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Our East Sussex Collections: • • • • The countryside rolls greenly, and the views are expansive - up to the medieval hamlets, ancient churches and the beautiful, varied coastline. You can see why East Sussex is a major destination for Londoners escaping to the coast.
Colourful , genteel Eastbourne and historic are the county’s seaside headliners, but they’re just a few of the best places to stay in East Sussex.
Battle and don’t have the sea views, but there are plenty of beautiful sights to see, and then there’s the coastal walking and the South Downs Way to be getting on with.
Beachy Head, the Seven Sisters and Ashdown Forest are also within the borders of East Sussex. As is the Bluebell Railway, Great Dixter Gardens, , Lewes, Leeds Castle and Bodiam Castle. So you’ll probably need to consult a map when you’re choosing where to book, to make sure you’re closest to the attractions you’re most interested in - or else select two or three of the best places to stay in East Sussex and travel around this pretty countryside.
What not to Miss • Buzzy is packed with independent shops, cafes, bars and restaurants, it’s got a traditional old pier, a pebbly seafront, the beautiful Royal Pavilion, an aquarium and plenty going on. Plus the new addition: the i360 Tower, a moving lookout pod brought to you by the people behind the London Eye. • offers nostalgic charm and the coast. Best known for the battle in 1066, this fashionable Victorian holiday hotspot has reinvented itself as an arty destination for seaside weekenders.
Hastings’ now ruined castle, which you reach via funicular, was built by William the Conqueror, and there's an excellent exhibition in the grounds which will supply you with plenty of information and begin to tell you the story of 1066.
The opening of the Jerwood Gallery, home of contemporary British art, has hipped the town up. • You’ll find out more about 1066 in nearby Battle, the highlight of which is definitely Battle Abbey.
• On the edge of charming , fringed by dunes, is the long, white sweep of Camber Beach, and the landscape just welcomes strolling, cycling and picnicking. Rye has some great restaurants and cafes, and there are some interesting historical secrets to uncover. • And Eastbourne is close to Beachy Head, Pevensey Castle and the South Downs National Park. All of these centres have great options when it comes to choosing the best places to stay in East Sussex, but our Gurus have also come up with some remote country house hotels, perfect for a rural escape if you need one.
For a Beach Break • is a glorious Victorian hotel right on the Brighton’s front. There are 200-odd elegant rooms and suites over seven floors - some with amazing views. Everything is luxurious, from the spa to the piano bar to the afternoon tea. • The in St. Leonards on Sea, is a stylish, modern refuge right on the seafront. There are just eight rooms, impeccably, and individually, decorated in whites and nudes - some with double spa baths. Plus you'll find a great seafood restaurant and complimentary champagne with your breakfast!
• in Eastbourne is a contender if your idea of a weekend getaway includes time spent in a luxurious spa. There are also indoor and outdoor pools, an award-winning restaurant, a putting green and a children’s playroom. Pets are welcome too. The Victorian stucco exterior and five stars help make for a memorable stay.
• Ticking, stripes, white painted floorboards and driftwood tones are very much in evidence at the New England-style at Camber Beach. The Beach Bistro and the Beach Cafe will keep you well fed while you enjoy the American retro touches and glorious beach.
Rural Escape • The in Fletching is a very popular village gastropub with 12 comfortable rooms offering expansive views over the peaceful Ouse Valley. Rooms start from just £90 and are very family friendly. • is an antique-filled country house B&B which has been in the same family since 1495. Just outside the village of Rushlake Green, if you stay in one of the eight rooms you’re offered an excellent dinner, cooking classes, and pheasant shooting in season.
• is a country house hotel with excellent facilities for the whole family. The hotel has direct access to Ashdown Forest, with acres of parkland, plus a golf course, tennis courts, an award-winning restaurant with forest views and a beautiful spa. Most Romantic • is a Palladian mansion turned 44 room country house hotel close to Uckfield, Wakehurst Place and Hever Castle. The modern, British restaurant has 2 AA Rosettes, and offers cookery classes, and the hotel is set amidst three hundred acres of stunning grounds, which includes three lakes, a deer park and a walled garden.
• For under a hundred pounds a night you and your loved one can stay at , a listed manor house set amongst charming gardens. There are just three bedrooms, decorated with some beautiful antiques, plus an outdoor pool. Well located for Glyndebourne, there’s also a heated pool and tennis courts. Brighton Chic • Probably the best-known hotel in Brighton on our list is .
Occupying a great position overlooking the pier this boutique property has a 24 hour bar, decent restaurant and freestanding baths in some rooms. Well designed rooms with huge beds. • Brighton’s original boutique hotel, , in Kemp Town, has individually designed rooms including the Snowstorm, which houses a collection of snow globes. Home made biscuits on arrival are a popular touch. • The feng shui aware is a decked out with karmic artwork and futuristic furniture and has an informal deli which serves richly delicious ice cream as well as a pleasant restaurant.
