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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Follow in the footsteps of William the Conqueror

Follow in the footsteps of William the Conqueror

The Battle of Hastings in 1066 changed the course of English history forever. Explore the site and learn about history’s most famous date.

Location: Battle, East Sussex

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Walk the South Downs Way

Walk the South Downs Way

At 100 miles long and stretching from Winchester to Eastbourne, the South Downs Way boasts some of England's most impressive coastal scenery.

Location: Winchester to Eastbourne

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Enjoy a swim with the country’s oldest swimming club

Enjoy a swim with the country’s oldest swimming club

Brighton is home to the country’s oldest swimming club, founded in 1860.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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Cycle and canoe in the iconic Seven Sisters Country Park

Cycle and canoe in the iconic Seven Sisters Country Park

Explore the South Downs Way, near Eastbourne, discovering Seven Sisters Country Park by bicycle and the Cuckmere Valley by canoe.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Retail therapy in Eastbourne’s pretty little Chelsea

Retail therapy in Eastbourne’s pretty little Chelsea

Explore over 50 independent retailers in Eastbourne’s quaint Little Chelsea and find everything from contemporary art to chic home ware and more.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Discover the world’s biggest bonfire celebrations in Sussex

Discover the world’s biggest bonfire celebrations in Sussex

Autumn sees towns and villages across Sussex unite together in an ancient bonfire tradition for three months of eerie torch lit processions.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Escape on a romantic trip to the South Downs

Escape on a romantic trip to the South Downs

Make a break to the countryside this winter with a loved one and tuck yourself away in Flint Barns, situated in the heart of the South Downs.

Location: Alfriston, near Eastbourne

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Enjoy a five-star cookery break by the sea

Enjoy a five-star cookery break by the sea

Become an expert in the kitchen with a Cookshelf cookery course in Eastbourne, before relaxing after a busy day at the 5 star Grand Hotel.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Go fossil hunting in East Sussex

Go fossil hunting in East Sussex

You never know what you might find on a fossil-hunting session on Peacehaven beach.

Location: East Sussex

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Explore Rottingdean, the home of Rudyard Kipling

Explore Rottingdean, the home of Rudyard Kipling

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Rudyard Kipling by visiting his traditional English gardens in Rottingdean, near Brighton and Hove.

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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Get festival fever during May in Brighton and Hove

Get festival fever during May in Brighton and Hove

The seaside city comes alive with four fantastic festivals taking place in one month of madness.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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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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Wildlife skills and forest fun in the South Downs

Wildlife skills and forest fun in the South Downs

Family holidays in the South Downs National Park are perfect for venturing out into the fresh air, to learn about camping, nature and wildlife.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Explore Brighton and Hove’s wartime heritage

Explore Brighton and Hove’s wartime heritage

Commemorate the First World War with a cultural holiday in Brighton and Hove, roaming around the city’s lively cultural quarter.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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Meet the mysterious Long Man of Wilmington

Meet the mysterious Long Man of Wilmington

Take a trip to discover this incredible figure situated on the South Downs, near Eastbourne.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Comb Sussex’s thriving coastline for fossils and marine life

Comb Sussex’s thriving coastline for fossils and marine life

A Marine Conservation Area, this unspoilt coastline at the foot of the South Downs National Park offers thriving marine life and fossils galore.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Be inspired by the Earthship Brighton

Be inspired by the Earthship Brighton

The Earthship Brighton was the first to be built in England.

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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Discover Edwardian Brighton at Preston Manor

Discover Edwardian Brighton at Preston Manor

Relive the Edwardian era with a heritage break in Brighton and a visit to the delightful Preston Manor.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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