East Sussex Things to Do

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East Sussex Things to Do

  • Royal Pavilion

    Brighton Things to Do

    A visit to the Royal Pavilion should not be missed if you are at Brighton. First, I think we nearly walked the whole way around the Pavilion to find the entry point, some how, we must have missed the sign pointing to the entrance. It was all good though, because we saw all sides of the Pavilion. The outside was impressive, so what would the inside...

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  • The Lanes

    Brighton Things to Do

    The Lanes is a small area of specialist shops (especially jewellers), restaurants and pubs within a stone's throw of the sea and pier. Just wander. People watch in good weather. All restaurants on a sunny Sunday in June were packed. Where do all these people come from?

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  • Palace Pier

    Brighton Things to Do

    The most important building in Brighton its of course, Brighton Pier. Brighton Pier is the connection with the sea, It has attractions such as , restaurants and games for all family's members. They have a multiple for activities during the year, you never feel bored in Brighton pier. You can find the most typical food in England, Fish and Chips,...

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  • The Beach

    Brighton Things to Do

    Go down the beach and visit the famous pier of Brighton. Enjoy on a trip on the Brighton wheel. Or just go swiming in the freezy sea. It's may a bit cold but I'm sure you will really enjoy your day down the beach. There is no sand (it's a stone beach), so you can walk directly on the cost - without grabbing sand out of your shoes time by...

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  • Sealife Centre

    Brighton Things to Do

    This is one of many Sealife Centres all over Europe. Not equal to some of the other aquariums that I've seen they are nevertheless worth a brief visit. This one has some interesting displays of marine life.

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  • West Pier

    Brighton Things to Do

    The team that were behind the 'London eye' are planning to build what they call an 'i-360' structure on the Seafront at Brighton. The design means that a single 'pod' can rise up over Brighton, giving views of up to 25 miles. It will be slightly taller than the London eye. Whilst I think the name is a bit of a gimmick, cashing in on the 'i-pod,...

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  • The Marina

    Brighton Things to Do

    Covering over 126 acres (some of the wet) the building of Brighton Marina began in 1971. it was always a contentious project with locals eho were quick to note that very few of them owned yachts or even inflatable dinghies. The project was originally pushed as an project certain to draw visitors, rich boat owners and money to the town and with the...

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  • Devils Dyke

    Brighton Things to Do

    Devil's Dyke (or Devil’s Ditch) is a V-Shaped valley, near Brighton. Its viewpoint offers fab views north towards the Weald and south over the sea. It is the largest Dyke in the UK and part of the Southern England chalk formation. The site has extensive areas of chalk grassland in the country. Sensitive management of the site has helped ensure...

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  • Preston Park

    Brighton Things to Do

    Little known and very quiet is Preston Manor an old Manor House at the northern end of Preston Park. It is owned by the council and open to the public, furnished as it was in Edwardian times. I think it should be better known and is certainly worth a visit. Next to it is a lovely redundant medieval church with wall paintings, including one of the...

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  • relocating in the uk

    Why limit to the south east coast.. My wife and I have recently re located to the Wirral from Hamble near Southampton Hampshire and could not be happier, It has good employment, genuine friendly honest people, great night life and bars, Liverpool which is the nearest major city is 2nd to none for a night out anywhere in the country with its...

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  • Alfriston - A Gem in the Cuckmere Valley

    Alfriston is a typically Sussex village set in the delightful Cuckmere Valley between Eastbourne and Seaford. It comes complete with an attractive church and village green (The Tye), old fashioned tea shops, a wealth of interesting bookshops and antique shops, picturesque cottages and a healthy dose of sleepy village feeling. It's a small place and...

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  • Drusillas Zoo

    Drusillas is a "small animal zoo" near Eastbourne and Alfriston in East Sussex. This means that it doesn;t have lions, elephants and giraffes but does have a wide variety of other smaller and equally exotic animals.Clearly as a zoo it's going to be aimed primarily at families with children, but adults can still enjoy themselves here too as the...

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  • Visit Historic Rye

    Rye is a pretty and quaint little town in the Marshes along the Kent/Sussex Border. It was one of the ancient Cinque Ports which were vital to the economic success of medieval England. It has also been a hot bed of smuggling in the past. The centre of this small town is located on a hill and is filled with narrow streets lined with olde worlde...

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  • Eastbourne Pier

    Eastbourne's Pier is one of it's most memorable images and has been used as a film set on a number of occasions in recent years - most recently in the film "Made in Dagenham" when it 'played the part' of Brighton Pier becuase Eastbourne Pier looks more like what an English seaside town pier should look like in it's heyday. It is much better...

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  • Lonely Camber Castle

    Camber castle is an old Tudor artillery fort located outside Rye in the fields of the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. It's a property owned by English Heritage but has fairly limited opening hours and these do change so see the english heritage website for details before going. You can't get here by car. You also can't get here by public transport. You...

