Thrilling experiences, iconic landscapes and some of Britain’s most famous historic sites are all here in sunny Sussex, the heart of the South East. England’s great gateway to Europe has strong links with the Continent, with ferry services available from Newhaven and Britain’s second largest airport Gatwick both in Sussex. This South East county has been a route in to Britain for centuries, with the Romans arriving on the Far West coast at Chichester and the Normans landing in the East at Hastings and Pevensey. Ancient historic sites and spectacular seaside architecture are highlights, with gems not to be missed including the 1066 Battle of Hastings site and Battle Abbey, John Nash’s teapot headed Royal Pavilion at Brighton and Fishbourne Roman Palace near Chichester.
From picturesque market towns and Downland villages to classic English seaside resorts and chic coastal city jewel Brighton, Sussex holidays offer a diverse mix of experiences. Book a budget holiday park or seaside guest house on the region’s beautiful coastline near best beaches like Camber or in top family seaside resorts like Bognor Regis, Hastings and Eastbourne. Explore the gentle rolling landscapes of the South Downs National Park and head off along the 100 mile South Downs Way or explore Winnie the Pooh country in Ashdown Forest, East Sussex.
Downs & Weald
Garden lovers won’t want to miss a tour of the world famous Mid-Sussex gardens from Nymans to Scotney, and you’ve a choice of rich historic centres around the Downs and Weald offering a choice of luxury boutique B&Bs, stylish country house hotels and holiday cottages in and around the West Sussex market towns and villages including Midhurst and Horsham. Find more great Sussex holiday cottages in the heart of the High Weald, in Wealden centres like Uckfield or base yourself in ancient Cinque ports on the coast like Rye and Winchelsea where you’ll find stylish boutique B&Bs and budget caravan parks.
Beaches & Seaside Architecture
The Sussex seaside coast is one of Britain’s warmest and a favourite holiday coastline brimming with spectacular heritage seaside architecture from Bexhill’s Modernist De La Warr Pavilion to Eastbourne’s Deco seafront bandstand, Victorian Pier and Floral Carpet Gardens. The Sussex coast is packed with fun family piers and classic seaside attractions, with the City of Brighton right at its core, rich in Regency architecture, chic shopping around the cobbled streets of The Lanes and a host of fantastic restaurants, bars, best theatres, museums and a cutting edge marina.
Arts & Attractions
The eclectic arts scene in Sussex won’t disappoint the culture lover, whether you’re looking for the best of classical music concerts at Glyndebourne, premier theatre at Chichester’s Festival Theatre or the fantastic festivals from Pride to food, comedy and an internationally acclaimed Fringe Festival at Brighton. Visit spectacular stately home estates like the breathtaking Georgian mansion of Petworth House with parklands designed by ‘Capability’ Brown, take a ride on Britain’s first restored heritage railway, the Bluebell Railway and find a host of fun family museums and theme parks across the region including Drusillas near Alfriston, Butlins at Bognor and the Weald & Downland Museum near Chichester. Find your perfect holiday base now and book Sussex accommodation online.
Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.