• The in Brighton is as dependable here as its sister establishments all over the UK. There is a wine bar and brasserie and the loft suites have telescopes. Fantastic Inns • is an historic inn in the centre of Rye, dating back to the 13th century.
There are 31 rooms, oozing with charm and original features: think carved four-poster beds, sloping, beamed ceilings and a vast fireplace in the bar. The restaurant has 2 AA Rosettes. • is historic, but very newly refurbished, so now you can expect all the modern, stylish trims inside a charming Georgian building. Each room is individual, and the atmosphere is relaxed. • Close to the South Downs, Wakehurst Place, and Gatwick Airport, the has been converted from a farmhouse, and has six spacious, quirky rooms.
The dining has an AA Rosette award and a full English breakfast is included in the room rate. • in Rye, is a laid back pub with a Michelin recommendation and ten simple rooms.
It’s a traditional pub with all the best kind of details: exposed beams, wooden floors and solid, but weathered, furniture. Rooms start from £110 per night including fabulous breakfast. Perfect Mini-Break • If you’re looking for a lively mini-break, Brighton is always a good choice, and the , is an arty, centrally located place to stay with great views and a cool cocktail bar. The 23 rooms and suites have been individually decorated and you’re close to the beach and everything else in Brighton.
• occupies a fabulous Victorian building in Hastings, once home to the local newspaper, and it's been decked out very stylishly by the owners. There are only two rooms, but both of them are packed with detail and original-features-loveliness.
Rooms start from just £100 per night. • occupies an even older building in the heart of medieval Hastings - built in the 15th Century, this was originally the local bakery. Part timbered, this four room B&B has been tastefully decorated to make the most of the wonderful original features - including an old pulley used to move bags of flour.
Best B&Bs • The has been converted from a Grade II listed windmill. Importantly, only two of the ten rooms are in the windmill itself, and these are the ones to book. You’re right next to the river and within a short walking distance of Rye. The decor is simple and the breakfasts generous. • is a quirky, old fashioned and slightly theatrical B&B in the centre of characterful Rye. The 11 bedrooms and public spaces have some great antiques, including beautiful four-poster beds, and they do a truly epic breakfast.
• is a great choice for walkers and history buffs. The eight elegant rooms are in an 18th century building, complete with sitting rooms and beautiful gardens. The fresh cooked breakfasts include locally caught fish. • in Brighton is a B&B with 19 rooms all named after rivers. Excellent breakfasts and a bar where you can plan or reflect on dinner. • The in one of the most popular parts of Brighton is another B&B where you can also have afternoon tea and there is an honesty bar.
• is right on the promenade in Hastings, a Victorian stucco charmer on the outside, turned funky B&B on the inside. Great Value • A romantic option for under a hundred pounds a night is , a gorgeous little B&B in picturesque Burwash in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
There are just three elegant bedrooms, decorated with plenty of character, plus a fantastic breakfast. You’re well positioned for National Trust properties, local market towns and beautiful scenery.
• is a picture perfect 18th century Georgian charmer in a beautiful walled garden. The three bright bedrooms make the most of the views and there are delicious breakfasts with home-made bread and marmalade each morning. And all starting from around £100 per night. For a holiday cottage or apartment • If you think that self catering is a better option for you, then check out the wide range with our online partner .
Travel Information • is your closest airport, but is quite convenient as well. Brighton has its own , which is connected to other UK destinations. • You can also arrive in East Sussex by sea, docking at Newhaven - the ferries here cross from Dieppe, France. • The county is also easily accessible by train from elsewhere in the UK. • If you want to hire a car - which we highly recommend if you’re staying in East Sussex, there's a lot to see - we suggest you visit our online partner, .
• This is the UK, so expect changeable weather whatever the season. East Sussex is popular in summer, of course, but it’s also beautiful in spring and autumn - if you don’t mind a chill and a bit of a shower or two.
Winter is wonderful if you like things to be ‘bracing’. Still not sure which to book? • Browse our list of the best places to stay in East Sussex, • refine your search to the , • or the , • or consider ?
• or one of our friendly Gurus for advice.
