Category: Local

In The Area


The Sportsman Inn’s location at the foot of the South Downs, yet perched above the flood plains of the River Arun, make it a truly unique place to visit. Amberley itself, known locally as the ‘Pearl of Sussex’, is a beautiful chocolate box village, with thatched stone cottages, a friendly village store and one of the finest medieval castles in England. There are plenty of local attractions for all tastes and ages, here are just a few.

South Downs Way

Amberley is within the South Downs National Park , a stunning, unspoilt area of England with chalk downland, wild grass fields and ancient wooded valleys. There are over 2000 miles of easily accessible trails to enjoy by foot, bike or on horseback.

Amberley Wild Brooks

Amberley Wild Brooks is an 800 acre wetland Site of Special Scientific Interest in the flood plain of the River Arun. TheNature reserve is managed by the Sussex Wildlife Trust, and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). Over half of all the British species of aquatic plants can be found, as well as many rare invertebrates and breeding and wintering wildfowl. You can enjoy uninterrupted views from The Sportsman Inn, or for the more energetic there are several walks for you to try.



Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre

Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre is a 36 acre open air museum, dedicated to the industrial heritage of South East England ,and with a special interest in natural history, communications and transport. The museum is sited in a former chalk quarry which was also the setting for theJames Bond film A View to a Kill. The museum runs regular events, such as the annual beer festival, Christmas markets and vintage cat fayre.



The Goodwood estate  lies about 15 minutes West of Amberley, making The Sportsman Inn the perfect base from which to attend any of their large scale events throughout the year. These include The Goodwood Festival of Speed, Goodwood Revival and of course the Goodwood horse racing meets.


Bignor Roman Villa

The Bignor Roman Villa is located in Amberley’s neighbouring village, Bignor, and is one of the finest examples of a Roman courtyard Villa in the country. Preserved under glass, you can see mosaics and other ancient artefacts from the era. For those interested in Roman Britain there are several other Roman buildings and visitor attractions within a very short distance, including the The Roman Palace of Fishbourne, in nearby Chichester (a 15 minute drive away approx).


The medieval market town of Arundel is famed for its stunning castle and architecture. It’s a short 5 minute drive from Amberley and well worth a visit.