Places to visit in 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 are lots of exciting places to visit and things to do in East Sussex. Follow the in-crowd to funky Brighton for days splashing off pebble beaches and browsing lanes of alternative boutiques. Or pop over to family-friendly Eastbourne with its 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. Or wander the stylish cobbled citadel of Rye, home to an array of art, cosy pubs and modern boutique hotels.

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Enjoy a classic holiday by the seaside

When the sun shines there is only one place to be – beside the sea.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

 

December events: 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

 

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

 

From the Kissing Policeman to the Kiss Wall

Brighton & Hove is an artistic hub with a wide variety of art galleries, the biggest of which is the city itself.

Location: Brighton & Hove, 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

 

December events: Join the biggest Christmas Day party in Britain

Wake up on Christmas morning and head down to Eastbourne's Bandstand for a festive live concert you won't forget.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

 
Brighton Pier at sunset.

Add sparkle to a romantic break in Brighton

Spoil your loved one with a glass of English sparkling wine and breath-taking sea views.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

 

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

 

Explore Brighton's Cultural Quarter

Find an exotic Royal palace, classical concerts, West End shows and fine art all within a moment’s walk of each other.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

 

Raise a glass of English sparkling wine to the South Downs

Bathed in the sunshine and shelter of the South Downs in Sussex, enjoy some fine English wines direct from grape to glass.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

 

Get under the skin of Brighton & Hove with a free Greet

Whether you are on your first trip to Brighton & Hove or are a regular visitor, a Greet is a great way to see the city in a new light.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

 

Vintage swimwear, Lewis Carroll’s desk and summer keepsakes

Step back in time and discover British seaside holidays through the ages in the new Summer Holiday Seaside exhibition on Eastbourne’s elegant seafront.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

 

Discover Brighton and Hove’s fresh and exciting foodie scene

In recent years restaurants in Brighton & Hove have proved that the city has a lot more to offer gastronomes than just fish ‘n’ chips.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

 

Discover the Lanes and North Laine

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

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

 
British Airways i360, Brighton

Top things to do on a Brighton city break

Sometimes known as ‘London by the sea’, the cosmopolitan coastal city of Brighton is loud, proud and brimming with things to see and do. .

 

Relive the glitz and glamour of the 1930s in Brighton

Forget winter’s dull skies and thick layers of clothing. Unleash your inner glamour puss and hop on a train to Brighton for a 1930s-themed weekend.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

 

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

 

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

 

Alfresco Shakespeare in Eastbourne’s pretty Italian Gardens

Discover one of the South Coast’s best kept secrets, with hidden gardens, secluded walkways, outdoor Shakespeare and rock pooling.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

 

Action packed watersports at Camber Sands

Kite-flyers and windsurfers of all ages and abilities should head to Camber Sands - a dramatic sandy beach on the south coast, and the perfect spot to catch the waves.

Location: Camber Sands, East Sussex

 

Sheffield Park Garden

The perfect place for relaxation and nature photography.

Location: Brighton, East Sussex

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