Pulborough – a tourist heartland
PUBLISHED: 01:18 31 March 2011 | UPDATED: 19:07 20 February 2013
Pulborough is admirably placed on the northern boundary of the South Downs National Park.
Pulborough is a large village with around 5,000 people. Its history dates back to Roman times and cricket has been played there since 1799.
The Romans put the village literally on the map. It was the most extensive Roman settlement north of the South Downs and the Roman Road Stane Street which ran from London Bridge to Chichester passed through the village.
Now trains to London take 75 minutes and about three quarters of the working population choose to commute out of the village to the capital or other places for work.
For visitors or locals with a day to spare, there are plenty of great places to go and things to do in the locality.
Bignor Roman Villa (Satnav: RH20 1PH) about 15 miles south of Pulborough is well worth a visit. One of the largest villas open to the public, it is the stunning remains of a Roman home and farm with world-class mosaic floors in a spectacular Downland setting. Outside explore the endless footpaths and stunning villages in the heart of the South Downs National Park. The site is still owned by the Tupper Family who rediscovered the villa in 1811 and this year celebrates its 200th anniversary. Guided tours available on request and group and school visits welcome by prior arrangement. For more see www.bignorromanvilla.co.uk
Parham House (Satnav: RH20 4HS) is an Elizabethan gem set in handsome gardens about three and a half miles south of Pulborough. Only three families have ever lived at the house since its foundation stone was laid in 1577. The House and Gardens reopen on Sunday, April 3rd. For more see www.parhaminsussex.co.uk
Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre (Satnav: BN18 9LT) is about six miles to the south of Pulborough. It is a 36 acre open-air site dedicated to the industrial heritage of the south-east. Aided by volunteers, the Museum contains a wide range of exhibits, from transport-based collections, such as the Southdown bus collection and the village garage, to industry-based collections, such as the Print Workshop and Wheelwrights. The Museum is also home to a number of resident craftspeople, who work to traditional methods. It reopens for the summer on Saturday, April 9th. For more see www.amberleymuseum.co.uk
Pulborough Brooks Nature Reserve (Satnav: RH20 2EL) is two miles south of the village off the A283. It is a haven for a wide range of wildlife and is great for a fantastic day out for all the family. Walks lead through hedge-lined paths to viewing areas and hides where volunteers are often on hand to help point out the wildlife. If you're new to nature, introductory events, guided walks and courses are held throughout the year. For more see www.rspb.org.uk