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East Sussex Visitor Travel Guide Page

We have compiled a travel and holiday information guide to help with your holiday stay in East Sussex.

About East Sussex

Beachy Head Lighthouse, East Sussex

The county of East Sussex can be found in the south east of England and is a county that is packed with history and attractions. The area is an archaeological hot spot with many remains from the Saxons settlements still being discovered from way back in the 5th century.

The county has witnessed many of the first stages of invasions from the mainland of Europe including attacks by the Normans and Romans. The medieval industries of fishing, wool-making and iron-making were prevalent during the early years of its life and nowadays the county survives due to its tourism and coastal resorts.

The coast of East Sussex links onto the English Channel and the seaside towns of Brighton and Eastbourne attract both domestic and foreign tourists who can't get enough of the sandy beaches and piers that offer a real vintage taste of British holiday making. There is also potential to venture to the mainland of Europe by taking the ferry or train to France.

Hastings is also the scene of the famous battle of 1066 where William the Conqueror succeeded to set the tone of British royalty for the next thousand years. The Long Man of Wilmington is also a fantastic sight of beauty worth visiting.


Attractions & Heritage Sites within East Sussex

1. Royal Pavilion - 4/5 Pavilion Buildings, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1EE - Tel No: 03000 290900

The early 19th century Royal Pavilion existed first as a farmhouse. The site was later transformed into an elaborate oriental palace for the notable Prince George.

2. Seven Sisters Country Park - Seaford, East Sussex, BN25 4AD - Tel No: 01323 870280

Named for the chalk cliffs that form a section of the Sussex coast, the country park encompasses over 250 hectares of rolling hills, river valley and expansive grassland.

3. Battle Abbey - Battle, East Sussex, TN33 0AD - Tel No: 01424 775705

William the Conqueror and his Norman Army won a famous battle against the Saxons to be crowned King of England in 1066. As a promise to God and as penance for lives lost, William constructed the Battle Abbey.

4. Herstmonceux Castle - Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 1RN - Tel No: 01323 834444

The 15th century Tudor brick castle was named for the union of an English noblewoman and a Norman nobleman. The moat surrounding the castle is so large; it appears the estate lies on an island.


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Towns and Villages in East Sussex

East Sussex has some lovely towns and villages to explore, below is a list with a short summary and link to more information about it and pictures.

  • Battle - is the historic site of the influential Battle of Hastings in 1066... More...
  • Bexhill on Sea - was a quiet town in East Sussex until the 19th century... More...
  • Brighton - boasts a variety of cultural events that occur throughout the year... More...
  • Crowborough - is a very small picturesque town directly south of Ashdown Forest... More...
  • Eastbourne - origins date back towards the Stone Age... More...
  • Hastings - is as equally famous as Battle with its involvement in the Battle of Hastings... More...
  • Lewes - Downs is a designated nature reserve and conservation area that is rich and diverse in wildlife... More...
  • Newhaven - is a port town on the East Sussex coast... More...
  • Pevensey - overcame centuries of conflict to become the miniature seaside resort that it is today... More...
  • Rye - is a charming town that still provides an authentic medieval feeling... More...
  • Uckfield - offers the visitor several appealing activities and attractions... More...
  • Winchelsea - was lost due to a plethora of great storms that plagued the region centuries ago... More...

Useful Contact Information for East Sussex

Battle Tourist Information Centre
Battle Abbey, High Street, Battle, East Sussex, TN33 0AD
Tel No: 01424 773721

Brighton Tourist Information Centre
Royal Pavilion Shop, Brighton, BN1 1EE
Tel No: 03003 000088

Eastbourne Tourist Information Centre
Cornfield Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 4QA
Tel No: 0871 663 0031

Hastings Tourist Information Centre
Queens Square, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 1TL
Tel No: 01424 781111

Lewes Tourist Information Centre
High Street, Lewes, BN7 2DE
Tel No: 01273 483448

Rye Tourist Information Centre
Lion Street, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 7LB
Tel No: 01797 229049

Seaford Tourist Information Centre
Church Street, Seaford, East Sussex, BN25 1HG
Tel No: 01323 897426