Brighton is a British hotspot weather wise. It's been the place to go and be beside the seaside since way before the 18th century, when it was decided that sea waters were good for the health.
The town's Georgian squares and crescents remain to this day, as well as the lasting legacy of the Oriental-inspired, John Nash-designed Royal Pavilion.
Down at the long shingle beach you'll find the iconic Brighton Pier. Here, you can compare hanging over the sea on The Turbo Coaster with a gentler experience of the Volks Electric Railway, which has been running along the beachfront since 1883.
Shoppers can browse for bargains in Snoopers Paradise on the Laines, where charming narrow streets are full of independent shops, cafés and pubs.
The Cathedral city of Chichester is on the River Lavant, just off the south coast and at the bottom of the South Downs.
It's home to the Grade II listed Chichester Festival Theatre, where many top plays and shows open before transferring to London's West End.
Chichester also has impeccable sporting connections with Glorious Goodwood, a highlight of the society horse racing calendar.
If you're a petrolhead, visit Goodwood Motorsport which has top-class racing and the famous Festival of Speed. You can even try out your own skills with one of their track and off-road driving experiences.
Back in the city, you'll find some 20th century art by Marc Chagall and Graham Sutherland at the 900 year old Chichester Cathedral alongside the detailed medieval masonry of the 12th century Lazarus Reliefs.
The Roman influence can be seen at Fishbourne Roman Palace, which has a huge collection of mosaics and one of the earliest "formal" gardens in Britain.
Or sunbathing and swimming, visit the award-winning West Witterings Beach which is at the entrance to the harbour.
The evocative green landscape of the South Downs has long inspired novelists and poets.
Now a national park stretching across 1,600km2, artists such as William Blake, T.S Elliot and Virginia Woolf all drew inspiration from the rolling hills, chalk cliffs, ancient woodland and river valleys.
Against this quintessentially English backdrop are some of the oldest trees in Britain, including the Yews in Kingly Vale.
On the wildlife front, you can see native amphibians and reptiles in their natural habitat at the Arundel Wetland Centre by taking a guided boat safari through the reeds.
Or if you want a taste of English folklore, time your visit with the eerie Lewes Bonfire Celebrations, including the Martyrs Crosses procession, which takes place in early November.