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Places to Visit, Things to Do and Days Out in East Sussex

East Sussex has a great many castles of historical interest including Bodiam and Herstmonceux and Battle Abbey, built to commemorate the Battle of Hastings. Places to Visit in East Sussex Pashley Manor Gardens and The Camellia at South Lodge, an Exclusive Hotel are listed below.
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Discover 11 acres of beautiful vistas - the culmination of a lifetime of passion for gardening. Special Events; Tulip Festival; Café with Terrace; Sculpture.
15.9 miles from the centre of East Sussex
The smart, chandeliered restaurant with its pristine napery opens out onto the terrace of this magnificent lodge with its beautifully maintained gardens. Head chef Richard Mann works with the hotel's local food heroes to produce a seasonal and distinctive dining menu served where possible from the well-stocked kitchen garden. Modern English dishes range from starters of beetroot and orange soup with coriander cress or smoked trout with new potato salad to main courses of pan fried seam bream...
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Step back in time at Michelham Priory. Most famous for the fact that it is the home of England's longest water-filled moat dating back to 1229, Michelham Priory in Hailsham was founded by Augustinian canons and has experienced a rocky history by way of the dissolution of the monasteries. These days, it's a lot calmer and makes for a lovely peaceful day out in the Sussex countryside. Inside the house you'll discover the history of this beautiful Tudor manor from medieval times up until its WW...
15.6 miles from the centre of East Sussex
Retreat to the tranquil gardens at Nymans Nymans beautiful extensive gardens developed throughout the 20th century by the Messel family, reflect the character of the founder and creativity of the plant hunters who explored worldwide. Indulge the senses with a spring visit to enjoy the blossom and carpets of delicate flowers, then return for the summer borders - a riot of colours and scents. The walled garden contains yellow and blue herbaceous borders, a huge wisteria pergola, a colle...
15.8 miles from the centre of East Sussex
Discover the beautiful Standen House and Gardens Standen is a family house built in the 1890s, a showpiece of the Arts & Crafts Movement designed by Philip Webb and decorated throughout with original William Morris carpets, fabrics and wallpapers. On display are contemporary paintings, tapestries, furniture and many of the original light fittings in a 1920's style. The terraced garden has fine views over the Sussex countryside.
14.2 miles from the centre of East Sussex
Wakehurst Place gardens, in the beautiful High Weald of Sussex, is an outstanding botanic garden and conservation area, managed by the Royal Botanic Gardens. A mild, friendly climate, a high rainfall and moisture-retentive soils, allows many important groups of plants, unable to be grown successfully at Kew, to flourish here. In the woodlands, there are trees from the temperate zones of the world. The planting styles range from formal walled gardens by the Mansion, through expansive specimen ...
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11.8 miles from the centre of East Sussex
Borde Hill is a beautiful Grade II* English Heritage listed garden set in 200 acres of parkland with magnificent views in the High Weald. Created by Colonel Stephenson Robert Clarke from seeds gathered by the great plant hunters of the early 1900's, it is renowned for its rare shrubs and trees.
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The Dining Room is a two AA Rosette restaurant situated in the heart of Buxted Park Hotel in East Sussex serving modern British favourites.
18.0 miles from the centre of East Sussex
Tilgate Forest is a hidden beauty. With a par 72 18 hole Championship course, nine hole lay-out and 35 bay floodlit driving range, it has everything you could want. Noted for tree-lined fairways, tough doglegs and well-guarded greens, it's said the challenge at Tilgate begins at the 433-yard par four left hand dog leg fourth which needs a long drive to the marker post leaves a 200 yard plus approach to a two-tier green, but beware the 513 yard par five 17th which has a narrow target off the t...
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Step back in time at Preston Manor Dating from c.1600, rebuilt in 1738 and substantially added to in 1905, Preston Manor gives a rare insight into life during the early years of the 20th century. Explore more than twenty rooms over four floors, from the servant's quarters, kitchens and butlers pantry in the basement to the attic bedrooms and nursery on the top floor. Preston Manor also comprises walled gardens and a fascinating pets cemetery. Preston Manor is a delightful old Manor H...
