted and don’t always see it as a visitor might. We genuinely enjoyed our stay and even spent an evening at the local theatre which you might like to read about on the third post of this short series. Marion.

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