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Reviewed on 3 Aug 2020
Reviewed on 3 Feb 2020
Reviewed on 3 Aug 2020
The seaside resort town of Worthing lies along the southern coast of West Sussex, at the foot of the South Downs. While nearby Brighton is achingly hip, Worthing has retained its vintage charm. It has a long promenade facing an award-winning shingle beach and a long pier that juts out into the English Channel, on which you'll find an amusement arcade and a tearoom. A contemporary side to Worthing is starting to emerge, with trendy seafood eateries opening side-by-side with the traditional teahouses and a new crowd of weekend breakers who come to paddle board along the calm waters or sip on locally made craft beer in the sunny pub gardens. With a resurgence in British seaside holidays and easy access to London – you can be there in just 90 minutes – it looks like Worthing's ascent to popularity isn't about to slow down any time soon.
When it comes to somewhere to stay in Worthing, bed and breakfasts predominate, as they do in most British seaside resorts. When you're by the coast, there's just something so right about staying in a B&B. Maybe it's that timeless feeling that evokes nostalgic memories of childhood holidays spent on the sand with a bucket and spade, or the friendly owners that welcome you when you arrive. Perhaps it's the intimate atmosphere of a home away from home or their proximity to the sea. Whatever your taste and budget, you'll always find your perfect match when you look through the detailed listings and photographs on Expedia. Just search using price and location and book in just a few clicks. Some are traditional B&Bs housed in 19th-century terraced houses where they've been welcoming guests for decades, and that provide a comfortable place to sleep without breaking the bank. Others have been revamped in recent years, offering clean and airy seaside-inspired decor in properties just a stone's throw from the beach. You can even find the odd country house outside the town, should you be looking for a little secluded bolthole.
When you arrive, you'll be welcomed into the property by the friendly owners. As you settle in to the room you can make use of the facilities, which usually include a kettle to make hot drinks, free WiFi and ensuite bathrooms with shower units and even tubs. If you're looking for specific features, like in-room desks or views over the ocean from your guestroom window, you won't have any trouble finding them on Expedia. Some Worthng B&Bs even offer family-sized or pet-friendly guestrooms, and if you're bringing the car, you can safely leave it overnight in one of the B&B's free parking spots. One of the hallmarks of a B&B is the breakfast, and in Worthing they won't disappoint. You can often fuel up on things like cereals, toast with jam, or an English fry-up, washed down with mugs of strongly brewed tea or coffee. If you're looking to combine your beachy break with some urban exploration, you could always include a few days in London on the itinerary.
Most families who come to stay in the bed and breakfasts in Worthing during the summer make a dash for the long beach. Here, the kids can splash around in the calm, albeit chilly, ocean waters, while the adults can stake out their spot with parasols and deckchairs, or stretch out on the pebbles with a good book. If you're not a natural beach-dweller there are plenty of other options to keep you busy, like scoring tickets for one of the comedy nights or West End musicals at the Pavilion, or catching a show at the Connaught Theatre. Alternatively, you could spend an afternoon admiring the impressive collection of artwork and sculptures at the Worthing Museum and Art Gallery. If you're feeling active, you could always lace up your boots for a ramble across the South Downs, admiring the views over the glistening ocean from Beachy Head as you go.