East Sussex

East Sussex

Type:Towns & Villages

Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2LX
East Sussex

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What makes the perfect holiday? For some, it's walking in peaceful countryside, for others it's visiting historic houses or museums, or serious shopping. Whatever your choice, East Sussex has a unique mix of unspoilt countryside, narrow cobbled town streets, medieval cottages and fairytale castles, glorious gardens and picturesque old villages. Over a thousand years of history have formed the county of East Sussex and you can visit the site of the Battle of Hastings where, some say, English history began in 1066. Other castles and houses to visit include Bodiam Castle, Herstmonceux Castle, Firle Place, Glynde Place, and Alfriston Clergy House, the first National Trust property. East Sussex has been home to many famous writers and artists over the years. Rudyard Kipling, author of The Jungle Book, lived at Bateman's in Burwash and Charleston Farmhouse at Firle was the Bloomsbury Group's country meeting place where murals, furniture and textiles painted by the artists can still be seen. There are glorious gardens to delight and inspire: Sheffield Park, a traditionally landscaped garden with five lakes; Great Dixter, the life's work and passion of writer Christopher Lloyd who died in January 2006, and Pashley Manor with its intimate, romantic spring garden. There are festivals galore and country fairs from spring through to autumn. Something for all the family.

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  1. Lewes Castle & Barbican House Museum

    Climb the zig-zag steps of this 1000 year old Norman castle for stunning views of Sussex.…

    0.4 miles away
  2. The Needlemakers

    A converted 19thC candle factory housing variety of different craft workshops. Visitors…

    0.57 miles away
  3. Anne of Cleves House

    Anne of Cleves House formed part of her divorce settlement from Henry VIII in 1541. This…

    0.64 miles away
  1. Wellingham Walled Herb Garden

    An 18thC landscaped walled herb garden with many statues and a gazebo. The herbs are…

    3.05 miles away
  2. Plumpton Racecourse

    Plumpton Racecourse is one of the most successful smaller jump racecourses in the…

    4.3 miles away
  3. Stanmer Park

    Situated on the outskirts of the city, Stanmer Park is a perfect example of the vast open…

    4.39 miles away
  4. Firle Place

    A Tudor house with Georgian additions in downland park setting. Important English and…

    4.65 miles away
  5. Phileas Foggs World of Adventures

    Take a step back to the 1870s to help Phileas Fogg on a thrilling immersive theatrical…

    5.4 miles away
  6. Saltdean Beach

    Saltdean beach is shingle between rock groynes backed by high chalk cliffs and at low…

    5.62 miles away
  7. Stoneywish Nature Reserve

    Fifty acres of ponds and meadows with wildlife walk and large play/picnic area.…

    5.74 miles away
  8. Brighton Racecourse

    Brighton Racecourse is the fun and friendly seaside racecourse
    overlooking the Brighton…

    5.92 miles away
  9. Charleston

    Charleston, the home of the artists Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell (sister of Virgina…

    5.93 miles away
  10. Paradise Park

    Find out why Paradise Park is the perfect day out for all ages with images, essential…

    5.99 miles away
  11. Brighton Marina

    Brighton Marina is the largest marina in the UK and has plenty to do for all ages, within…

    6.3 miles away
  12. Garden Pride Garden Centre

    Large garden centre with pet and aquatic franchises. Coffee shop serving home-cooked food.

    6.42 miles away
  13. Ridgeview Wine Estate

    Ridgeview was established in 1995 and is renowned as a pioneer in emerging English…

    6.42 miles away
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