Head along the coast road, through the towns of Seaford and Rottingdean, to the resort of Brighton. Also known as ‘Doctor Brighton’ and ‘London by the Sea’, the unique blend of outrageous architecture and quaint streets has made Brighton England’s most fashionable resort for over 200 years. Wander ‘The Lanes’, the oldest quarter, lined with 17th century fishermen’s cottages.
At the heart of rural Sussex lies the beautiful county market town of Lewes - a mixture of the unusual and intriguing and so typically Sussex. Its medieval streets, old English churches and tiny twittens (a Sussex word for alleyway) allow visitors a glimpse into the true essence of bygone Lewes. Although surrounded by chalk cliffs, the townscape is dominated by the remains of a Norman castle and is also home to the handsome townhouse of Anne of Cleves (fourth wife of King Henry Vlll). For beer lovers, it is also home to the excellent Harveys Brewery!
Hastings & Rye
To the east of Eastbourne, we find Hastings, a seaside resort and fishing port. The tall, wooden huts used for drying the fishing nets still remain. It’s better known for the battle of Hastings in 1066. However, the most famous battle in England’s history actually took place 7 miles further north, where the small town of Battle lies. West of the old town is the beach, and beyond that you’ll find lots of Georgian and Victorian buildings. Hastings also boasts a lively arts scene. The medieval and walled town and port of Rye is a little further along the coast, with twisting cobbled streets and lanes and some great old buildings, many of them timber framed. St Mary’s church has one of the oldest functioning church turret clocks in the country. You can see it up close by climbing the tower which also offers splendid views of Rye Bay