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Map of East Sussex Towns • 50.92 0.48 – site of the famous battle of Hastings in 1066. • 50.842941 -0.131312 – East Sussex's hub and only real city is a famous English seaside resort (not in East Sussex as Brighton and Hove is its own municipality) • 50.85 0.47 – home of the art deco De la Warr Pavilion and the home of British Motor Racing • 51.06 0.16 – a hilltop town in the beautiful Ashdown Forest and home of author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle • 50.77 0.28 – a popular seaside resort, popular with all generations • 50.86 0.26 – thriving market town and location of one of the few remaining cattle markets in Sussex • 50.856302 0.572875 – it has a castle, history, beach and beautiful countryside • 50.97 0.26 – a thriving country market town • 50.875627 0.017855 – the county town with a brewery, castle and shops, some dating back to the 1400s, in the , perfect for a brief visit • 50.8 0.06 – the county's ferry port to the continent - but with a little more under its belt • 50.99 0.47 – an interesting village on the main railway line to London from Hastings, close to Bodiam Castle • 50.95 0.73 – a singularly picturesque medieval seaside town on the hill overlooking the harbour.
One of the Cinque Ports which retains a rustic feel • 50.77 0.1 – a charming, quiet seaside town with stunning cliffs exactly halfway between Eastbourne and Brighton • 50.97 0.1 – between the High Weald and the Low Weald, a small town with a sprinkling of history Villages • 51.102 0.111 – this beautiful Ashdown village has a famous resident - Pooh bear • 51.02 0.26 – picturesque village, originally built on iron Hastings rooftops • 51.0725 0.043056 – for walking, wildlife, and Winnie The Pooh - an area of heathland and forest once used for hunting by the nobles; • – 11 mi (18 km) of mostly traffic-free path for walkers and cyclists between Heathfield and Polegate along a disused railway line, with a 3-mile link path to Eastbourne.
• 50.764 0.147 – famed for its meanders. • The It is also possible to cycle from Tunbridge Wells to East Grinstead (and Crawley) along , which passes through .
The two paths link up on an on road link; see and for more information. Geology The Rocks that underlay most of East Sussex are Jurassic to Cretaceous in age (150 million years ago to 65); around 2 million years ago the Wealden Anticline was formed, due to the continental collision of Africa with Europe. The dome extends from the coast to the North Downs, in and and across the channel to ; Sussex has played an important role in Geology, the first dinosaur was identified (others had been found, but not identified) in Cuckfield, in West Sussex, one of the greatest hoaxes of modern times, the Piltdown Man was 'discovered' in Piltdown near and the cliffs that line the coast are noted for their specimens of Ammonites, fishes and other marine animals, (the cliffs at Peacehaven, near are famous for their giant ammonites).
Dinosaur footprints can be seen at Fairlight, East of Hastings. For those interested in Minerals small deposits of Aluminate are present in the Tertiary sands of History In prehistoric times, the whole of Sussex was populated by tribesmen, some of whom settled on the tops of the downs.
Sites can still be seen at Firle Beacon, Mount Caburn and other sites. From the invasion in AD46 Sussex played a major role in Roman Britain. The Romans left Pevensey Castle and various Roman Roads as a reminder of their presence. In West Sussex Fishbourne Roman Villa remains a prime example of Roman houses in this part of the world.
From the 5th–11th centuries, Sussex became the Kingdom of Sussex, controlled by a succession of monarchs. Lewes Castle, Lewes It was in East Sussex where the Normans landed in 1066 at Pevensey, where they fought Harold's army at a field near which can be visited to this day. Battle Abbey was built by the Normans after the battle. Most of the county churches had their first stones laid at this time. During the Middle Ages, a great number of Castles were built or improved on— Bodiam Castle and Lewes Castle are prime examples.
Most the churches in Sussex date from this time and offer brilliant examples of Middle Ages architecture. Under the Tudors, Sussex prospered. Anne of Cleves House in Lewes is perfectly preserved with many examples of Tudor architecture. Hever Castle just over the border in was frequented by Henry the Eighth himself. To ward against the Spanish, during Elizabeth's reign beacons were set up to warn of invasions, these live on as names, such as Ditchling Beacon and Crowborough Beacon.
On Ashdown forest Iron working prospered, it is remembered today in the form of deep pools, once used to power the billows for the furnaces. The Flamboyant Royal Pavilion, Brighton In the 17th and 18th centuries, was transformed from a small fishing village to seaside resort, with the Royal Pavilion being a stunning example of the eccentricity of the King and his subjects. Elsewhere in the country, towns grew and great houses began to be built in and .
In the late 18th and 19th centuries, Sussex's coast became popular with Londoners escaping the city on the new railways. Brighton continued to grow with the expansion towns like Eastbourne and Hastings, which offer fine examples of period architecture. The Volks Electric Railway was constructed—the first electric railway in the world. Some great houses, such as Firle House and Glyndebourne were constructed (Glyndebourne is a popular and world famous opera venue).
Great Gardens were set up, like Sheffield Park near . The Royal Military Canal Sussex was not just a place for pleasure; it was a place for defence. Some of the most important military constructions include the Newhaven Fort and the Royal Military Canal in the east, with Martello towers built along the coast.
