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For anyone who loves the concept of a classic English seaside town, Worthing could be absolutely ideal. There is a low crime, and residents have the South Downs plus attractions such as the restored Edwardian Dome Cinema and the lovely pier right on their doorstep.
No longer exclusively a retirement town, Worthing has become a hive of activity, with a strong, service-based local economy. Yet it still offers a gentler pace of life than nearby Brighton. Ambitious plans are afoot for the future regeneration of the town centre and sea front.
Property in Worthing comprises impressive Georgian and Tudor homes, alongside plenty of classic Edwardian and Victorian seaside architecture. Many newcomers head for West Worthing's period semis and terraces.
The area around the town contains the UK's greatest concentration of Stone Age flint mines. Originally a small fishing hamlet, Worthing developed into an elegant Georgian seaside resort.
The area around the museum, art gallery, library and town hall is collectively described as the town's "cultural and civic hub", and the fishmongers and candlestick makers on Montague Street near the sea front are well worth a visit - for both visitors and residents alike.
There should be enough in the way of shopping, leisure and entertainment amenities in Worthing itself to keep most people happy - there are three theatres here, for example. However, Brighton, just 20 minutes away by train, offers further entertainment options.
Trains run to London every hour (80 minutes journey time), and there are no fewer than five local train stations.
The A24 goes north to London via Horsham, and two east to west routes run through the borough: the A27 to Brighton, Chichester and Portsmouth, and the A259, which follows the coast between Hampshire and Kent.
Schools provided by West Sussex County Council include over 20 primary schools plus six secondaries and two further education colleges. Ofsted reports classed a number of them as 'good', 'very good' or 'outstanding'.
In "Sunny Worthing" you can experience the ambience that drew writers like Harold Pinter and Oscar Wilde to live and work here, and discover why the town was once home to The Worthing Workshop, a late-1960s meeting place for musicians, actors and poets.
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