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Explore one of the best museums in Brighton Overlooking the pretty Dyke Road park in Brighton, the Booth Museum of Natural History provides an educational visit about birds, butterflies, fossils, bones and skeletons. The museum is home to more than half a million specimens and there is natural history literature and data which goes back more than three centuries. Think you know your birds? Go and test yourself - there are hundreds of British birds displayed in their recreated natur...
16.6 miles from the centre of East Sussex
This 17th-century mansion set in 175 acres of Sussex parkland was once home to the poet Shelley. He'd hardly recognise the place now with its trendy “Reflections” brasserie and al fresco dining “Flames” courtyard. He might feel more at home in the elegant fine dining restaurant with its well spaced tables covered with linen and calming views of the grounds. The modern menu takes its inspiration from across Europe and might include a French-style starter of orange scented diver scallops with b...
16.6 miles from the centre of East Sussex
The Utopia Spa at Alexander House Hotel is an award-winning spa nestled in the heart of West Sussex. The Utopia Spa opened in 2008 and upholds a five luxury bubble award from the Good Spa Guide. The spa is renowned for its Grecian-inspired interiors, variety of facilities & customer care.
15.9 miles from the centre of East Sussex
Many restaurants these days have a chefs table where you can watch all the action of a professional kitchen. At South Lodge Hotel, we've gone one better and put all the restaurant tables in the kitchen so no one has to miss out on any of the fun. The contemporary design features sumptuous leather stools, banquette seating and wall mounted monitors relaying action from the part of the kitchen you can't see from your seat. The food is as cutting edge as the concept, with between four and twelve...
15.8 miles from the centre of East Sussex
Discover the beautiful Standen House and Gardens Standen House and Gardens are a love song to the Arts and Crafts movement and tell the tale of 1920s family life through all manner of artefacts and furniture. The hillside gardens that surround the house are under restoration to return to the design created by Mrs Beale, the owner of Standen. Staff use her diaries to recreate the lost garden features and historic plant collections of the past, the result being a garden that is brought ...
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Explore fantastic displays at Sheffield Park Sheffield Park´s magnificent, informal landscape garden was laid out in the 18th century by Capability Brown and further developed in the early years of the 20th century by its owner Arthur G Soames. The original four lakes form the centrepiece. There are dramatic shows of daffodils and bluebells in spring, and the rhododendrons, Ghent azaleas and the stream garden are spectacular in early summer. Autumn brings stunning colours from the many...
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Find an artistic paradise inside The Brighton Museum & Art Gallery Built as a seaside pleasure palace for King George IV, this iconic Brighton building sits in the heart of the buzzy Brighton city centre. Brighton Museum and Art Gallery houses a cornucopia of fabulous art, from 20th century furniture, glass and textiles to jewellery, ceramics and earthenware. Explore the Willett Gallery, which focuses on 18th and 19th century British social history through its earthenware exhibits, ...
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Ashdown Park Spa, located in a gorgeous English country house hotel, has a wide range of Health and Beauty treatments available. All the treatments are individually tailored to your needs. Prescription facials, aromatherapy massages, body and heat treatments, solarium, manicures, pedicures and make-overs are all on the menu and the professional therapists are always on hand to help and advise on the treatments best suited to you.
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If you've never visited the pretty town of Lewes, which sits within the glorious South Downs just a few miles from bustling Brighton and the coast, a trip to Lewes Castle and Barbican House Museum is a great way to familiarize yourself with this historic part of Sussex. Lewes Castle's construction began soon after the conquest of 1066 (at the behest of William The Conqueror's brother-in-law) and stands apart from other castles of its era thanks to its two mottes (only Lincoln shares this trai...
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That's She! The Only She! Make an honest woman of her - quick!' was how Rudyard Kipling described Bateman's when he first saw it. Surrounded by the Sussex Weald, this Jacobean house provided a much-needed sanctuary for this world-famous writer. The rooms remain much as he left them, including the study where he wrote many of his major works.
15.9 miles from the centre of East Sussex
High Beeches Garden is a woodland garden of many glades which has been sensitively planted with many beautiful rare trees and shrubs to enhance the natural High Weald landscape. The ancient wildflower meadow is one of the best in the country, attracting vast numbers of butterflies and pollinators. The autumn colour is spectacular.
