There are a number of ways to ensure you get to see our beautiful country and get around the local area.
The BISC runs a free minibus service. This is to ensure students can get to their volunteering commitments, experiential learning opportunities, local towns and sites of interest. These minibuses may also take students to train stations for ventures further afield and, where possible in the schedule, to sports clubs, societies, local concerts and events. A weekly timetable is published on the internal website and at both receptions, and students can sign up to guarantee a seat on the bus (subject to availability).
For regular commitments please contact Student Services and we will do our best to accommodate you. Due to experiential learning opportunities and volunteering commitments, it may be the case that the minibus is unable to take you to where you want to go. Don’t be disheartened, there are other ways.
You can also sign up for spare seats on experiential learning opportunities – subject to availability. This can be a great way of getting a free ride to London or of exploring the local area, depending on the experiential learning opportunity on offer.
From Herstmonceux there is a regular public bus system connecting you to, amongst others, Eastbourne, Hailsham and Pevensey. From there you may get connecting trains or buses further afield. View the travel timetable.
The village of Herstmonceux is a 30 minute easy walk. The village is also home to an award-winning coffee shop, two pubs, two restaurants (Eastern Promise, and The Sundial), the Herstmonceux Integrated Health Centre (doctor’s office), pharmacy, Post Office and general store. You can also walk cross-country to The Lamb Inn at Wartling in approximately 30 minutes.
You are encouraged to wear high visibility clothing, and to walk against the flow of traffic so that road users can see you in plenty of time. You are strongly advised not to walk on the road from the BISC to Wartling as cars travel extremely quickly along the country roads (some speed limits are as high as 60mph/97kmh). Please check your route before walking to the Lamb Inn as parts of the route are not sign posted clearly.
Taxis can be relatively expensive (approx. £20 to Eastbourne, £13 to Polegate train Station, £50 to Brighton) - you are encouraged to group together where possible for economy and safety. A one-way to/from London Gatwick airport is approximately £65, and £95 for a one-way to/from London Heathrow airport.
The BISC has a discount arrangement with a local firm who will do late night pick-ups from the local hotspots as well as airport runs. There is a free phone in Bader Reception.
Polegate and Battle train stations are both approximately 15 minutes from the Castle with regular trains to London (1.5 hours away), Brighton (33 minutes away) and further afield. Battle station takes you to London Charing Cross while Polegate serves Gatwick Airport and London Victoria. Train times and tickets can be checked with these sites and remember: it is always cheaper to book in advance.