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Sussex is full of art galleries, some of them in the most suprising places.......
 

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Glorious local food is on offer all over Sussex this autumn, find out where you can taste our harvest......
 

 

Places to Visit in East Sussex

Alfriston Clergy House - East Sussex click to go to site.

Alfriston Clergy House - East Sussex

The first building purchased by the National Trust in 1896 for £10. A fine Medieval hall with a chalk and sour milk floor. The cottage garden is home to a rare array or traditional flowers and scents. Situated on the green in Alfriston there are stunning views across the Cuckmere valley.

 
Ashdown Forest Llama Park - East Sussex click to go to site.

Ashdown Forest Llama Park - East Sussex

The Ashdown Herd of llamas and alpacas was started in 1987. Over the years the numbers have increased and in 1995 what is now the Park was purchased, and opened to the public in 1996. There are now more than 100 llamas and alpacas at the Park as well as it being home to five beautiful reindeer.

 
Batemans - Burwash East Sussex click to go to site.

Batemans - Burwash East Sussex

A Jacobean house that was the home of Rudyard Kipling between 1902 and 1936. The house reflects the author's strong associations with the East. There are many oriental rugs and artefacts, and many of the rooms including his book-lined study are much as Kipling left them. The delightful grounds run down to the River Dudwell with its watermill. Kipling's Rolls Royce is also on display.

 
Battle Abbey - East Sussex click to go to site.

Battle Abbey - East Sussex

Perhaps the most famous date in English history - 1066 is the year the Normans defeated the English at the Battle of Hastings. William the Conqueror founded 'Battle' Abbey to commenorate his victory. On the site of its high alter you can stand at the very spot where King Harold of England fell.

 
Bedgebury National Pinetum - Goudhurst Kent click to go to site.

Bedgebury National Pinetum - Goudhurst Kent

The Pinetum has the most complete collection of conifers in the world with a varied environment of streams, lakes, broadleaved and coppiced woods, acid heath and open grassland. The varied habitats allow a wide variety of flora and fauna to thrive.

 
Bentley Wildfowl & Motor Museum - Halland East Sussex click to go to site.

Bentley Wildfowl & Motor Museum - Halland East Sussex

Set in a beautiful Sussex estate, Bentley is a unique place offering a wonderful variety of things to do. There is a beautifully furnished Palladian mansion with gardens to match. A woodland with a collection of prehistoric reconstruction buildings, a wildfowl reserve and a motor museum. In addition Bentley also has a range of resident craftworkers and there are many attractions to entertain children.

 
Bluebell Railway - Sheffield Park East Sussex click to go to site.

Bluebell Railway - Sheffield Park East Sussex

The Bluebell Line was the UK's first preserved standard gauge passenger railway reopening part of the Lewes to East Grinstead line in 1960. It has developed into one of the largest tourist attractions in Sussex yet remains true to its objectives of the preservation for posterity of a rural branch line. Travel from the Victorian era at Sheffield Park, to the 1930's at Horsted Keynes and to the 1950's at Kingscote.

 
Bodiam Castle - Nr Robertsbridge East Sussex click to go to site.

Bodiam Castle - Nr Robertsbridge East Sussex

One of the most famous and evocative castles in Britain, Bodiam was built in 1385 as both a defence and comfortable home. The exterior is virtually complete and the ramparts rise dramatically above the moat. Enough of the interior survives to give an impression of castle life. There are wonderful views of the Rother Valley from the top of the towers.

 
 
British Airways i360 - Brighton click to go to site.

British Airways i360 - Brighton

The British Airways i360 is the world's first vertical cable car and offers panoramic 360 degree views from up to 26 miles away.  In the evening, the pod is transformed into a Sky Bar, serving glasses of Sussex Nyetimber.  An unmissable experience if you are visiting Brighton!

 
Charleston - Charleston Firle East Sussex click to go to site.

