Local attractions

Historic Rye (one of the Cinque Ports)

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These ancient buildings, cobbled streets and secret passages, once the haunt of smugglers and highwaymen, regularly attract film crews in search of historical settings for period productions.

St Mary’s church tower (usually open to the public) offers the best viewpoint to show the terracotta roofs of the many timbered houses.

 

1066 Battle of Hastings – Abbey & Battlefield

                              High Street Battle

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Stand at the centre of the landscape where England’s future was fought. Imagine the battle as you follow in the footsteps of King Harold and William the Conqueror. Uncover the stories of the day, all vividly brought to life in the exhibition and audio tour.

Bodiam Castle

              Bodiam, Nr Robertsbridge TN32 5UA

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Reputed to be one of Britain’s most picturesque and evocative castles. Spiral staircases, battlements, portcullis and murder holes, windows, towers and ruins all add to the ambiance.

Eastbourne Airshow

                                    17 – 20 August 2017

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Attracting huge crowds, Eastbourne’s International Airshow boasts a 2 mile flying display line along Eastbourne seafront and regularly features the very best in military and civilian aviation display teams including the much loved RAF Red Arrows.

Ground displays open 10am – 6pm daily, with flying from lunchtime until approx. 5pm. The Airbourne Live beach stage continues into the early evening.

 

 

Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare

                                  The Broyle, Ringmer, East Sussex, BN8 5AJ

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At Raystede we are passionate about the wellbeing of all animals and are committed to giving them the best possible life.  We rescue, rehome and provide sanctuary for more than 2000 animals each year.

Raystede is free to visit almost every day of the year and very important to our work is our educational service, used by schools in East Sussex and beyond. We also offer guidance to all ages on caring for animals.

 

Bluebell Railway

                               Sheffield Park East Sussex TN22 3QL

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The Bluebell railway operates along an 11-mile track between Sheffield Park and the ancient market town of East Grinstead.  A round trip lasts around one and three-quarter hours.Trains run daily between Easter & October

 

Anne of Cleves House Museum

                              Southover High Street, Lewes

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At Anne of Cleves House, you can explore how the Tudors and Elizabethans lived, worked and relaxed at home.  Find out about the part played by this beautiful medieval house in the story of one of England’s most famous kings, Henry VIII.  Other highlights include the authentically furnished kitchen and the garden which uses traditional plants and Tudor planting schemes.

 

Wakehurst

                                Ardingly, Nr Haywards Heath RH17 6TN

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Wakehurst is a beautiful botanic gardens managed by the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.  Set in 465 acres of country estate it boasts ornamental gardens, temperate woodlands, a nature reserve, and an Elizabethan mansion.  It also hosts the “Millennium Seed Bank”

 

The Royal Pavilion Brighton

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Built by King George IV it was also used by King Willian IV and Queen Victoria.  It has been restored to its original 1823 splendour with Indian architecture contrasted with interiors inspired by China.

It is a very short walk to also visit the famous “Lanes” of Brighton and the new I360 viewing tower which rises 450ft above the sea front to give a 26-mile panoramic view.

Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre

                                Station Road, Amberley, Near Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9LT

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Dedicated to the industrial heritage of the South East, exhibits include a narrow-gauge railway and bus service (both provide free nostalgic travel around the site), Connected Earth Telecommunications Hall, Milne Electricity Hall, Printing Workshop and much more. The Museum is also home to traditional craftspeople, such as the blacksmith and potter.

Weald & Downland Open Air Museum

                              Town Lane in Singleton PO18 0EU

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Visit a collection of 50 historic buildings which tell the stories of the men, women and children who lived and worked in them over a 950-year period, many are furnished to recreate historic domestic interiors. There are domestic and craft demonstrations, including cooking in our Tudor; blacksmithing in our Victorian smithy.

 

Chichester Cathedral

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This magnificent Cathedral has stood at the centre of Chichester for over 900 years. With unique architecture from each century of its life, this Cathedral is both ancient and modern, where original medieval features sit alongside world famous contemporary artworks.

The Cathedral is open every day and all year with free entry.  Visitors can enjoy the historic Cathedral Close and the beautiful Bishop’s Palace Gardens, both only a few steps away.