East Sussex

Type:Towns & Villages

Herstmonceux, East Sussex


Herstmonceux is a village and civil parish in the Wealden District of East Sussex.

The name 'Herstmonceux' comes from the Anglo-Saxon word 'hyrst' meaning 'wooded hill' as well as the name of the Monceux family who were lords of the manor there in the 12th century.

The Herstmonceux area is famous for the making of trugs which is baskets made from split willow boards set in an ash or chestnut frame.

Things to do in Herstmonceux

Herstmonceux is renowned for its magnificent moated castle, set in 550 acres of glorious parkland & superb Elizabethan gardens.

Built originally as a country home in the mid 15th Century, Herstmonceux Castle embodies the history of medieval England and the romance of renaissance Europe.

The Herstmonceux Medieval Festival is held annually in August.

The Observatory Science Centre is an interactive hands-on science centre operating in the former home of The Royal Observatory.

Explore science on a grand scale at thier outside Discovery Park and set amid beautiful countryside as the green domes provide an exciting environment with plenty of picnic space and wheelchair access.


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What's Nearby

  1. The Observatory Science Centre

    The Observatory Science Centre is one of the leading "hands-on" science centres with over…

    1.52 miles away
  2. Gardens and Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle

    Herstmonceux is renowned for its magnificent moated castle, set in 550 acres of glorious…

    1.52 miles away
  3. Hailsham Pavilion

    Hailsham Pavilion combines a fully restored interior featuring high quality decor…

    3.34 miles away
  1. Horam Manor Farm Fishery

    Horam Manor Farm Fishery comprises 9 coarse fishing lakes set in the secluded Sussex…

    4.7 miles away
  2. Pevensey Castle

    A Roman fortress built in 4thC as a defence against Saxon pirates, includes fine west…

    4.82 miles away
  3. Michelham Priory

    Enter through the 14th-century gatehouse and wander the beautiful gardens or tour the…

    5.11 miles away
  4. Stone Cross Garden Centre and woodland walk

    Stone Cross Garden Centre is an independent centre. We pride ourselves on having an…

    5.34 miles away
  5. Farleys House and Gallery

    Farley House offers you a warm welcome in the spirit of its former Surrealist occupants,…

    5.46 miles away
  6. Pevensey Bay

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    5.5 miles away
  7. Arlington Bluebell Walk & Farm Trail

    Enjoy vistas of bluebells in 23 acres of ancient woodland. Walks and trails through three…

    5.88 miles away
  8. Sussex Top Attractions Ltd

    Top attractions in Sussex – many in the new South Downs National Park. We boast historic…

    6.06 miles away
  9. The Cuckoo Trail

    The Cuckoo Trail is 11 miles long joining three of the district’s towns, Heathfield,…

    7.08 miles away
  10. Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway

    Travel behind the 1/8th scale miniature steam or diesel locomotive for nearly a mile…

    7.14 miles away
  11. Bexhill Museum

    A friendly, local museum with a surprising variety of displays spread over three…

    7.19 miles away
  12. 1066 Battle Abbey and Battlefield

    An abbey founded by William the Conqueror on the site of the Battle of Hastings. …

    7.35 miles away
  13. Keane Trail

    The East Sussex towns of Battle, Bexhill and Hastings will forever be remembered…

    7.36 miles away
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