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Discover East Sussex

A photograph of a monument in Seven Sisters Country ParkThe county of Sussex is located on the South East coast of England, giving excellent access to the whole of Europe. The region of Sussex is a very desirable place to live as well as being extremely popular with tourists from all over the world.

Sussex is a largely prosperous area of the country with rich farmland, rolling countryside with plenty of wooded areas. It is home to the famous South Downs National Park and the Seven Sisters Country Park.

Brighton and Chichester are the two cities located in Sussex. Brighton is just 25 miles from Herstmonceux Castle and is a very popular destination for shopping, live music, days out and nightlife. It is known as ‘London by the Sea’ and also as ‘Silicon Beach’ due to a large number of media, digital and technology businesses based there.

Due to the geographical location and its close proximity to France, Sussex has been subject to some of England’s major invasions, including the Roman invasion of Britain and the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

The weather in Sussex is some of the best in the country, with mild winters and warmer climates throughout the year.

While you are staying in Sussex you can visit many historical locations, beautiful countryside and stunning coastlines.

South Downs National Park & Seven Sisters Country Park

The South Downs National Park covers an area of almost 1000 square miles and is recognised as an area of outstanding beauty. Thanks to the type of land, weather patterns and the way that the land is managed, many rare and important wildlife species thrive in the South Downs.

The National Park is home to vibrant working communities steeped in history and traditional English culture; from the ancient cathedral city of Winchester in the west to the bustling market town of Lewes in the east.

There is so much to do and see in this area:

The Seven Sisters Country Park comprises 280 hectares of breath taking chalk cliffs, the beautiful Cuckmere River, and Beachy Head. 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.

A photograph of the chalk cliffs at Seven Sisters Country Park

Here are Herstmonceux Castle’s top 5 things to do in Sussex:

Brighton & Hove

The city of Brighton is often referred to as London by the sea due to a vibrant culture and impressive social scene. Brighton has a lot to offer, whether you want to shop, enjoy the cafe culture or party the night away. A unique mix of heritage, culture and cosmopolitan fun, Brighton’s beachfront is a playground of swimming, sailing, basketball and volleyball.

A photograph of the Royal PavilionAway from the water you can enjoy a day at Brighton Races or watch Brighton & Hove Albion at the fantastic Amex Stadium.

Being such a compact city most places to visit in Brighton and Hove are walkable. Experience the heritage of the Royal Pavilion, indulge in the seaside fun of Brighton Pier or visit to Brighton and Hove Museums.

For some of the best club nights in the country check out Brighton’s seafront clubs and bars, nestling underneath the Victorian beachfront arches, or see top bands perform at one of the various venues across the city.

If you're looking to put a creative edge into your shopping, Brighton Lanes offer a shopper’s paradise of independent shops and boutiques. Brighton Lanes' historic quarter is a fabulous maze of twisting alleyways offering an extraordinary mix of antiques and jewellery shops nestling alongside designer boutique fashion. You'll often find buskers livening up the streets, making the Lanes a great place for the battle worn shopper to grab a coffee and soak up the history to the sounds of some live jazz.

A photograph of a bus and buildings in Brighton

Here are Herstmonceux Castle’s top 5 things to do in Brighton:

Hastings

This cosmopolitan town is home to the largest beach-launched fishing fleet in Europe, the remains of the first castle in England to be built by William the Conqueror, a preserved Old Town and a strong local arts community.

Old Town is a charming mix of half-timbered houses, narrow streets and passageways, locally known as ‘twittens’. Both the Shipwreck Museum and the Fishermen’s Museum vividly recall old seafaring days and famous local sunken ships.

Next to the museums are the impressive tall black Net Huts, Hastings Fish Market offering fresh fish caught in an environmentally friendly way, fish stalls, seafood restaurants and cafes.

Deep in the West Hill you will see Hastings smuggling heritage come to life at Smugglers Adventure in St Clements Caves and below you will find Pelham Beach, a delightful blend of shingle and sand.

A photograph of the beach and town of Hastings

Here are Herstmonceux Castle’s top 5 things to do in Hastings:

Eastbourne

A photograph of a beach in EastbourneEastbourne is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the South East of England due largely to the award winning beaches, Victorian seafront and high levels of sunshine compared to the rest of the UK.

The South Downs protects Eastbourne from harsh weather and help Eastbourne regularly achieve the record for the sunniest place in Great Britain.

Eastbourne has much to offer with events running throughout the year, including a very big theatre culture. London Philharmonic Orchestra makes regular appearances at the Congress Theatre, outdoor events are held at the Bandstand and other Eastbourne venues such as the Devonshire Theatre, Winter Gardens and the Royal Hippodrome.

A photograph of the Eastbourne Pier

Here are Herstmonceux Castle’s top 5 things to do in Eastbourne: