Travel behind the famous one-eighth scale miniature locomotives as they meander for nearly a mile around the beautiful country park.
Located in the heart of the South Downs national park, our Museum is dedicated to preserving the industrial heritage of the South East. With 36 acres to explore and over 40 exhibits to visit, you can discover the South’s working past.
Exhibits include a working print shop, which is the only one of its kind in the South of England. The BT Connected Earth exhibit shows the history of communications, with interactive displays for all ages to enjoy. Our lime kilns are scheduled ancient monuments, which date back to when the site was once a working chalk quarry.
Our Museum is also home to traditional crafts people such as the blacksmith. There is also a pottery on site, where our resident potters will showcase their skills on selected days. We have our own narrow gauge railway, which you can ride and explore around the site, with many different locos from steam, electric and diesel. We also have a historic bus service which takes you on a ride within our 36 acre site.
One of Sussex’s few undeveloped stretches of coastline, Pagham Harbour combines beautiful landscapes with a rich historical heritage – and a wealth of wildlife. As the sheltered inlet at the heart of the reserve fills and empties with the tide, watch ducks, geese and wading birds fly to and fro. Resident little egrets and lapwings are joined by passing migrants in spring, while summer sees breeding little terns, butterflies flitting along the hedgerows, dragonflies hovering over ponds and lizards basking in the sun.
In the glorious South Downs National Park, Pulborough Brooks has amazing views of the Arun Valley. It provides an all-year-round home for nature, with highlights including the nightingale, famed for the beauty of its song, whistling wigeons in flooded winter meadows, and pretty butterflies and dragonflies amongst the wild flowers in the sunnier months. The variety of habitats, including wetlands, woodland and heathland, bring with them a wonderful variety of species to enjoy.
From prehistoric sea creatures and ancient monuments through to smugglers and mystical fairy loaves, this NEW exhibition, visitor centre and gift shop at the start of the South Downs National Park reveals the stories behind the people who lived, worked and were inspired by the spectacular landscape around one of the UK’s most iconic lighthouses and chalk cliff coastline.
Enjoy an exciting range of hands-on science and discovery amongst the domes and telescopes of a former world famous observatory.
Our historic site is now a thriving science centre, with over 100 interactive exhibits, as well as Telescope Tours, Science Shows, Café, Gift Shop, Outdoor Discovery Park and water play areas.
Welcome to the Spa Valley Railway! We’re open every weekend until 27th October, plus selected weekdays (mainly during the school holidays – see timetable).
Tickets may be purchased online, or are available on the day of travel from our stations. We recommend you book in advance where possible, particularly on Special Events days