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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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

Unwind and detox by the sea in grand five start luxury

Escape for a relaxing spa day at the UK’s only 5 star seaside hotel and revive the soul with beach-side yoga and devour wholesome vegetarian delights.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

Unravel England's great mysteries in Sussex

Lose yourself in the hidden history of an 800-year-old Tudor Mansion and former Augustinian monastery in Eastbourne.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

Pay a visit to Virginia Woolf’s Monk’s House

Travel back in time to see how the poets, artists, intellectuals and philosophers of the Bloomsbury Group lived.

Location: Lewes, Sussex

A view of the Brighton Palace Pier sign at the entrance to the pier

Get your fair share of thrills on Brighton Pier

From the traditional helter skelter to heart-racing thrills overlooking the sea, the iconic Brighton Pier is a seaside theme park for families of all ages.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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

Discover the Lanes and North Laine

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

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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

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. .

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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

A long weekend in Brighton

A city break by the sea.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Enjoy shopping and culture on a city break by the sea

Whether you’re looking for top notch restaurants or bohemian independent shopping, Brighton offers urban glamour by the bucket load.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Sample wines at the scenic Sedlescombe Organic Vineyards

Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard is one of the most idyllic tourist attraction locations in 1066 Country, near Hastings.

Location: Sedlescombe, East Sussex

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

Go wildlife spotting at Hastings Country Park

Explore over 660 acres of countryside, and uncover the rare wildlife that inhabit the area all year round.

Location: Hastings, East Sussex

Enjoy a romantic getaway in Brighton

Brighton has a long tradition of being a place for couples to enjoy being together.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

A royal palace by the sea

Brighton is home to the spectacular Royal Pavilion, a palace like no other.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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

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

Be inspired by the Earthship Brighton

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

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Take a ride on a Victorian electric railway

Hop on board and enjoy a ride on England's oldest electric railway.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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