Places of Interest in Shoreham-By-Sea

Some of the great locations to explore when you are visiting Shoreham are listed here and with a few days you will be able to explore them all.

There are two very historic treasures in Shoreham. The Marlipins Museum in the High Street with its chequerboard front is the oldest secular building in Sussex.  It tells the story of Shoreham as a large port, it’s fishing and film industries and has some fascinating finds among its collections. The 11th Century St Mary de Haura church in the heart of town has some spectacular architecture with music and various community events held regularly where you can appreciate the building’s great acoustics. Near the church is the Shoreham Centre which hosts regular markets, collectors’ fairs and various family events. Shoreham library is opposite with a view overlooking the churchyard.

The iconic Adur Ferry Bridge for walkers and cyclists takes you from the town to Shoreham beach. The glass sides allow for sensational views of the River Adur with its numerous boats and birds such as grebes, gulls and waders. A large and quirky collection of houseboats are situated along the river side of Shoreham beach, converted from barges, tugs and even an old minesweeper, many are inhabited by local writers, artists and craftspeople. You can cycle or walk along riverside path by the side of the river Adur starting from the Ropetackle Arts Centre to the Old wooden toll bridge and special memorial. The Downs link track will take you further north into the countryside.

Shoreham Beach has a fascinating history and is where the British film industry started in the early 20th century. At the east end by the harbour entrance is Shoreham Fort built in 1857, which is open on certain days for tours and special events. The accessible beach boardwalk runs from the fort to the beach huts to the west end of Shoreham beach and in the summer months beautiful native wildflowers grow amongst the shingle either side. The beach is popular all year round for swimming and kite surfing.

The Adur Recreation Ground is a large green park close to the town centre and has regular boot sales, festivals, fairs and mini car racing. You can also try your hand at canoing, kayaking or tackle the climbing wall at the Adur Outdoor Activities Centre. There is a fun playpark for young children too. Nearby Shoreham Airport is the oldest operating airport in the UK with an art deco terminal building, which has been used as a location for several classic films. It’s a great place to sit and watch the small aircraft fly in and out with fabulous views towards Lancing College and where you also enjoy lunch or a cream tea.

On the border of Shoreham and Southwick along the coast road you’ll find the RNLI Visitor Centre a popular and interesting destination by the Shoreham Harbour entrance and next to the Victorian lighthouse at Kingston Beach.

A short walk north from the railway station is Buckingham Park a green open space for playing various sports, dog walking and great for summer picnics.

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