East Sussex Things to Do

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    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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  • Walking

    Lewes Things to Do

    I have been twice to Lewes but every time I have been going it was only for half a day as both times I had a wedding near there that I'm was attending. I love walking and exploring around new towns and villages and Lewes it wasn't an exception. There's a few small alleys that you can walk through but most of the roads are modern which it had lost...

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  • Festival

    Bexhill Things to Do

    As Bexhill is the birthplace of British motor racing at the seafront and part of the carnival celebrations they had a few vintage cars, but we didn’t gone to see all of them as our destination it was Hastings. But the vintage cars are nice to see even to get an idea how far engineering has developed.

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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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  • Harvey's Brewery

    Lewes Things to Do

    Harvey’s Brewery on the banks of river Ouse has been established in 1790 by John Harvey at Bridge Wharf and it was first opened in 1838 with purpose built the establishment. Over the years the brewery has expanded and as a result a second tower was built in 1985. The brewery uses local hops from Sussex but also hops from the surrounding areas...

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  • De La Warr Pavilion

    Bexhill Things to Do

    I have got to say that I haven’t been inside the De La Warr Pavilion but I have just walked past it but it was nice to see the children enjoying the water fountains on a nice sunny day. The De La Warr Pavilion it was reopened in 2005 as a national centre for contemporary arts and also houses the Motoring Heritage centre. Is used as an education,...

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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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  • Fitzroy House

    Lewes Things to Do

    The old memorial library of Lewes was housed in Fitzroy House until it was sold in 1958 and became a residential home and it was built for Lewes MP Henry Fitzroy by his widow. The building in a Gothic Victorian style and a Grade II listed, built in 1862 by the architect Sir George Gilbett Scott and part of it stands on part of the Grey Friars which...

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  • Coronation Clock Tower

    Bexhill Things to Do

    The Clock Tower that is located by the promenade it was intended to commemorate the coronation of King Edward VII in 1902 but as it was not complete until 1904 it was too late to contribute to the celebrations. The Clock Tower is made of imitation Bath stone and is 820cm in height and 250cm width with clock faces on all four sides. The architect...

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  • The Beach

    Brighton Things to Do

    Brighton beach is great, but can it really be a beach without any sand? Great fun watching the kids playing chicken with the incoming waves especially on a stormy day. i took a train from London to Brighton, nice and easy. The beach is not for swimming as one of the reviewers said since it's all pebbles but it's lovely for strolls and walks the...

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  • Lewes Castle

    Lewes Things to Do

    Seen from far afield hovering above Lewes town is the one thousand years old castle, nestling on an artificial mound of chalk blocks from the near South Downs. The castle it was built by wood at first and called Bray castle but William de Warenne 1st Earl of Surrey and the son in law of William the Conqueror they had it rebuilt in 1069. 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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  • The Oldest Bookshop

    Lewes Things to Do

    An old timber framed building from the 15th century located in the High Street with shelves of books on the outside is the oldest bookshop in Lewes. The bookshop it has a selection of books from children's, gardening, fiction, history and many other topics to choose from. They also have collectable and very rare books for sale.

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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 Oldest Gate

    Lewes Things to Do

    This mysterious gate that doesn’t lead anywhere and is always locked is between All Saints churchyard and the Friends Meeting House and is one of the intact pieces from the old Franciscan friary. The friary was located further down the road by the river Ouse which over the years has been demolished to make way for Lewes first railway and the gate...

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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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  • Thomas Paine House

    Lewes Things to Do

    Thomas Paine House lived at this house for six years from 1768 until 1774 but now it houses the Sussex Archaeological Society and is called The Bull House. Thomas Paine was an English- American political activist and a revolutionary writer who died in 1809 in New York City. The house is not open to the public but a tour can be booked at the...

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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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  • St Michael's Church

    Lewes Things to Do

    One of the oldest churches that is located within the old town walls and some parts of the church are from around 1200. As the church was left to recline for a period of time a nave it was built in the 13th century but it wasn’t until the 14th century that the church was rebuilt when it became unsafe with the addition of octagonal piers and arches...

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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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  • Lewes Crown Court

    Lewes Things to Do

    Lewes Crown Court it was started to be built in 1808 and it finished in 1812 and it was designed by John Johnson in Portland stone which then it was very unusual for such a stone to be used on a building in the area. On the facade of the building are three decorative panels with one of them it shows justice holding the scales and a sword while a...

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  • Freemason's Hall

    Lewes Things to Do

    One of the oldest Freemason’s Halls in Sussex and inside is still remains of the medieval walls of West Gate. The Masonic Hall it was built on a section what it used be the northern bastion of the West Gate which it was built around 1300 and had two square towers. On the northern tower what it used to the West Gate the Freemasons Hall was built in...

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  • All Saints Church

    Lewes Things to Do

    All Saints church is part of a 15th century and part of it is a 19th century but prior to this another church stood on the same site since the 12th century. The west tower with the two storey porch is from the 15th century and in 1805 it was decided to rebuild it as it was in bad condition which a nave was attached to the tower with galleries on...

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  • War Memorial

    Lewes Things to Do

    Lewes War Memorial it has a very special location in the centre of a junction like a mini roundabout on the top of School Hill and commemorates 251 men who fought and lost their lives in the First World War, and 126 men from the Second World War. The memorial is made of Portland stone in obelisk shape which stands on cruciform stone plinth. On the...

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  • Town Hall

    Lewes Things to Do

    The Town Hall of Lewes built in the 19th century with a very distinctive red brick it had served its citizens over the years as a court house, a jail and now the Towns council offices and the register office with rooms for hire and also on Tuesday's it holds the Town Hall market. Prior to the Town hall it was the site of the execution of...

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  • Southover Grange

    Lewes Things to Do

    Southover Grange it has been in the same family for over 300 hundred years from 1572 to 1859 and it was built by William Newton from Cheshire. William Newton first lived in the priory house before building the largest and grandest house in 14 acres of land in Lewes. Southover Grange Is believed that it was built with stones from Lewes Priory and...

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  • Market Tower

    Lewes Things to Do

    As the old market in Lewes was selling everything from vegetables to live animals the place it had become unbearable for the local residents which they have complained about the noise, smell and the congestion of the existing market it was decided to build a proper town market. Built with red brick the facade of the building it has got the town’s...

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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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    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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