14.3 miles from the centre of East Sussex
The Priest House Gardens, in the grounds of Priest House, is a formal herb garden with over 150 culinary, medicinal and household herbs. Visit the Priest House for a wonderful collection of historical curiosities, showcasing farm heritage and fascinating historical household items.
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The 16th-century Griffin Inn oozes old world charm with low beamed ceilings and uneven floorboards. Guests are greeted with blazing log fires in winter or can enjoy the attractive terrace in the warmer months, where they can also watch lamb and steak roasting in the wood burning oven. The bar serves comforting food which is a step above regular pub grub such as char-grilled Fletching pork chop with roasted celeriac, pancetta, fennel and salsa verde. The restaurant offers a more tranquil se...
14.3 miles from the centre of East Sussex
Built in the 15th century, The Priest House has been open as a museum since 1908. Its furnished rooms contain a fascinating array of 17th and 18th century domestic furniture, needlework and household items. Outside a formal herb garden contains over 150 culinary, medicinal and household herbs.
19.9 miles from the centre of East Sussex
With its latticed windows, wonky ceilings and oak-beams, the Old House Inn is a 16th century converted farm worker's cottage has been recently renovated and is now home to a country dining inn with rooms. A series of inviting interlinking rooms are decked out in warm rustic fabrics, banquette seating and chunky leather armchairs with a roaring log fire to complete the homely picture. The Head Chef uses locally sourced ingredients and creates exceptional creative dishes alongside a select...
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Discover a world of art and history in The Hove Museum and Art Gallery If you're looking for things to do in Brighton and Hove, The Hove Museum and Art Gallery is a must. Housed in a Italianate Victorian villa which sits in a tranquil garden just off the busy New Church Road a two minute walk from the seafront. Once the home of a wealthy widow, then a place to house German PoWs during WW2, this gorgeous building has a treasure trove of exhibits. If you have children, head straight to...
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With quite a number of accolades and awards under its belt, The Mirabelle is one of Eastbourne's best restaurants and the AA Rosette in Eastbourne!
18.0 miles from the centre of East Sussex
The 9-hole Kingfisher golf course at Mannings Heath is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty. This picturesque par 36 course, measuring 3314 yards (3030 meters) offers breathtaking, panoramic views across the South Downs of Sussex.
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18.0 miles from the centre of East Sussex
Designed by the great Harry Colt, this ultra-exclusive par 72 course is a hybrid, a mix of heathland, downland and parkland. The Waterfall is a scenic and challenging course that demands accuracy from the tee and presents a fair test of golf for every calibre of golfer.
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Explore the gardens of Michelham Priory A turn around the gardens at Michelham Priory is a further education in the history of this beautiful site, such is the care that has been taken to ensure many plantings are authentic and true to a medieval garden. Expect plenty of fruit, vegetables and herbs as these would have been essential daily ingredients for the priory's original inhabitants. The rows of apple and pear trees underplanted with wild daffodils make a dreamy, contemplative sigh...
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Discover a world of colour inside The Royal Pavilion Built as a seaside pleasure palace for King George IV, this iconic Brighton Building mixes Regency grandeur with the visual style of India and China. Wander the halls with an audio tour (there are two types, for adults and children) and lose yourself in the luxurious, indulgent world of the Prince of Wales who, by the way, is said to have underground passages from the Pavilion to the homes of his lovers. When you've done the tour, l...
11.7 miles from the centre of East Sussex
Nobody does eco-spa quite like Ockenden Manor Spa, a modern retreat built respectfully, and to the highest spec, inside a 19th Century walled garden in West Sussex. Step inside and find yourself surrounded by contemporary finishes of soft fabric sofas, floor-to-ceiling windows and a curved reception, blended with natural elements and textures of wood, stone and bamboo alongside relaxing woodland imagery. Recoup on the stylish curved ergonomic loungers, finished in dark wood and topped off wit...
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Henry VIII and his wives have fascinated the British for generations so it's little wonder that Anne of Cleves' House, tucked away in rural Sussex, is such a popular visitor attraction. Anne was given the house in 1541 as part of her divorce settlement from the king and this timber-framed Wealdon hall-house now has a large collection of interesting local artefacts. The house's interior (which by the way wouldn't look out of place today on a chic boutique hotel website), with its timber beams ...
