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10 Things to do near Upwaltham, West Sussex

The village of Upwaltham is a quaint, rural parish nestled in the South Downs in the county of West Sussex. An ideal spot for a barn wedding, Upwaltham not only offers couples and their guests a true escape from the chaos of everyday life, but the surrounding areas invite visitors to explore the unspoilt countryside and discover the rich history of this beautiful county.
With days out and activities to suit all tastes and ages, we’ve created a collection of the best things to do in and around Upwaltham, West Sussex, as tried and tested by us, our team and the wedding parties who spend their special day at Upwaltham Barns.

1. Tinwood Estate Vineyard

Distance from Upwaltham – 3.9 miles


Open all year round, visit the beautiful Tinwood Estate to enjoy a vineyard tour and wine tasting. An ever popular activity that encourages group celebrations as well as smaller tours.


2. Weald & Downland Living Museum

Distance from Upwaltham – 3.9 miles


Based just a short 10 minute drive from Upwaltham, this fascinating outdoor museum is made up of 50 historic buildings set across 40 acres, just waiting to be explored. The buildings paint a picture of rural life over a millennium and open up for demonstrations and hands-on activities like spinning, weaving and Tudor-style cooking.

3. Halnaker Windmill

Distance from Upwaltham – 4.5 miles

Take a morning stroll around Halnaker Hill and the Windmill Trail, also known as the gateway to the South Downs National Park. Beautiful in every season and a fantastic way to begin a day of sightseeing.

4. West Dean Gardens

Distance from Upwaltham – 5.1 miles


West Dean Gardens is one of the greatest restored Gardens open to the public in England. Take a gentle, restorative walk around the walled garden and across flint bridges, all the while admiring the incredible work of some of the most intuitive and experienced gardeners in the country. Pre-booking tickets online is essential.

5. Bignor Roman Villa

Distance from Upwaltham – 5.5 miles


The Bignor Roman Villa is an impeccably preserved Roman home with world-class mosaic floors and an interesting collection of paintings and objects that give clues as to who may have lived there. Bignor Roman Villa is a must-see for Upwaltham visitors.


6. Petworth House

Distance from Upwaltham – 5.8 miles


A magnificent 17th century Treasure House with parkland landscaped by the infamous Capability Brown, Petworth House boasts one of the finest art collections in the care of the National Trust, nestled in a 700-acre deer park.

7. Arundel Castle

Distance from Upwaltham – 6.1 miles


With nearly 1,000 years of history for you to discover at this magnificent castle and its glorious gardens, Arundel Castle is considered to be one of the great works of Victorian England. Boasting views over the Sussex Countryside and the river Arun, Arundel Castle is a perfect day out for children and adults alike.

8. Pallant House Gallery

Distance from Upwaltham – 7.6 miles


Pallant House Gallery is one of Britain’s most distinctive modern art museums, located in the heart of historic Chichester. Spend time exploring the charming city once you’ve explored every corner of this impressive gallery.

9. Parham House & Gardens

Distance from Upwaltham – 12.8 miles


Parham House is one of the country’s finest Elizabethan houses, and has remained largely unchanged over the centuries. The house boasts a fine collection of historic paintings, furniture, textiles and clocks, and the grounds constitute a four-acre Walled Garden, herbaceous borders, a historic greenhouse, vegetable garden, orchard, and a 1920s Wendy House.

10. Itchenor Ferry

Distance from Upwaltham – 11 miles


Catch the ferry from Bosham Hoe to Itchenor for a “two villages and a ferry walk”.

5 Best Restaurants and Pubs in West Sussex

After hours of exploring, you’ll need a guaranteed great meal or place to rest with a drink and a nice view, which is why we’ve also rounded up our favourite restaurants and pubs near Upwaltham.

1. Farmer, Butcher, Chef – Goodwood Estate

Distance from Upwaltham – 4.6 miles


An incredible foodie hotspot boasting award-winning organic produce reared on the Goodwood Estate. The restaurant and bar exude character with beautiful furnishings and an extensive collection of Goodwood memorabilia.

2. The Fox Goes Free, Charlton

Distance from Upwaltham – 3.4 miles


A beautifully kept 400 year old country pub and restaurant with a well respected reputation for home cooked food, real ales, fine wines and friendly hospitality.

3. The Parsons Table, Arundel

Distance from Upwaltham – 6 miles


This Michelin starred restaurant is run by husband and wife team Lee and Liz. Featuring continually evolving menus that make the most of the highest quality seasonal, local produce.

4. The Welldiggers Arms, Petworth

Distance from Upwaltham – 7.5 miles


A 300 year old country pub with views of the South Downs National Park, located on the outskirts of the beautiful town of Petworth. Boasting exquisite cuisine in a bright and airy dining room or the perfect cosy spot to sip a pint of local ale in the bar, The Welldiggers Arms offers the best of both.

5. Pallant House, Chichester

Distance from Upwaltham – 7.6 miles


Enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea in the grand setting of Pallant House in the centre of Chichester; ideal for wedding guests with weary dancing feet who are seeking a refined way to enjoy the local surroundings.

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To find out more about West Sussex wedding venue, Upwaltham Barns, as well as activities and accommodation in the local area, please get in touch today.

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