These monuments remain in Seaford, and . In the 20th century, Sussex played a major role in World Wars I and II; in both Newhaven Fort assisted with the D-day landings and as a naval base. Geography Sussex has a varied and beautiful geography. From the stunning Seven Sisters Chalk Cliffs near to the flat marshes of Pevenensy and the high Ground of to the beautiful lowlands and river landscapes of the Lower Weald. Sussex is the most Forested county in England and lost in Friston Forest or Ashdown Forest (although much of it is open land) it is easy to believe.
often the only thing breaking the horizon is trees or the Downs. The country has a dense and varied network of footpaths (see ) making walking easy, walking books and ordnance survey maps are easily available - there's really no excuse to go out walking! English - dialect is Home Counties. Speakers of other languages may have trouble being understood, but locals are often willing to be patient and multilingual dictionaries are available at book stores.
Tourist information offices hold multilingual information. Speakers of English from other countries (e.g. Canadians, Australians and Americans) should have no trouble at all understanding.
The Seven Sisters Ferry, leaving Newhaven After a checkered history ferries to Newhaven run to Dieppe (run by Transmanche Ferries) throughout the year, taking 5 and 4 hours.
would be your first port of call. Phone 0800 917 1201 (UK) or 0800 650 100 (France). Alternatively, tickets can be bought at the two ports, the ferry port in Newhaven is on the East Quay, while in Dieppe it is the east of the main harbour, both are well signposted The ferries to are some of the newest sailing in the English Channel, and due to the former troubled history of the route (and massive subsidies) this can be cheaper than Dover to Calais, also the view from the ferries of the Seven Sisters and is beautiful.
By car The A22, A/M23, A24, A26, A27, A272 and numerous other roads go into Sussex, destinations within Sussex include, Brighton, Lewes, Newhaven, Eastbourne. Coming from the north East Sussex is connected to the motorway network via the A/M23, which passes Crawley (in West Sussex) and south towards Brighton; from the A23 the A272 and the A27 - both offering great access to East Sussex; alternatively the A22 runs from London to just outside Eastbourne, passing by East Grinstead, Forest Row, Uckfield, Hailsham and Polegate.
It offers a great route through the countryside and Ashdown Forest. Coming from the west The A272, A27 and A264 head towards East Sussex. Simply follow the signs to any town in East Sussex. Coming from the east Head towards Brighton, Newhaven or Eastbourne - these will bring you into East Sussex. By train There are services from London, Hampshire, Surrey and Kent; main terminus's and destinations are: From London • From London Victoria Trains come from Victoria to , , , , and .
• From London Bridge Trains come from London Bridge to Brighton, Buxted, and . • From St Pancras International (Blackfriars and CityThameslink are on the same line) Trains come from St Pancras to , Brighton and . From the west • From Portsmouth Trains come from Portsmouth Harbour and Portsmouth & Southsea stations to Brighton and Hove. • From Southampton Trains come from Southampton Central to Brighton and Hove. From the east • From Ashford Trains come from Ashford International to Hastings, , Eastbourne and Brighton.
From the north • From Bedford Trains come from Bedford to Haywards Heath and Brighton, via St Pancras, London Blackfriars and Gatwick Airport. • From Reading Trains come from Reading to Gatwick Airport, where you can change for trains to Brighton, Eastbourne, Hastings and other destinations.
From the Continent Trains come from France and Europe through and via the train system. You will have to change trains at either St Pancras or Ashford to get into East Sussex. All the major towns in East Sussex have a rail connection, for further information and train times can be found on the or by calling 0845-748-4950 from anywhere in the UK (costs quite a bit, so if you have got a WAP enabled phone it may be better to use services provided on them.) By plane ( ), serves the world, it is just outside East Sussex, but you’ll see the county on the way in!
There is also the smaller Lydd Airport running to in ; it is a small airport, however major expansion is expected. Lydd Airport is in Kent, but about 10 km from East Sussex. To the west there is Shoreham Airport (or Brighton city) which deals with mainly UK destinations. Lewes Station and Southern trains The county has a fairly good road network, with almost every destination attainable by road; traffic is a problem though, with most towns having inevitable weekday traffic.
Travelling into popular destinations on a sunny Bank Holiday can prove frustrating. Brighton is the main transport hub, with the M23/A23 running North-South from London and the Brighton Mainline running parallel to it. The majority of trunk (A) roads radiate southwards from London to the East Sussex coast and can vary from dual-carriageway/motorway (M23/A23) to the more common single carriageway roads with the A22 (London to Eastbourne, via East Grinstead and Uckfield) and A21 (London to Hastings, via Flimwell and Tonbridge) though these do alternate between single and dual-carriageways where use is heavier.