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A splendid maple tree overlooks an adult only sun terrace and attractive gardens provide wonderful views of the South Downs at this nineteenth-century country pub. As many ingredients as possible are sourced locally with roasted breast of Horsted Keynes pheasant on pearl barley and smoky bacon risotto appearing among the main course choices. Pub classics such as local pork and herb sausages with mashed potato and bittersweet red onion jam are also done well. However, there are nods towards ...
14.3 miles from the centre of East Sussex
Owned variously by Henry VIII, Anne of Cleves, Mary I and Elizabeth I, The Priesthouse, sitting on the edge of the Ashdown Forest in Sussex, is a 15th century Wealdon Hall house laid out and furnished in 17th and 18th century style. Period furniture and domestic objects set the scene inside while outside the garden is planted with 170 culinary, medicinal and household herbs. Take a tour with the resident curator to find out all about this fascinating building (picnics are welcome in the groun...
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Charleston is a house, garden and art gallery in the South Downs. From 1916, the house was home to Bloomsbury group artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant.
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Widely known as the best small zoo in Europe, Drusillas Park offers a fun-tastic day out getting nose-to-nose with exotic animals, rides and play areas.
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Bateman's is the charming and fascinating family home of Rudyard Kipling. Nestled in the spectacular Sussex Weald, the house was a haven of peace for the writer and his family. Rooms have been left much as they were when Kipling lived there, and the stunning English gardens surrounding the house are a joy to explore.
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Henry VIII and his wives have fascinated the British for generations so it's little wonder that Anne of Cleves' House, tucked away in rural Sussex, is such a popular visitor attraction. Anne was given the house in 1541 as part of her divorce settlement from the king and this timber-framed Wealdon hall-house now has a large collection of interesting local artefacts. The house's interior (which by the way wouldn't look out of place today on a chic boutique hotel website), with its timber beams ...
11.7 miles from the centre of East Sussex
Set in nine acres of beautifully maintained grounds, the Elizbethan period Ockenden Manor feels a world away from everyday life. In fact, you're just a few yards from Cuckfield Village High Street and a short drive from Gatwick. With its views across the gardens towards the South Downs National Park makes a romantic setting for acclaimed chef. Stephen Crane's highly accomplished French cooking. Inventive starters might include honey roast wood pigeon with crispy apple beignets, foie gras parf...
8.0 miles from the centre of East Sussex
This self-guided murder mystery investigation takes you on a real-life adventure through the heart of Brighton. Hunt high and low, past grand Georgian buildings
15.9 miles from the centre of East Sussex
Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens is considered to be 'The Finest Woodland Gardens in England'. First planted in 1801, the Grade I Listed gardens on the 240-acre Estate, featuring outstanding scenery and wildlife throughout the year. The gardens are particularly majestic as they bloom in spring, or take on the colours of autumn.
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From fitness to pampering, The Grand Hotel's Health Club offers something for everyone. Hotel guests have full use of the Health Club, and it also offers membership and day passes by appointment. Offering a full range of spa treatments, beauty therapies and pampering sessions, it's the ultimate destination for relaxation.
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Discover a world of colour inside The Royal Pavilion Built as a seaside pleasure palace for King George IV, this iconic Brighton Building mixes Regency grandeur with the visual style of India and China. Wander the halls with an audio tour (there are two types, for adults and children) and lose yourself in the luxurious, indulgent world of the Prince of Wales who, by the way, is said to have underground passages from the Pavilion to the homes of his lovers. When you've done the tour, l...
15.9 miles from the centre of East Sussex
Michelin Star Restaurant Interlude is a contemporary restaurant set within the historic woodland gardens of Leonardslee Estate. Chef Jean Delport and his team a
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25.4 miles from the centre of East Sussex
The Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden has been exhibiting contemporary sculpture in a magical setting for 35 years. Nestled in a woodland valley with ponds and a large stream, an ever-changing collection of sculpture is thoughtfully presented through the landscaped gardens.
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26.1 miles from the centre of East Sussex
Emmetts Garden sits on one of Kent's highest points, and it enjoys exceptional views across the Weald. Once owned by Frederic Lubbock, the estate is still a family home, as well as a plant lover's dream, with many rare and exotic plants and trees from around the world.
