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This historical 17th-century pub is located in a traditional English village of Goring-by-Sea, just a stone’s throw from one of the most popular sand and shingle beaches on the Sussex coastline. The Bulls Head offers a warm and cosy atmosphere to everyone from families to dog walkers.

With original beams and fireplaces from the 1600s, this former coaching house has an olde-worlde look that blends seamlessly into its village setting close to Worthing. You’d never guess from the pub’s warm, welcoming atmosphere that its fascinating 400-year history includes a stint as Goring’s mortuary. The legend of this era, when the cellar was used as the town’s main morgue, lives on though, with the pub said to be haunted by as many as four ghosts. Today, The Bulls Head is a community pub with bags of character and is popular with families, dog walkers and beach-goers.

Just a few thousand people call Goring-by-Sea home and this small seaside village has a friendly, laid-back vibe. Picture-postcard beach huts and beachfront cafés line the seafront, where the sloping sand-and-pebble beach is a haven for kite surfers and dog walkers. Goring-by-Sea’s claims to fame include inspiring the name of the Lord Goring character in Oscar Wilde’s play, ‘An Ideal Husband’, following the literary legend’s stay in the village during the summer of 1893.

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Just a minute’s drive from the pub lies what many call ‘Britain’s answer to the Sistine Chapel’, a remarkable work of art that draws visitors from around the globe. Painted on the ceiling of the English Martyrs Catholic Church, less than a 10-minute walk from The Bulls Head, is a reproduction of the ‘Last Judgment’, Michelangelo’s famous Sistine Chapel ceiling fresco. The only known reproduction of the artwork on the planet, the church’s masterpiece is two-thirds of the size of the original and took five-and-a-half years to complete. Parishioner Gary Bevans, inspired by a visit to the Vatican in the 1980s and with permission of the bishop, single-handedly painted the enormous work of art at night after working full shifts at his day job. The ceiling has landed the church a place in TripAdvisor’s top five must-visit landmarks in West Sussex.

A few miles from The Bulls Head is Highdown Gardens, one of Goring-by-Sea’s hidden gems. Nestled on the South Downs, overlooking the sea, these unusual chalk gardens cover more than eight acres and provide a serene and scenic setting for walking tours. Work on the historical gardens, which were carved out of a chalk pit in a pioneering move that was unique at the time, began as early as 1909. The unusual collection of trees and plants is open to the public year-round but is especially popular in spring and summer when it erupts in colour.

From The Bulls Head, it’s only a 10-minute drive to the centre of Worthing, a big seaside town that dates back thousands of years. A tiny fishing village for several centuries, Worthing became a favourite Georgian seaside resort with affluent 18th century families and was later the home of writer Harold Pinter. Today, day-trippers hit the beach and take long walks above the water on Worthing Pier. Originally constructed in 1862, the pier you see today was rebuilt 70 years later after destructive rounds of storm and fire damage. The iconic, deckchair-lined pier is now close to 1,000 feet long and more than 100 feet wide, with a quaint 1930s amusement arcade and a Grade II-listed 650-seat pavilion at the southern tip.

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