Cultural Heritage

There is much history and culture to explore in the surrounding areas. There is 1066 country with Historic beaches and ports, including the towns of Battle, where King Harold fell; Hastings with the Old Town and Fisherman’s Museum, home of Britain’s first Norman Castle and latterly, of the fictitious Foyles War fame. Pevensey, the landing point for both the Romans in the 4th Century and William the Conqueror in 1066; Rye, perched on a hill overlooking the River Rother and Romney Marsh having the maze of cobbled streets and narrow passages with Medieval and Georgian buildings. Rye Bay surrounds the Cinque Port towns of Winchelsea and Rye, and is in an area rich in wildlife and historical interest.

Nearby Castles also include Herstmonceux with the Science Centre at the National Observatory within it’s grounds; Pevensey and Bodiam (fun for the young) with Lewes, Hever and Hastings only a short drive away.

Other places of interest include the Royal Pavilion in Brighton, Penshurst Place and Glyndebourne – world famous for it’s opera and one of the highlights of the English summer season, is within a 25-minute drive.

Bodiam Castle

One of Britain’s most picturesque and romantic ancient monuments, this 14th century moated castle with ruined interior hosts an impressive gatehouse with the original wooden portcullis.

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Herstmonceux Castle

A magnificent moated brick built castle dating back to the mid 15th century, set in 550 acres of glorious parkland and beautiful Elizabethan gardens.

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A Medieval castle and former Roman Saxon shore fort, Pevensey castle is a fun family day out encompassing rich history and fun things to see and do for both adults and children.

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Also known and Ypres Tower, built in 1249 as part of the defence against the frequent raids by the French. Along with the museum there is plenty to learn about the history of the castle and then explore the beautiful cobbled streets of Rye.

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A large part of Englands history as it was the first Norman motte and bailey castle to be built here. Now just a ruin there is also plenty more to explore in Hastings with the smugglers caves and blue reef aquarium great for the younger family members.

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Lewes Castle & Museum

Standing at the highest point of Lewes you can climb to the top of this 1000 year old Norman Castle for stunning panoramic views across Sussex.

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Hever Castle

This 13th century double moated castle was once the childhood home of Henry VIII’s second wife Anne Boleyn. Experience these 700 years of history and also explore the magnificent award winning gardens.

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Battle Abbey

Taking its name from the town it’s situated in, the Abbey was founded to commemorate the 1066 Battle of Hastings which saw William the Conqueror assume control of England. With incredible interactive displays you can learn the amazing history of the Battle and this historic date.

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Glyndebourne

World famous for it’s opera it has been the venue for the annual Glydenbourne Festival Opera since 1934, one of the highlights of the English summer season!

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