25.6 miles from the centre of East Sussex
Chartwell was the beloved family home of Sir Winston Churchill from 1922 until his death in 1965. In times of war and peace, whether in power or in the political wilderness, it never failed him. Churchill was particularly drawn to the estate's breath-taking views across the Weald of Kent - a view that remains unspoilt today.
22.3 miles from the centre of East Sussex
Scotney offers a 14th century castle, complete with a moat, along with a charming country house and a romantic garden, all surrounded by a stunning woodland estate. Visitors can relax in the gorgeous gardens, with the fairytale castle behind, or stroll out in the 770 acres of parkland and woodland.
25.6 miles from the centre of East Sussex
Discover the Life and Times of Winston Churchill at Chartwell The family home and garden of Sir Winston Churchill, Chartwell in Westerham, Kent, is not only a must-visit for history buffs and architecture fans but also those who love tranquil, well-thought-out gardens. Once you have explored the picture, books and mementos dotted around his home, step outside and discover the hillside gardens that inspired Britain's wartime leader from 1924 until the end of his life. Sir Winston adored...
21.9 miles from the centre of East Sussex
Discover the fascinating past of Hever Castle, childhood home of Anne Boleyn Hever Castle, a romantic 13th century moated castle, was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII´s second wife - inside there are prayer books signed and inscribed by Anne Boleyn. In 1903 the estate was bought by American William Waldorf Astor, having changed hands many times, who spent large amounts of money, and time restoring the castle. Collections of Tudor portraits, furniture, tapestries and othe...
25.4 miles from the centre of East Sussex
The Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden has been exhibiting contemporary sculpture for over 35 years within a stunning and unique environment. Art and nature work in harmony - neither one outshining the other through the annual exhibition. Follow the trail through 10 acres of woodland, lawn and lush planting to discover the ever changing collection on display.
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25.6 miles from the centre of East Sussex
The family home of Sir Winston Churchill, many of the rooms at Chartwell remain unchanged since the time the great politician lived here. Mementoes, paintings and books all help to evoke the career and personal life of this statesman, artist and individual.
28.1 miles from the centre of East Sussex
Hartsfield Manor offers a spectacular location for any lunch, dinner or afternoon tea. The Terrace Restaurant serves a la carte dinner every evening with locally sourced, fresh ingredients cooked to perfection. Lunch & afternoon teas are served daily in the Bar or Lounge and in summer enjoy them on the terrace whilst enjoying views of the rolling Surrey countryside. Hartsfield Manor also has a number of impressive private dining rooms for special occasions.
21.9 miles from the centre of East Sussex
Discover the fascinating past of Hever Castle, childhood home of Anne Boleyn Hever Castle, a romantic 13th-century moated castle, was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII´s second wife - inside there are prayer books signed and inscribed by Anne Boleyn. In 1903 the estate was bought by American William Waldorf Astor, who spent large amounts of money, and time restoring the castle. Collections of Tudor portraits, furniture, tapestries and other fine works of art are in displ...
20.1 miles from the centre of East Sussex
A wooden beamed 16th Century building, with contrasting modern touches, houses this restaurant, which is run by chef proprietor Tristan Mason. Tristan is an award-winning chef with an impressive pedigree, having trained under Marco Pierre White amongst others. His classical training has resulted in an intricate modern British cuisine with a strong French accent, and a desire to amalgamate the old and the new into carefully crafted dishes. Locally sourced ingredients of the highest quality hel...
21.9 miles from the centre of East Sussex
Discover the gardens of Hever Castle, childhood home of Anne Boleyn The spectacular Edwardian gardens at Hever Castle were laid out between 1904 and 1908 by Joseph Cheal & Son. One of the most magnificent areas of the gardens is the Italian Garden, which was designed to display William Waldorf Astor´s collection of Italian sculpture. The garden is only now reaching its full maturity and includes the colourful walled Rose Garden which contains over 3000 roses. There are many water fea...
25.9 miles from the centre of East Sussex
It's not just the views you will want to feast on at Nutfield Priory – the Head Chef is a taste perfectionist and sources the best local and seasonal produce.
26.0 miles from the centre of East Sussex
The spa at Nutfield Priory is a haven for taking some time out for relaxation and wellbeing. Choose from a range of ELEMIS treatments.
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