The majority of east-west traffic uses the A27 which runs slightly inland from Pevensey in the East past Eastbourne, Lewes, Brighton and Hove and into West Sussex travelling through Worthing, Arundel and around Chichester before forming the M27 in Hampshire. Other commonly used routes include the A26, A259 and A272.
The A26 runs NE from Newhaven towards the Kent county-town of Maidstone and north of Lewes is used by the frequent Brighton-Tunbridge Wells bus service. The A259 runs along the coast of East Sussex in its entirety as the road starts in Folkestone (Kent) and crosses the Romney Marshes before entering the county and linking almost all seaside towns from Rye and Hastings in the east to Brighton and Hove in the west.
The A272 is a popular route with bikers and starts in East Sussex connecting Buxted, Uckfield, Newick and Chailey before crossing into West Sussex and Haywards Heath where it continues to meander on to Winchester, Hampshire. Many of the smaller roads can offer scenic views and investing in a good quality road-map is recommended. You can expect a range of roads from those described above to single-carriageways and narrower with some locations accessible by single-track roads.
Road users can also be varied as cyclists often train on the London-to-Brighton bike route (the event is in early June every year) and horse-riders and farm equipment can often be found on more rural roads. Trains from London cover the major towns in the county, with most train services being operated by Southern.
There are routes along the coast from Ashford via Hastings and Eastbourne to Brighton as well as from Brighton to Seaford via Newhaven. Services from Brighton also travel west towards Portsmouth and Chichester. There are two smaller spurs routing into London from Uckfield, via Crowborough and Oxted. Or from East Grinstead. There is another line from Hastings via Battle and Tunbridge Wells (Kent) to London. Services from the county tend to terminate in Victoria but there are also services that route through London Bridge (from Brighton and Hastings), terminate at Charing Cross (from Hastings) and call at St Pancras (from Brighton, before continuing to Bedford).
The vast majority of services terminate in South London (Westminster) with the exception of the First Capital Connect service operating from Brighton through London Bridge, Blackfriars, City Thameslink and St Pancras before continuing to Luton and Bedford. Buses are fairly good; with Buses from Brighton to Tunbridge Wells (£6.00 return), Eastbourne to East Grinstead and Heathfield in the North, Brighton and Newhaven in the West and Bexhill and Hastings in the East, as well as local routes.
gives more route details and routes into the surrounding counties. Essentially if there is a main road, the chances are there is a bus route along it. Most of the services in the county are provided by one of the main bus operators (Stagecoach or Arriva) with services in Brighton & Hove operated by a company of the same name (although part of Go-Ahead).
Services cater for most major towns radiating into the countryside. Brighton & Hove, for example, has services covering nearby Peacehaven, Newhaven and Lewes with some services extending to Ringmer, Tunbridge Wells and Eastbourne. Everywhere is accessible by roads, but be aware that traffic is fairly horrific in most of the towns and Brighton during the rush hours it is well worth buying either a county map or a country map (the AA and RAC among others produce decent enough maps, which are fairly modern).
since roads in Sussex can be small and attractions in 'out of the way' places • Beachy Head near • The Long Man of Wilmington, ( near Eastbourne), . Car park is open all year, 24 hours a day. A prehistoric (maybe) chalk representation of a man carved into the side of a hill. Admission to the site and car park is free. Walking on the figure or the surrounding vegetation is not permitted. • Great Dixter - house and gardens known mainly for the long-lasting display of colour for much of the year • Ditchling - a picturesque village north of Brighton famed for the number of artists living nearby • Alfriston - another small village on the South Downs way • Cuckmere Haven, Friston Forest and the Living World - a popular destination for walkers which is accessible by bus from either Eastbourne or Brighton (see the number 12 route, served by ) • Seven Sisters - Chalk cliffs which can be seen by walkers going from Cuckmere Haven to Seaford.
Routes across the cliffs towards Beachy Head and Eastbourne are also popular with walkers. • Devil's Dyke - a popular location with walkers offering views north over East and West Sussex. And it has a pub. • Ditchling Beacon - views over East and West Sussex to the north and Brighton & Hove to the south. Walkers can continue along the downs in either direction. Walkers should be aware of the road over the beacon which is popular with cyclists and normal traffic.
Drivers thinking of travelling between Ditchling and the Beacon should be aware of the width restrictions (6'6") and speed limit. Expect slow moving traffic and, in the summer-time buses operating from Brighton (number 79).
Caution is advised when using this road. • Glyndebourne, Well-known opera house • Middle Farm - working farm with kid's farm and farm shop • Michelham Priory - former monastery and gardens • . Former fort and Martello Tower dating from the Napoleonic era which is now a museum. • Hastings Castle • St Leonards Caves - former haunt for smugglers which is now a popular tourist attraction On the Forest Way Walking or cycling either in part or the whole thing.
