"Sittin' on the dock of the bay"


Goring-by-Sea is a neighbourhood of the Borough of Worthing in West Sussex, England, about 2 miles (3.2 km) west of Worthing town centre. Since 1929 Goring has been part of the Borough of Worthing.

It is thought that the place name Goring may mean either 'Gyra's people', or 'people of the wedge-shaped strip of land'. Usually known as "Goring", the "by-Sea" suffix has been added to differentiate it from the village of Goring-on-Thames in Oxfordshire.

The Catholic church, English Martyrs Catholic Church, dedicated to the English Martyrs, has a copy of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, painted by Gary Bevans. St Mary's, The Anglican parish church, was originally built c. 1100 AD as the Church of Our Blessed Ladye of Gorynge and was rebuilt in 1837 by Decimus Burton.

Goring is served by Goring-by-Sea railway station and is thought to have been the inspiration for the name of the character Lord Goring in Oscar Wilde's play An Ideal Husband.

The mixed pebble and sand beach is popular for a wide variety of watersports including kitesurfing, has a boat ramp, and is dog-friendly. There is a busy café at its western end. The 1980s punk pop singer Billy Idol (William Broad) lived there for a few years.

Pete Townshend of The Who recorded the beach sounds for the band's album Quadrophenia on Goring beach.

Local authority: West Sussex County Council

OS Grid Reference: TQ111025

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Things to see and do in and around Goring-by-Sea

  • Sussex Watersports
  • Amazon Adventure
  • Art-Ful
  • AMF Worthing
  • Play Leisure Agility Youth UK Ltd
  • Worthing Museum and Art Gallery
  • High Salvington Windmill
  • Splashpoint
  • Brooklands Go Karts Mini Moto Circuit
  • Findon Swimming Pool
  • Mewsbrooke Park
  • Norfolk Gardens Mini Golf
  • Littlehampton Museum

Tourist Information

Worthing (Chapel Road)
Tourist Information Centre
Chapel Road
West Sussex
BN11 1HL

Phone 01903 221 066
Email tic@worthing.gov.uk

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Forecast for Monday 24 April


Chance of rain 1%
Max temp. 10°C
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Wind 2mph, gusting to 4mph.
Pressure 1019
Humidity 84%
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Chance of rain 3%
Max temp. 13°C
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Wind 2mph, gusting to 3mph.
Pressure 1018
Humidity 63%
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Chance of rain 9%
Max temp. 14°C
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Wind 3mph, gusting to 4mph.
Pressure 1016
Humidity 61%
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Chance of rain 48%
Max temp. 13°C
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Wind 3mph, gusting to 6mph.
Pressure 1014
Humidity 70%
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Chance of rain 60%
Max temp. 11°C
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Wind 3mph, gusting to 6mph.
Pressure 1013
Humidity 83%
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Chance of rain 15%
Max temp. 8°C
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Wind 4mph, gusting to 7mph.
Pressure 1013
Humidity 67%
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