The Brighton Festival and Brighton Fringe are the largest Arts Festivals in England. There's also the Royal Pavilion at Brighton, which was built as a seaside retreat for the Prince Regent in 1787. Eastbourne, Hastings, Worthing and Bognor Regis, all with great shingle beaches, museums, galleries, theatres and many other attractions are all popular visitor attractions. There are quaint local harbours at Chichester and Rye and the beautiful sandy bay at Camber Sands.
In the South East of England, Sussex is a popular county to both live in and visit. The county has beautiful countryside as well as a large and vibrant coastline. There are Roman remains, Norman churches and cathedrals, fairytale castles from the Middle Ages and Regency, Victorian and Edwardian seaside towns. There’s also 1066 Country – the site of the Battle of Hastings and for transport fans, there are a number of historic steam railways, including the renowned Bluebell Railway.
The 140 mile coastline offers visitors great choice. The rolling chalk hills of the South Downs are in contrast to imposing cliffs at Beachy Head and Seven Sisters. Further along the coast are the sand and pebble beaches of towns such as Brighton and Hove. With their active arts and cultural scenes these towns have become lively alternatives to living in London.
The pretty town of Chichester contains the famous Pallant House Gallery and hosts Chichester Festival Theatre. There’s also the beautiful Chichester Cathedral. Built in the 11th century the cathedral was added to over the years and in 1400 a new bell tower and spire were constructed. All of these additions give the Cathedral a magnificent Medieval appearance and beauty.
The pretty harbour town of Rye is where the writer Henry James lived and the town of Battle and the historic site of the Battle of Hastings - the start of the Norman Conquest in 1066. The battle ground has been retained as has the Gatehouse and ruined Abbey buildings. There are numerous other historic sites to visit including the magnificent 14th century Bodiam Castle.
The county has a reputation for food produce. These include various vineyards, including Court Garden, which produce white wine and English sparkling wine. Local cider is made at Middle Farm near Lewis and cheese is made at the High Weald Dairy among other smaller artisan producers all over the county.
Sussex Wildlife Trust manages over 30 nature reserves in the county offering a variety of flora and fauna. Seaford Head delivers stunning views of the cliffs at Seven Sisters and in contrast Wood Mill offers a mix of woodland habitats and wetlands. There’s also chalk grassland and scrub environments at the Iron Age hill fort at Ditchling Beacon. Here you can see outstanding flowers such as Round-headed Twayblade, Rampion and Fragrant Orchid. Also not be missed is the coastal nature reserve at Rye Harbour and the ancient wood pasture at Ebernoe Common.
Apart from the beauty of the South Downs there are many lovely gardens which are open to visitors in the Spring and Summer. These include Great Dixter (family home of gardener and gardening writer Christopher Lloyd), Bateman’s (a Jacobean Wealdon mansion built in 1654) and Sheffield Park Garden, which was originally laid out by Capability Brown. There’s also Wakehurst Place, home of the National Seed Bank, Nymans, Merriments and many more.
Visit Arundel Castle, Brighton & the Sussex Downs on a chauffeur-driven day tour from London with an experienced guide.
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Visit the seaside resort of Eastbourne and the chalk cliffs of Seven Sisters and Beachy Head on a chauffeur-driven day tour from London with an experienced guide.
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