• The , from to . • The , from to Groombridge (with an on-road route to ). • The , from to (Hampshire). • has more information and different paths.
Long distance trails These either pass wholly or partly through East Sussex; all are marked on Ordnance Survey (OS) maps. • , 50 km to • , running 145 km from to (, East Sussex, ) • , , — 261 km • • , 256 km from to • , 67.5 km to • , 107 km from in south to • , 129 km from , to Shorter walks • Abbots Wood near has two walks, the Abbots Amble, 2.5 km following yellow waymarks and Oak Walk, just over 1 km following red waymarks.
• Beaneys Lane 'A Walk For All Seasons' 1.5 km on the outskirts of through the Maplehurst Woods (Site of Special Scientific Interest), following wren marker posts between The Ridge and Stonestile Lane; mostly flat and good surface, one incline near The Ridge.
• Butcher's Trudge, a 2 km circular walk from Butchershole near the town of in following white waymarks. • Ditchling Common Country Park Trail, located between and , 1.5 km long following purple waymarking.
• circular walks incorporating parts of the Forest Way — 5 km following orange waymarks from , 4.5 km following green waymarks and 6 km following red waymarks from , and 8 km following purple waymarks from • has lots of different walks. • Marline Valley Nature Reserve on the outskirts of has various walks, but note they are steep and often muddy.
No car park, access is from the B2092 Road (Queensway), car drivers are asked to park in one of the roads opposite the site and cross over Queensway (the road is quite busy). A pdf map of the site is available here • Park Wood in Hellingly (to the north of ) has a number of signed circular walks. • Seven Sisters Country Park has an easy to follow path from its Visitor Centre at Exceat (on the A259 road from to ), which goes alongside the River Cuckmere to the sea at .
Homes and gardens • ( Northiam). The spectacular planting here includes topiary, exotics and some stunning colour. • ( Upper Dicker, near Hailsham).
Features a sculpture trail, kitchen garden, medieval cloister garden and the longest medieval moat in England. • (near ) Originally laid out by Capability Brown, these magnificent gardens surround four elegant lakes. Historic attractions The Imposing fortress of Bodiam Castle East Sussex has had a rich and varied history, from the site of an invasion to measures to protect against one - its all here: • ( ).
1066 must be one of the most familiar dates in English history. Visit the place where it all happened. • ( ). A 16th-century half-timbered house that formed part of Henry VIII’s divorce settlement to Anne of Cleves. • . Underground tunnels and interactive exhibits bring the events of wartime Britain to life.
• , Bodiam, near , TN32 5UA, ☎ , e-mail: . One of Britain’s most famous castles, built in 1385. Some of the interior survives. • ( near Hailsham). A romantic moated castle surrounded by parkland. It boasts an Elizabethan walled garden and a reputation for ghost sightings. • ( Pevensey, near ). Dating back to Roman times, this ancient monument played an important part in English history. Family attractions Drusilla's Park is noted for its cute residents - not what you might expect in deepest Sussex!
East Sussex has many family attractions for all ages and interests • ( ). This labyrinth of caves is a scary smuggler’s lair. • (near Alfriston) A zoo, an adventure park and a fun day out for the family. in the summer months there is a mini railway • () Discover dinosaurs, exotic plants and some fascinating Sussex history.
• . Herstmonceux. Science comes alive at the former Greenwich Observatory. • For budding Palaeontologists or anyone interested in the deep past the cliffs and exposed rocks of East sussex provide perfect hunting grounds, among the best are , and have more information and recommendation's for sites, please be aware that as with any activity safety must come first!
Literary attractions Batemans on a cold winter's morning Whether it was the beautiful Sussex Countryside or their travels, writers have been drawn to East Sussex; their houses are popular tourist attractions. • , . The former home of Leonard and Virginia Woolf, some of their personal possessions are on display. Owned by the National Trust. • , Bateman's Lane, , TN19 7DS, ☎ , e-mail: .
Rudyard Kipling’s former home, the house and gardens remain as they were when he was alive. In the summer concerts and fireworks fill the gardens; the home is owned by the National Trust.
• , West Street, , TN31 7ES, ☎ , e-mail: . Henry James, EF Benson and Rumer Godden have all lived in this charming 18th century house. The home is owned by the National Trust. • , Winnie the Pooh lovers will find both Pooh Corner and the Pooh Sticks bridge in this country parish in . Scenic towns and villages Rye on a rainy afternoon The beautiful countryside of East Sussex is mathced by some charming towns.
• , narrow streets and quaint cottages, this is everything an English village should be. St Andrew’s Church and the Clergy House are popular attractions, as are the numerous cafes serving traditional cream teas.
