South Downs National Park

Explore the South Downs National Park, known for its recognizable white cliffs of the Heritage Coast

South Downs National Park

Explore the South Downs National Park with various landscapes, vibrant villages and the renowned white cliffs of the Heritage Coast on your Private Tour of England with a personal guide.

Not only rich in history but also shaped by centuries of farming. Expect abundant wildlife with both rare and internationally significant species. The National Park offers opportunities for various recreational activities and tries to conserve its fascinating cultural heritage.

Include the South Downs National Park on a private driver-guided day tour from London or experience an English sparkling wine tasting.

Rich in Natural Beauty and History

A brief history of the South Downs National Park

In the beginning
The South Downs is known for its spectacular chalk ridge and its location for some of the earliest settlements dating back over 5000 years. A must-see is Cissbury Ring which is the largest hill fort in Sussex.

The Romans
During Roman times, this area was highly regarded to construct villas for agriculturally exploiting the river valleys and downland. After the Norman conquest, the Downs were used to set up beacons to warn in case of imminent invasion from across the Channel.

World War Two
World War II seriously impacted the landscape, with the entire South Coast being fortified. Nowadays, you can still see pillboxes scattered around the area.

Highlights of the South Downs National Park

While exploring Rye, be amazed by cosy pubs, various independent shops and modern restaurants offering the best in Sussex from land and sea.

Known as the seaside resort where the Prince Regent spent most of his spare time, Brighton today offers a mixture of alternative fashion, high-end restaurants, and a special place for the LGBTQ community.

One of those places that comes straight out of a fairy tale with its charming tea shops, endearing old pubs and various antique shops. Arundel Castle houses the Regency library, which holds over 10 000 books and is decorated with Chinese lanterns and mahogany carvings.

Long Man of Wilmington
People regard the Long Man as a guardian of the South Downs with no known origin that baffles historians and archaeologists to this day. Europe’s most prominent portrayal of the human form dates back to at least 1710, when a surveyor named John Rowley first illustrated it.

Wine Country
England’s wine country occupies the length of the south with a range of options from vineyard visits and wine tastings to high-end lunches, castle and garden tours.

Touring and accommodation
Include the South Downs National Park on a private driver-guided day tour from London. Let us customise our England's South Coast itinerary to match your pace of travel and interests.

Stay overnight at the five-star South Lodge Hotel and Spa to discover the endless possibilities in the area. Amberley Castle Hotel and village is a short hop from the town and castle of Arundel. The delightful village of Amberley is wedged within the foothills of the South Downs and ideally located for touring the South Coast and England's Wine Country. Enjoy 12 acres of grounds and immerse yourself in the 900-year-old story of Amberley. 

A Tranquil Oasis

Abundant Activities and Vibrant Villages

  • Covering over 1600 square km 
  • Activities such as Paddleboarding and Fly Fishing
  • Chalk Bed Rivers
  • Wine Estates and Vineyards 
  • Villages and Market Towns

Help us make your trip exceptional

Our UK, EU and US office-based staff will listen to what you want to see and experience.

Whether you are a honeymoon couple, a family or a corporate incentive group, our team’s collective resources will be brought together to build the experience that’s right for you.

We will require your arrival and departure dates, details of your personal preferences and places that you would like to visit as well as the events you would like to experience.

We will then prepare a draft itinerary and send it to you by email for your approval. Once agreed, we will send you a Booking Confirmation with Personalised Itinerary and Information Pack via email.

Contact information

From the UK: +44(0)20 8669 3666

FREE from Canada or the USA: 1-888-472-1799