East Sussex Things to Do

  • The Royal Pavilion, Brighton
    The Royal Pavilion, Brighton
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East Sussex Things to Do

  • Royal Pavilion

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    Brighton Things to Do

    The Royal Pavilion started as a modest lodging owned by George, the then Prince of Wales in 1787 and with the architect Henry Holland it was transformed into a neo-classical villa known as the Marine Pavilion. By 1815 after George had become king he hired the architect John Evans to totally redesign the building into its current Indian style with...

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  • Hastings East Hill Cliff Railway

    Hastings Things to Do

    East Hill Cliff Railway, or East Hill Lift, was built in 1903. It is a funicular that takes passengers from the seashore up on to the clff-top Hastings Country Park. The views from the top station of this funicular railway are wonderful. The trip up and down the funicular in its old-fashioned cars is great fun, and well worth the price of...

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  • Palace Pier

    Brighton Things to Do

    Our 1st stop of the day was Brighton Pier, rain was forecasted for later in the day so I thought we would take advantage of the rainless morning. The Pier is exactly what you'd expect for an English seaside town, shops selling candy apples and candy floss (cotton candy to those of us on this side of the pond) and rock, an arcade filled with games...

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  • The Beach

    Brighton Things to Do

    The first time when I went out of the Brighton trainstation, I was hit by the view of the street ahead and the sea in the background. It was strange this proximite of the town with the seaside. It gives a special ambiance at this town. The sea is omnipresent, particulary with the seagulls that you can find everywhere ! But, I find them funny, and...

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  • The Lanes

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    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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  • West Pier

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    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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  • Sealife Centre

    Brighton Things to Do

    I had the misfortune of spending a very rainy 25th August in Brighton and decided with my partner to take my nephew and niece to the Sea Life Centre, there being not a lot else we could do with two children in the constant torrential downpour. After a twenty five minute queue in a wind tunnel and with the onset of hyperthermia we were eventually...

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  • The Marina

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    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

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    Brighton Things to Do

    If you looking for a special place for having a lunch or picnic, it would be a good answer of that question.- Devil's Dyke. It is close to Brighton city centre. You can take a bus at Churchill square bus stop(nearby 3 mobile shop). That bus has a 2 stories and 1st floor doesn't have a roof! You can enjoy without any windows!! When do you arrive at...

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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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  • Great Dixter-stunning gardens of...

    These gardens were gorgeous - probably one of the most beautiful i have visited - most likely the time of year made a difference with a wonderful range of flowers in amazing colours and gorgeously laid out - exactly why Christopher Lloyd was one of the UKs most famed garden designers and gardening writers.The house was his home and is also gorgeous...

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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.This lovely sunny day that i visited Bodiam on was teed up for a medieval fair day with various activities on all weekend. Not so far from Great Dixter i visited here after Bateman's and Great Dixter and then went on to visit Rye from...

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  • The Seven Sisters

    The Seven Sisters are a series of chalk cliffs located between Seaford and Eastbourne on the south coast and form part of the South Downs. There are seven hills, with an eighth one being slowly created by the erosion of the sea. The Sisters are within the Seven Sisters Country Park, an area consisting of 280 hectares of chalk cliffs, a meandering...

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  • Eastbourne

    Eastbourne is a large town and seaside resort on the south coast 17 miles east of Brighton. The 4 mile stretch of shingle beach runs from Sovereign Harbour in the east to the iconic Beachy Head in the west. Must see sights/attractions include: Beachy Head, the Wish Tower, the Victorian Town Hall, Eastbourne Pier, Devonshire Park Theatre and St...

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  • Brighton

    Brighton is a seaside resort located on the south coast and was given its city status in 2000 by Queen Elizabeth as part of the millennium celebrations. The city is renowned for its diverse communities, large cultural, music and arts scene. Brighton has also been referred to as the "hippest and happiest place to live in the UK." Must see...

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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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  • 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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