• , delightful hillside town. Visitor attractions include antique shops, many historic buildings, and an audio ‘ghost tour’. • , cobbled lanes, antique emporiums and a castle are just a few of the attractions of this pretty Sussex town. • , perched on a hilltop near Rye is the smallest town in England Sporting attractions The Beautiful Seven Sisters, near • ( near Lamberhurst). From exciting watersports to leisurely ferry rides, there’s something for everyone at this scenic reservoir.
• ( near Hailsham). Home to a state of the art dry ski slope and an adventure park that the whole family will enjoy. • (near Eastbourne). Get close to the action and experience the excitement of hotrod or stockcar racing.
• Various Footpaths, East Sussex is criss-crossed by footpaths such as the and cyclepaths; including the and . for more information see .
Farms and other animal attractions • Blue Reef Aquarium () - A voyage of discovery to the depths of the ocean. • (near Nutley and ) - See llamas and alpacas and find out more about these friendly South American animals.
There is also a small tourism centre. • (near Dane Hill and Chailey) - Discover 170 years of farming history in the beautiful Sussex Weald. It also has a campsite.
• (East Dean) - Rare breeds and traditional crafts and are just a couple of the attractions on offer. • (near ) - A working family farm with shops, restaurant and special events. • (near ) - A fun day out for children with a maize maze and haystack playground. • (near ) - A fun day out for children with small animal zoo, indoor and outdoor play areas, train, keeper for the day and parties. Seaside resorts Brighton Pier - Eastbourne, Hastings and St Leonard's have piers too 'Sussex by the Sea': the whole coast of Sussex is suitable for bathing with good water quality; however these three resorts have more facilities: • - one of the major seaside resorts of Britain - should be on every traveller to Sussex's list • and St Leonard’s - there’s more to these seaside towns than the famous battle.
Popular attractions include Hastings old town, the shipwreck heritage centre and flamingo adventure park. • - stroll along the prom, amuse yourself on the pier or enjoy an ice-cream on the beach. Eastbourne is one of England’s most genteel seaside resorts. • Bexhill-on-Sea - timelessly elegant, Bexhill is a delightful traditional English seaside town. Very popular with the older generations Artistic attractions Brighton is the artistic centre, but its ripples have spread into the countryside • - home to a collection of Old Masters, including work by Gainsborough and Reynolds.
• ( near Firle). This quirkily decorated farmhouse was home to ‘Bloomsbury’ couple Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell. Charleston is famous for its extravagant murals and unique cottage-style garden. • . . A fine collection of 19th- and 20th-century British art featuring works by celebrated war artist, Eric Ravilious.
• . Rotherfield. Features stained glass windows designed by Sir Edward Burne Jones and made by William Morris. • . The brightly decorated wall panels were painted by Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell of the Bloomsbury set Steam railways Reminders of the 'Age of Steam', all these lines have steam locomotives, often running special trains, such as Thomas the Tank Engine or diesel trains. • ( near Fletching).
Runs between Sheffield Park and East Grinstead. It has the largest collection of steam locomotives after the National Railway Museum in , and a collection of carriages and wagons unrivalled in the south of England.
• . Bodiam. Operates between Bodiam and Tenterden in Kent, passing through some very attractive countryside. • . Isfield, ( near ). Mile long line between Isfield and Little Horsted. It can be reached by bus (route 29/129 not 29A or 129A) from , , or , ask for a ticket to 'Isfield'. This is a ; detailed listings go in the . This section should only be a brief overview. Sussex is pretty well-served for food: every town has at least one supermarket with almost every village have a pub (or public house), food is to the standard of the rest of the UK, with a greater variety in towns.
Brighton and Hove prides itself on having a vast cultural array of foods, from Mexican to McDonald's and from Chinese to Celtic.
Specialist diets (vegan, vegetarian kosher, etc.) are well supported, although in the countryside and surrounding towns there will only be one or two (albeit very nice) vegetarian dishes on the menu It is strongly recommended to visit a farmers shop or market, since produce here is generally much better quality and often a lower price than supermarkets.
Most towns will have a farmers market at least once a month. Farm shops are dotted around the country: • Middle farm shop on the A27 east of Lewes A Cow Organic food shops are also popular: • , Station Road, Stonegate, , ☎ .
( updated May 2017) • Food for thought, Wickham Manor Farm, Panel Lane, , ☎ . Supermarkets also stock organic produce. More eclectic towns such as Lewes, Brighton, and to an extent Eastbourne, have specialist dealers with organic, locally produced, fairtrade (which is increasing in popularity, with Uckfield and Lewes being named 'fairtrade towns') foodstuffs on offer.
