Guide To Holidaying In East Sussex
A guide by Tasha Savell
Places to visit while staying at a holiday cottage in East Sussex
Truly a fascinating mix of sleek city pleasures, laid back beach life and untouched countryside. On one hand you will experience sophistication and on the other an obvious wildness!
Visit where some people say history in England began, in 1066, at the site where the Battle of Hastings took place. With the audio tour, the battle comes to life and you can even stand on the spot where King Harold fell.
East Sussex is studded with castles. The first Romans built the Rye Castle, which is now a museum, Camber Castle as well as Hastings Castle. Bodiam is a true fairytale castle, with spiral staircases, towers and a moat.
Take a look at some of the historic houses; from farmhouses and cottages to mansions and palaces, you will find. East Sussex has also been home to many writers and artists over the years, including Rudyard Kipling, writer of The Jungle Book. He lived at Bateman's in Burwash from 1902 till 1936 where you can still see his manuscripts and mementoes from India in his study, and his Rolls Royce is even still parked in the garage!
You can easily imagine how life used to be by simply strolling around the ancient villages and towns or Rye, Lewes, Hastings and Brighton's Lanes. If you fancy a walk, start with the famous South Downs Way or walk over Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters. The 1066 County Walk from Pevensey to Rye is excellent for bird watching in the marshy areas, and the high point at the Devil's Dyke is the perfect place for kite flying. An ancient hunting ground for kings exists at Ashdown Forest where you can enjoy scenic walks and stumble across secret picnic places.
East Sussex has over 80km of coastline, ranging from sandy beaches to pebble beaches, complete with medieval harbours and wild cliff faces. Whether you want a traditionally well known family beach, such as Brighton, or a quieter secret place, such as Camber beach with its golden sands, you are sure to be impressed with what East Sussex has to offer. You can even explore the rock pools at Birling Gap when the tide is low.
Brighton has lively cafes, bars and restaurants along the beachfront as well as the Fishing Museum and Artist's Quarter which is where the local artists sell their work. Colourful mosaics and unique sculptures also appear along the beach.
All year round there is something to do, such as: cycling, walking, climbing, skating, boat cruises and water taxis, to name but a few. It is easy to promise the kids they will never get bored!
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