East Sussex Hotels
From Brighton to the South Downs, East Sussex offers great interest and variety. Home to some of southern England's loveliest scenery including the Weald and Beachy Head, it also features historic attractions such as Hastings, with its battlefield, and Arundel and Bodiam Castles. Or organise a great family day out: visit the world's oldest aquarium at Brighton or award-winning Drusillas Park.
Things to see and do
Enjoy some old-fashioned seaside fun on Brighton Pier with its rides and attractions. Relive the Battle of Hastings with an audio guide. Climb the ramparts of moated Bodiam Castle, one of England's most evocative ancient fortresses, or roam the stunning interiors and see the many collections of Arundel Castle set in 40 acres of parkland. Walk over the South Downs loved by many English writers, poets and artists. Or hire a bike and cycle the Weald, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with its rolling grasslands, sunken lanes, historic buildings and picturesque villages.
Among the famous writers to make their home in East Sussex was Rudyard Kipling and his house, Batemans, set in extensive grounds, is a National Trust property. So too is Monk's House near Lewes, where Virginia Woolf created some of her best known work. Or visit nearby Charleston, home of Vanessa Bell, Woolf's sister and Duncan Grant and a regular Bloomsbury Group venue.
The pretty seaside town of Rye is also well worth a visit. Wander its medieval cobbled streets and narrow alleys. Take in the views from the castle towers, visit Lamb House, the home of the writer Henry James, and lunch at the 15th-century Mermaid Tavern, a favourite haunt of smugglers.
Arts and Culture
See fine art at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery or catch theatre productions before they hit the West End at the Theatre Royal, Brighton.
Eating and drinking
Cosmopolitan Brighton offers the most varied choice of dining but good food can be found at a range of venues including The Pilgrim's Restaurant in Battle, which specialises in ultra-fresh, locally sourced produce, as does The George in Alfriston. East Sussex abounds in traditional village pubs. Try the 500-year-old Griffin Inn in Fletching, or The Anchor in Ashdown Forest.
Brighton is also best for a wide range of nightlife, whether you're looking for a night at the theatre or cinema, a concert – try Komedia – or clubbing, which the city is famed for.
For independent shops, try Brighton's Lanes. Battle is good for antiques as is Rye.
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