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Type:Towns & Villages

East Sussex, TN36 4EL


An Ancient Town in the Confederation of the Cinque Ports. Seven centuries ago, Winchelsea was a town of several thousand people and a major Channel port, its ships the terror of the Narrow Seas.
Today, Winchelsea sits quietly on its hill, gazing at the now-distant sea, but echoes of its colourful history still resonate from the ancient buildings and stone town gates whilst the magnificent church and traces of the ancient boundary ditches etched into the surrounding landscape, hint at its former eminence.

The sense of tranquility Winchelsea enjoys, owes much to the surrounding landscape of the High Weald, it is a place of green valleys, wooded hills, open grazing marshes, coastal views and winding rivers. Exploring from the town as a walker or cyclist you can experience this diverse landscape firsthand where you can still see evidence of traditional farming techniques and the variety of local wildlife.

The Ancient Town of Winchelsea is a wonderful hidden place to explore.
So whether you are here to peer into the past, experience local colour and culture, enjoy the landscape, indulge on local food and drink, or just to relax, you’ll find Winchelsea the most idyllic place to be.


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