Charleston - Charleston Firle East Sussex

The country home of the Bloomsbury Group. In 1916 the artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant moved to Sussex with their unconventional household. Over the next half century Charleston became the country meeting place for the group of writers, artists and interlectuals known as Bloomsbury. Virginia and Leonard Woolf, E.M. Forster, Lytton Strachey and Roger Fry were frequent visitors.

 
Drusillas - Alfriston East Sussex click to go to site.

Drusillas - Alfriston East Sussex

No ordinary zoo! With hundreds of fascinating and entertaining creatures you can be certain there will be plenty to enthral and excite everyone from the youngest to the oldest visitor!

 
Firle Place - Nr Lewes East Sussex click to go to site.

Firle Place - Nr Lewes East Sussex

Few country houses can boast such a notable collection of English and European paintings, furniture and porcelain. There are five distinct collections of works of art preserved here. The Long Gallery houses some well known art such as the Lamb Children by Sir Joshua Reynolds and the Wine Harvest by David Teniers.

 
Great Dixter House & Gardens - Northiam East Sussex click to go to site.

Great Dixter House & Gardens - Northiam East Sussex

One of the pleasant features of Great Dixter is that the gardens lie all around the house. Make a circuit of the gardens and you have made a circuit of the house exterior. Each has good views of the other.

 
Herstmonceux Castle - Nr Hailsham East Sussex click to go to site.

Herstmonceux Castle - Nr Hailsham East Sussex

Herstmonceux is renowned for its magnificent moated castle, set in beautiful parkland and superb Elizabethan gardens. Built originally as a country home in the mid 15th century, Herstmonceux Castle embodies the history of Medieval England and the romance of Renaissance Europe.

 
Herstmonceux Observatory Science Centre - East Sussex click to go to site.

Herstmonceux Observatory Science Centre - East Sussex

The Observatory Science Centre is unique amongst science centres because of its connection with astronomy. It occupies buildings that were the site of The Royal Observatory when it moved from Greenwich in the 1950's. With the copper clad domes and historic telescopes the buildings retain a very special atmosphere. The centre offers hands on exhibits, activities and science shows.

 
Kent & East Sussex Railway - Nr Robertsbridge East Sussex click to go to site.

Kent & East Sussex Railway - Nr Robertsbridge East Sussex

The country's finest example of a rural light railway. The Kent & East Sussex line gently wends its way for ten and a half miles through the unspoilt Rother Valley from the magnificent National Trust castle at Bodiam to Tenterdon 'The Jewel of the Weald' in Kent.

 
 
Lewes Castle - East Sussex click to go to site.

Lewes Castle - East Sussex

This imposing Norman castle, offers magnificent views across the town of Lewes and the surrounding downland. The adjacent Barbican House holds an extensive collection of local history and archaeological artefacts.

 
Michelham Priory and Gardens - Nr Hailsham East Sussex click to go to site.

Michelham Priory and Gardens - Nr Hailsham East Sussex

Enter through the 14th century gatehouse and wander in seven acres of gardens and tour the historic house. The range of furniture and artefacts on display trace the property's religious origins and its development over 800 years to a grand country house.

 
Monk's House - East Sussex click to go to site.

Monk's House - East Sussex

The 17th Century country retreat of Leonard and Virginia Woolf, Monk's House lies in the heart of rural Sussex.  Step back in time and explore this fascinating cottage and attractive garden.

 
Newhaven Fort - East Sussex click to go to site.

Newhaven Fort - East Sussex

Offering the perfect family day out there is much to explore at Newhaven Fort including the vast echoing tunnels built into the chalk cliffs. There are breathtaking panoramic views of the the South Downs and Sussex coast. This scheduled ancient monument tells the story of life in a Victorian Fortress and the military museum demonstrates the Fort's role during two World Wars.

 
Pashley Manor Gardens - Ticehurst East Sussex click to go to site.

Pashley Manor Gardens - Ticehurst East Sussex

On the Sussex, Kent border it is a quintessential English garden offering a sumptuous blend of romantic landscaping, imaginative plantings and fine old trees, fountains, springs and large ponds.

