East Sussex

Visit East Sussex for green hills and weald-land that look like landscape paintings, towns blitzed by bloody Norman battles and super-cool seaside resorts. There is lots to do and many exciting places visit in East Sussex. Follow the in-crowd to funky Brighton for days splashing off pebble beaches and browsing lanes of alternative boutiques. It's more chilled in family-focused Eastbourne with serene boating lakes, Victorian gardens and wow-factor white cliffs. Don your imaginary armour for days tracing 1066 dramas to abbeys and battlefields in Battle and Hastings. Seagull's eye views across the Channel are best from Beachy Head – a dizzying 531ft (160m) above sea level.

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Take on an energising summer coastal challenge

Take on an energising summer coastal challenge

Set yourself a coastal challenge this summer; take on the Eastbourne Triathlon, dive into the Big Sea Swim or pedal to Eastbourne’s Cycling Festival!

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Uncover the weird and wonderful at Hove Museum and Art Gallery

Uncover the weird and wonderful at Hove Museum and Art Gallery

Explore galleries featuring toys, film, craft, local history and paintings on a visit to Hove Museum and Art Gallery.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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Enjoy beach sports on Brighton beach

Enjoy beach sports on Brighton beach

Brighton beach is famously full of pebbles, but at Yellowave there is plenty of sand making it the place to go for all kinds of beach sports.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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Discover why artists and chefs alike love Hastings’ fishing fleet

Discover why artists and chefs alike love Hastings’ fishing fleet

Explore East Sussex’s maritime heritage on Hastings Stade, home to fishermen for over 1000 years, inspiration to J.M.W Turner and Rick Stein.

Location: Hastings, East Sussex

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Retro shopping in Rye

Retro shopping in Rye

Rye is home to numerous independent retro and vintage shops, and takes pride in the fact that chain stores are a ‘no, no’ in town.

Location: Rye, East Sussex

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Indulge on a foodie break in Brighton & Hove

Indulge on a foodie break in Brighton & Hove

Voted the UK’s top destination for restaurants & bars by readers of Conde Naste Traveller, Brighton & Hove offers a vast array of top notch cuisine.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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Sheffield Park Garden

Sheffield Park Garden

The perfect place for relaxation and nature photography.

Location: Brighton, East Sussex

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Discover the Lanes and North Laine

Discover the Lanes and North Laine

The Lanes were originally the centre of the sleepy fishing village of Brighthelmstone.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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Saltdean

Saltdean

Bring your waterproofs and take on the tide in East Sussex.

Location: Saltdean, Sussex

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Be a real knight or princess for the day at Bodiam Castle

Be a real knight or princess for the day at Bodiam Castle

Take a glimpse of medieval splendour where brooding walls rise majestically from a moat, and let the magic of Bodiam Castle capture your imagination.

Location: Robertsbridge, East Sussex

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Soar above England’s highest chalk sea cliff

Soar above England’s highest chalk sea cliff

Work up the courage for a unique, exhilarating way to take in the iconic scenery of East Sussex’s famous Beachy Head, near Eastbourne.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Admire the UK’s largest Eric Ravilious Collection

Admire the UK’s largest Eric Ravilious Collection

Discover the largest national collection of Eric Ravilious’ beautiful South Downs inspired watercolours, plus touring art exhibitions at Towner.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Explore the sleepy fishing village of Brighthelmstone

Explore the sleepy fishing village of Brighthelmstone

Before Brighton became the cosmopolitan city it is today it was a quiet fishing village, but the city has never forgotten its origins.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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Join Shriek Week this Halloween at Drusillas Zoo

Join Shriek Week this Halloween at Drusillas Zoo

Keep the little horrors happy with a spook-tacular week of fun at the award-winning Drusillas Park, set in stunning South Downs countryside.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Follow in the footsteps of movie makers in Eastbourne

Follow in the footsteps of movie makers in Eastbourne

Follow the film location trail from Eastbourne to Beachy Head, featured in cinema classics such as ‘Harry Potter’, ‘Diana’ and ‘Pearl Harbour’.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Ride a bicycle built for two

Ride a bicycle built for two

Hire the elegant Gazelle Balance tandem to explore the cycle-friendly Brighton & Hove.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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Ice Skating at the Royal Pavilion

Ice Skating at the Royal Pavilion

Enjoy ice-skating with the magical backdrop of the Royal Pavilion on a winter city break in Brighton.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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Uncover ghostly Brighton

Uncover ghostly Brighton

Brighton is believed to be one of the most haunted places in England.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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A long weekend in Brighton

A long weekend in Brighton

A city break by the sea.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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Nightly summer bandstand concerts and weekly fireworks

Nightly summer bandstand concerts and weekly fireworks

The UK’s busiest bandstand on Eastbourne’s seafront offers nightly concerts from pop to rock throughout summer, with a weekly firework crescendo.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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