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  • Blackberry Farm

    This is not the sort of attraction we would normally visit, as it’s firmly aimed at children and families, and we don’t usually travel with kids. But on this occasion we were on a day out with visiting friends, including their 10 year old son who is mad about farming and intends to be a farmer in his home country of Austria, so when I spotted that...

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  • Seven Sisters

    One of the loveliest spots from which to view southern England’s classic chalk cliff scenery is here at Seven Sisters. They take their name, logically, from their number, and the line of seven white cliffs, especially when gleaming in the summer sun, is truly quite striking – and very photogenic.These views are only accessible on foot, although you...

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  • Sheffield Park Gardens

    These Gardens are absolutely beautiful, one of the very few places that I have missed since homing George as they don't allow dogs in the gardens. Understandable but disappointing especially for a responsible owner who always clears up after his dog. Anyway back to the gardens, designed by 'Capability' Brown, owned by the National Trust these...

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  • Bewl Water

    This man made lake/reservoir at Bewl is a wonderful area for families, cyclists, hikers birdwatchers and boaters and anglers. With its 13 mile circumference it is best to make an early start if you want to walk the entire perimeter. Some of the areas are quite rocky, and muddy so be prepared. The lake is deep (there are houses submerged here!!!)...

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  • The Cinque Ports Town of Rye

    Rye is well worth a visit if you are in East Sussex - it is on route to Dover and hence receives a LOT of visitors from the Continent. It is full of historic pubs, restaurants, a quaint high street and lovely walks. There is also an excellent town museum house in the Ypres Tower.

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  • The Bloomsbury Set at Charleston...

    In 1916 Vanessa Bell, sister of Virginia Woolfe, bought the 18th century Charleston Farmhouse in Firle, East Sussex. Conditions were very basic but nevertheless, over the years it became a retreat for the Bloomsbury set, a group of artists and writers and conscientious objectors to the First World war. These included Duncan Grant (Vanessa's lover...

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  • Carr Taylor Vineyard

    England may not be well-known as a wine-producing country but for some years now pioneers have been establishing vineyards in the southern counties and trying to change that image. At first their attempts were laughed at and their wines dismissed as sub-standard, but increasingly both the casual drinker and the wine connoisseur have come to take...

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  • Fishermen’s Museum, Hastings

    In the heart of Hasting’s Old Town a small church (formerly the Fisherman’s Church) has been converted to a museum which tells the story of the local fishing industry through the ages. The centre piece is the Enterprise: one of the last of the luggers (sailing fishing boats) which dominates the main room. Children in particular love to climb up on...

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  • Bodiam Castle

    Perfect example of a late medieval moated castle, Bodiam was built in 1385 as both a defence and a comfortable home.Opening times: peak time of the year - 14 Feb-31 Oct 10.30-6pm Mon to Sun off peak - 1 Nov-20 Dec 10.30-4pm Wed to Sun 2 Jan-31 Jan 2010 10.30-4pm Sat and Sun only

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  • 1066 Country Walk

    I started the hike in Battle (about half way) heading towards Rye. I probably spent too much time looking over the battlefield, got a bit of a late start. Well, I had a couple maps but not the surveyors map. I would highly recommend getting a proper map!! I got lost about four miles from Rye. It was beautiful countryside and a lovely walk (although...

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  • De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill

    This striking Modernist building dominates the sea-front of Bexhill on Sea, and plays host to exhibitions and performances throughout the year, making it quite a draw for the town. But for me it is the building itself that draws me - I love this style of architecture and find it a great subject for photography.The concrete and steel Pavilion was...

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  • Strawberries Cherries and PYO!

    In the finer months of the year June/July/Aug in East Sussex the fields are full of fruit and veg - there are dozens of "Pick Your Own" places where you can find strawberries, cherries, tayberries, raspberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants etc etc etc... just drive along any of the lanes and smaller roads in the county and you are bound to come...

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  • Camber Sands

    Camber Sands is a loooong stretch (approx 5 miles but I'm not exactly sure) of beautiful sandy beach just outside of Rye. It's perfect for long walks and it's especially popular with dog walkers! The dunes are quite a climb but its fun to walk along them. It's also a great place for riding and some types of water sports such as wind-surfing, and...

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  • Bodium Castle

    A fairytale style moated castle built in 1385, the exterior is virtually complete and while the interior is a ruin there is still much to explore. There are spiral staircases to climb leading to the battlements where you can enjoy lovely views over the Rother Valley. Look out for the original wooden portcullis which still survives in the Gatehouse....

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  • A Very Popular Beach

    Situated to the far East of the county, Camber Sands is basically a lovely sandy Blue Flag award winning beach. This beach is very popular all year round even out of season the beach gets busy with dog walkers and horse riders. During the holiday season the beach becomes very busy with famillies, A lot of whom will be staying at on of the many...

