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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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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Bare all on a beach break in Brighton

Bare all on a beach break in Brighton

On April 1st 1980, Brighton and Hove opened the first naturist beach in the UK… but this was no April Fool’s Day joke!

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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Enjoy a romantic date beneath a canopy of stars and dark sky

Enjoy a romantic date beneath a canopy of stars and dark sky

Escape the bright lights of the city with a romantic, intimate break in Sussex’s coastal countryside – just you, your date and billions of stars.

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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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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Discover the UK’s largest Bronze Age causeway

Discover the UK’s largest Bronze Age causeway

Explore the ground-breaking discovery of Britain’s Biggest Bronze Age Causeway in new exhibition Making Tracks: Eastbourne’s Bronze Age Mystery.

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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Dress up as a real soldier at Eastbourne’s Napoleonic fortress

Dress up as a real soldier at Eastbourne’s Napoleonic fortress

Get hands on with history at England’s leading Napoleonic fortress, with free annual exhibition and free return visit for every ticket purchased.

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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Be inspired with a stay at The Artist House

Be inspired with a stay at The Artist House

Enjoy an art holiday in Brighton, staying in a house filled with original artwork combined with a trip to Charleston.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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Enjoy a Brighton budget break with free attractions and more

Enjoy a Brighton budget break with free attractions and more

It’s easy to enjoy a cheap weekend break in Brighton and Hove, with cheap hostel accommodation and plenty of low cost museums and art galleries.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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Drink your way around Sussex with Fizz on Foot

Drink your way around Sussex with Fizz on Foot

Taste the best of Sussex with a bespoke village tour, visiting award-winning vineyards and sampling sparkling wines.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Celebrate the Winter Solstice at Burning the Clocks

Celebrate the Winter Solstice at Burning the Clocks

Brighton marks the shortest day of the year with the Burning the Clocks winter solstice parade.

Location: Brighton & Hove, 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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On yer bike and explore Brighton and Hove’s great outdoors

On yer bike and explore Brighton and Hove’s great outdoors

MAMILs (‘middle-aged men in lycra’) and all other cyclists will enjoy exploring Brighton & Hove on an active holiday along the south east coast.

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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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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Breeze up to the Downs

Breeze up to the Downs

The stunning South Downs countryside is just a short bus ride away from the centre of Brighton.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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Experience Glyndebourne Festival Opera

Experience Glyndebourne Festival Opera

See opera's biggest stars hit the high notes at Glyndebourne.

Location: Lewes, East Sussex

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