 
Pevensey Castle - Nr Eastbourne East Sussex click to go to site.

Pevensey Castle - Nr Eastbourne East Sussex

Pevensey Castle chronicles more graphically than any other fortress the story of Britain's south coast defences. Beginning in the 4th century as one of the last and strongest Roman 'Saxon Shore' forts - two thirds of whose towered walls still stand, it was the landing place of William the Conqueror's army in 1066.

 
Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway - New Romney Kent click to go to site.

Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway - New Romney Kent

The world's smallest public railway running on a 15 inch gauge between Hythe and Dungeness, a ride of 13.50 miles. It is viewed as one of the railway wonders of the world.

 
The Royal Pavilion - Brighton East Sussex click to go to site.

The Royal Pavilion - Brighton East Sussex

The Royal Pavilion's lavish interiors combine Chinese-style decorations with magnificent furniture and furnishings. Adorned with gilded dragons, carved palm trees and immitation bamboo staircases, the Palaces' unique style mixes Asian exoticism with English eccentricity. Daring and inventive colours feature throughout and there are many original items on loan from HM The Queen.

 
 
Scotney Castle - Lamberhurst Kent click to go to site.

Scotney Castle - Lamberhurst Kent

A Victorian country house and romantic garden with 14th century moated medieval castle owned by the National Trust and set in a beautiful wooded estate.

 
Sea Life Centre - Brighton East Sussex click to go to site.

Sea Life Centre - Brighton East Sussex

The Brighton Sea Life Centre offers a fun and educational day out whatever the weather. There are over 150 species and 57 displays. Watch in amazement as giant turtles and sharks glide above you in the underwater tunnel.

 
Seven Sisters Country Park - East Sussex click to go to site.

Seven Sisters Country Park - East Sussex

Situated at Cuckmere Haven, the park comprises 280 hectares of chalk cliffs, meandering river valley and open chalk grassland. It is a popular place for a number of outdoor activities including walking, birdwatching, cycling and canoeing. The Country Park is named after the famous Seven Sisters that form part of the chalk cliffs on the Sussex Heritage Coast, one of Britain's finest unspoilt coastlines.

 
Sheffield Park Garden - East Sussex click to go to site.

Sheffield Park Garden - East Sussex

Internationally renowned landscape garden and parkland. Magnificent 'Capability' Brown landscaped garden, waterfalls, cascades and four large lakes. There is a profusion of colour all year, including bluebells, rhododendrons and trees with spectacular autumnal colours. Sheffield Park is home to the National Collection of Ghent azaleas.

 
Sissinghurst Castle and Garden - Cranbrook Kent click to go to site.

Sissinghurst Castle and Garden - Cranbrook Kent

Sissingshurst's beautiful garden surround the remains of an Elizabethan Mansion. Admire views over the gardens and of the fabulous Wealden countryside from the top of the Elizabethan tower.

 
The Old Dungeness Lighthouse - Dungeness Kent click to go to site.

The Old Dungeness Lighthouse - Dungeness Kent

The Old Lighthouse is an Historic Grade 11 building which recently celebrated its centenary. Opened with great ceremony by His Royal Majesty the Prince of Wales in 1904 after a 3 year build, it survived two world wars before decommission in 1960.

 
The Shipwreck & Coastal Heritage Centre - Hastings East Sussex click to go to site.

The Shipwreck & Coastal Heritage Centre - Hastings East Sussex

The Centre is in the heart of Hastings on the fishing Stade beside the medieval Old Town. It tells the fascinating stories of the shipwrecks that have been discovered around the area and has many artefacts from these wrecks on display.

 

Latest Blogs

Arty Sussex

Sussex is full of art galleries, some of them in the most suprising places.......
 

A Taste Of Sussex

Glorious local food is on offer all over Sussex this autumn, find out where you can taste our harvest......