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East Sussex
East Sussex

Places to Visit

East Sussex

Stately homes and castles

East Sussex, along with its western counterpart, is packed with interest. This is a land of stately homes and castles, miles of breezy chalk cliffs overlooking the English Channel, pretty rivers, picturesque villages and links to our glorious past. Mention Sussex to many people and images of the South Downs immediately spring to mind – ‘vast, smooth, shaven, serene,’ as the writer Virginia Woolf described them. She and her husband lived at Monk’s House in the village of Rodmell, near Lewes, and today, her modest home is managed by the National Trust and open to the public.

1066 and all that
There are a great many historic landmarks within Sussex, but probably the most famous is the battlefield where William, Duke of Normandy defeated Harold and his Saxon army to become William the Conqueror of England. By visiting Battle, near Hastings, you can, with a little imagination, picture the bloody events that led to his defeat. East Sussex’s pretty towns such as Lewes, Rye and Uckfield have their charms, while the city of Brighton offers museums and fascinating landmarks, the best-known and grandest feature being the Royal Pavilion.

Recommended in East Sussex

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The Grand Hotel

This famous Victorian hotel in Eastbourne offers old fashioned hospitality by the sea.
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Broadacres

You can have this self-contained suite all to yourself and enjoy richly decorated rooms and a luxurious bathroom.
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Knelle Dower B&B

This converted barn boasts a prime location with uninterrupted countryside views.