Harveys Brewery, Lewes Sussex has numerous local beers and drinks, with cider being mainly produced in the east (connections with Kentish cider), Lewes houses which supplies almost all of East Sussex and much of West Sussex with award winning real ale, wine is produced and with global warming kicking in Sussex and Kentish wine is being compared to Champagne (increasingly favourably), home-pressed apple juice is for sale at farms and farm shops.
The usual array of drinks are available at all bars and clubs, varying in price quite considerably. Line of Quality Seaside Hotels in Eastbourne Loads of hotels in Brighton, Hastings and Eastbourne due to their seaside resort heritage. In outlying areas its best finding a hotel and booking it in advance, since there are relatively few, however those that do exist tend to be of good quality.
The usual chains of hotels are beginning to spring up. The towns below have accommodation throughout the year: • This is one of England’s most famous seaside resorts. The elegant seafront is flanked by flowerbeds. Visitor attractions include parks and gardens, a thriving marina and the cliffs at nearby Beachy Head.
• and St Leonard’s Popular seaside resorts, surrounded by stunning countryside. Hastings also has a picturesque old town. • is one of the county’s oldest towns. Attractions include the castle and Anne of Cleves’ house. Around Lewes there are many picturesque villages to visit. • and surrounding areas With its steep cobbled streets and picture-postcard cottages, Rye is a charming town. Surrounding attractions include Camber Sands and Winchelsea. • is a quiet beach resort. A great base for exploring the South Downs and Seven Sisters Country Park.
Individual town pages will have more information on accommodation. A Market during the Brighton Festival There's plenty in Sussex for those who don't wish to spend plenty of cash on attractions: • - 3,500 km of walking paths, bridleways, scenic roads - all for free.
• Go for a swim: Sussex has some of the cleanest beaches in the UK, with Brighton Beach renowned for its packed seafront, less well used areas, such as Eatbourne, Bexhill and Hastings still have facilities and cleanliness.
• Brighton itself can be one big performance, the and the , Features street performers, theatre groups, musicians, guided walks and a whole host of other great activities. • Town museums: Often they will charge, but some such as and Newhaven Museum are free (donations are gratefully welcomed though). Long Man of Wilmington, on the route of the South Downs Way Attractions outside of East Sussex include: • (on the A26, signposted from most of the country) - Victorian spa town with bars, pubs and drinking fountains for the local water, is popular in summer with locals and Londoners.
Has a large shopping district/center and theaters, worth a day visit. • Running from in the east all the way to in the West, spanning three counties the is a popular walking path with numerous books and guides out there. Walking the full length is completely feasible.
Depending on your skill, activity, perseverance, and need for sleep, the path can be completed as quickly as 48 hours (most people take up to a week to complete it). There are outstanding views throughout almost all of the path. Various guide books have been published on the path and its route (which is well signposted) including accommodation, food, and the local history of the areas that the path passes through.
• is only a train ride away. Most stations have a service, indirect or direct (also frequent and infrequent) to the capital. Alternatively one could drive; but it's not advised; please be aware that trains timetabled to arrive in the capital (and Brighton) before 10.00 are liable to peak travel prices • in , - there are short break sailings from Newhaven.
Take a day trip! • See the entries for , , and for further activities.
• • • • • • • Rye in East Sussex Travelling westward across Romney Marsh, the distinctive outline of Rye can be seen in the distance.
It rises above the level green pastures, stretching from the sea to the far hills which formed the shoreline before the marsh was drained. Once surrounded by sea, this fortified hilltop town played an important role in the defence of the south coast of England. These days, the river no longer harbours warships and is home to the local fishing fleet.
Meandering for over one and a half miles from Rye to the coast, the river forms part of the picturesque scenery visible from several vantage points in and around the citadel of Rye. St Mary's church tower (usually open to the public) offers the best viewpoint to show the terracotta roofs of the many timbered houses. These ancient buildings, cobbled streets and secret passages, once the haunt of smugglers and highwaymen, regularly attract film crews in search of historical settings for period productions.
Many authors, musicians, artists and celebrities have made Rye their home, a medieval haven periodically visited by Royalty. In 1573 the title "Rye Royale" was bestowed upon the town by Queen Elizabeth I after a three day stay. The sheer concentration of living history packed into this vibrant market town makes it the ideal base for a holiday of discovery, or a relaxing short break.
There are many comfortable, welcoming hotels and guest houses and plenty of charming inns and restaurants. Other Towns and Villages Near Rye 15th Century, 13 en-suite rooms, oak beamed guest house Beautiful boutique beach house hotel overlooking the dunes Peaceful farm setting. 5 mins walk to town. Parking, Cream teas served. Walking distance from Rye. Ample parking. Peaceful location. Superb deals on mid-week breaks in Rye's famous hotel
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