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  • St Leonards on Sea

    A small coastal town between Bexhill and Hastings. Somewhat run down it has its share of *hotels* housing asylum seekers - which does, on occasion, cause conflict with the locals. It has a nice park, Warrior Square and the beach is clean. Apart from that there is not a lot to do here, although in the summer there is a huge influx of language...

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  • Autumn in the Highwoods

    The Highwoods are a small patch of ancient woodland on the edge of a brickworks, just outside Bexhill towards Whydown. It is very popular with dog walkers and families as it is not too big, has four different paths -none of which are over 1 mile long - blue, red, green (for disabled visitors) and white for horse riders.There is plenty of free...

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  • Rye

    This is one of the most interesting towns in the county to visit, I think. It has quaint cobbled streets, welcoming traditional pubs, wonderful antique shops to poke around in (and plenty of more modern ones too) and a fantastic location perched on a hill, overlooking the River Rother and Romney Marsh. Its streets are lined with well-preserved...

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  • Batemans

    This lovely Jacobean house was once the home of the author Rudyard Kipling (from 1902 to 1936). It has been left just as it was when he lived there, decorated in his exotic oriental tastes. If like me you like to see where well-known books were written, you’ll like the study with his collection of books (many unsurprisingly from India) and the...

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  • Battle Abbey

    At the eastern end of Battle High Street is Battle Abbey. This abbey, now in ruins, was built by William the Conquerer to commemorate the thousands who died in the famous 1066 Battle of Hastings – which, despite its name, took place here.The main attraction here is the opportunity to walk around the battlefield and learn about the events that...

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  • Hastings Old Town

    At first glance Hastings looks much like many other mid-sized English seaside towns, with fish and chip shops, amusement arcades and deck-chairs. Not that there’s anything wrong with these, but tucked away at one end of the resort is the great bonus of the picturesque Old Town. This truly retains the old character of the town in its winding streets...

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  • Merriments Gardens

    Despite its billing as a tourist attraction, this is really just a garden centre, but one with a large and attractive garden attached, which serves both to inspire gardeners and show off the plants available for sale at the centre. But even non-gardeners will probably enjoy a visit here as it’s a very pleasant place in which to wander. There are...

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  • Pashley Manor Gardens

    Pashley Manor is a beautiful Tudor Manor House, although only its gardens are open to the public. But these are well worth a visit, and a walk around them will easily occupy an hour or two.Nearest to the house, are several well planted formal gardens with beautifully planted borders. There is even a vegetable garden that looks more attractive than...

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  • Glyndebourne Opera House

    Famous opera house in East Sussex, not far from Lewes. I haven't been to the opera here (or anywhere!) yet, and having just checked their website I see that tickets for Macbeth are £54 for adults... so I probably won't be going any time soon :)Anyway, it is an exquisite setting, in a 700 year old manor house. Check the website for details of how to...

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  • St Thomas's Church Winchelsea

    This beautiful church established in 1280, and once of cathedral proportions had its north and south transepts destroyed in later years by French raids. It is now popular with tourists as it is the site of the grave of Spike Milligan "See, I told you I was ill" - is inscribed in Gaelic on his tombstone.

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  • Walk the South Downs Way

    The South Downs way runs 100 miles from Winchester in Hampshire to Eastbourne in East Sussex. The various sections are between 7 and 12 miles long and offer stunning walks and views over the English countryside. I have only completed the Cuckmere to Eastbourne section (10 miles) and it is an arduous walk because of the hills and ever present strong...

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  • Alfriston - as Sussex as it gets

    Beautiful ancient village in the heart of East Sussex. Some nice pubs, ye olde tea shoppes, and the first ever National Trust property, The Clergy House. This was purchased by the NT in 1896 for the vast sum of £10! A section of The South Downs Way runs right alongside the River Cuckmere here so it is a popular place with dog walkers, hikers and...

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  • Firle Place

    Home of Viscount Gage and his family for the last 500 years this beautiful house built from Caen stone (taken from a dissolved monastery) is situated at the bottom of the Sussex Downs. There is a beautiful terrace restaurant (where the Queen Mother once visited) with views over the parkland surrounding the house where lunch is served between 12-2pm...

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  • Herstmonceux Castle

    Beautiful 14th century castle set in glorious East Sussex countryside. The castle has been owned by the University of Canada for several years and as such the interior is not open to the public but the grounds, gardens and lakes are carefully maintained and on a summer's day it is a wonderful place to visit as there is a nature trail , a tea room,...

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  • Camber Castle

    Built in 1539 by Henry the Eighth to defend the Port of Rye from French invaders, Camber Castle, an unchanged artillery fort, is only accessible on foot across a mile or so of fields of sheep. It is situated between Rye and Winchelsea and 300 years ago was right by the sea. The land has since been reclaimed and now the sea is a mile away and the...

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