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The best things to do in East Sussex

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There are plenty of fun things to do in East Sussex which makes it a great place for a hotel break in the UK. Whether you are looking for days out with the family, romantic things to do with your partner or the best tourist attractions for you to check out by yourself - there is something for everyone to enjoy in the area. Our country house hotel in East Sussex is situated in Uckfield making us the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing stay whilst visiting East Sussex, which is why we have lined up some of the best things to do to ensure your trip to the area is a memorable one.

Attractions and days out in East Sussex

If you are looking for ideas of what to do in East Sussex then we have got you covered with our list of attractions. There is something for everyone to enjoy from theatre productions to thrilling railway experiences.

Royal Pavilion Brighton

One of the most popular East Sussex attractions is the Royal Pavilion in Brighton. It was once a royal residence which was built in three stages, beginning in 1787. It was built as a seaside holiday home for King George IV - who became king in 1820. In 1823 work was completed that redesigned the building in the Indian style designed by the architect John Nash. Visitors can tour the residence which is home to stunning architecture and a variety of rooms such as Royal Bedrooms, The Banqueting Room, The Saloon, the Great Kitchen and more.

Glyndebourne

Glyndebourne Manor House, which is home to an opera house auditorium, is famous for hosting the Glyndebourne Festival Opera since 1934. The country house is listed at grade II and is believed to be around 600 years old. They also host a variety of shows and performances throughout the year which are a must see for music and opera lovers. We provide the perfect retreat for Glyndebourne breaks.

Cliff Railways - West Hill & East Hill

Cliff Railways is one of the most unique days out in East Sussex. Located in Hastings, it is the steepest funicular railway in the UK and still retains its original wooden Victorian coaches. It boasts stunning views that stretch to Beachy Head as well as the Channel. Once at the top you can easily get to Hastings Country Park or enjoy a drink and meal with a view in the Cafe.

British Airways i360 Viewing Tower

Situated in Brighton, the British Airways i360 Viewing Tower is one of the popular indoor things to do in East Sussex since it opened in August 2016. The viewing tower is 162 metres tall and boasts stunning 360 degree views across Brighton, the English Channel and the South Downs in a fully enclosed pod.

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Family things to do in East Sussex

If you are planning on taking a family break in the area then you might be in need of the best things to do for kids in East Sussex to keep the family entertained. From educational trips to getting close to wildlife - there is something for all the family to enjoy. No matter which day out you choose to embark on, our hotel rooms provide the perfect place for the whole family to relax afterwards.

Bodiam Castle

If you are looking for East Sussex attractions for kids that are educational, then a day out at Bodiam Castle is perfect. Visitors can enjoy soaking up the history of the 14th century moated castle with its ruined interior. It was built in 1385 to defend the area from invasion. Throughout the year there are plenty of events and seasonal activities for families to enjoy. There is plenty of wildlife at the castle from birds to insects and children can also enjoy the many wildlife trails. It is also home to one of the largest bat roosters in South East England.

Volk’s Electric Railway

A fun thing to do in East Sussex for families is to take a trip on Volk’s Electric Railway. The narrow gauge heritage railway is situated in Brighton and it operates along the seafront. Opened in 1883, it is the oldest operating electric railway in the world. The line is just over 1 mile in length.

Drusillas Park

Drusillas Park is a small zoo in East Sussex which makes for the perfect family day out. The zoo is home to hundreds of animals such as meerkats, sloths, penguins, owls, monkeys, snakes, donkeys and many more. It’s not just animals, there is also soft play, mazes, waterplay and rides for the whole family to enjoy. Drusillas Park provides a host of experiences such as close encounters, feeding experiences, keeper for the day experiences and more.

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Free things to do in East Sussex

You can enjoy a great time in the area without spending a penny. There are plenty of free things to do in East Sussex from outdoor walks to wildlife spotting. Below are three of our favourite free things to do. After enjoying your day out in East Sussex, our country house hotel provides the perfect retreat.

Beachy Head

Beachy Head is a stunning chalk headland that rises 162 metres above sea level - making it the highest chalk sea cliff in the UK. Once at the peak you can take in stunning views across the South East coast from Dungeness to the Isle of Wight. There is also a lighthouse in the sea below the headland. The stunning white cliffs make this a popular tourist attraction as well as the nearby Seven Sisters and Birling Gap.

Brighton Beach

If you would like a fun day out, then a trip to Brighton Beach could be the place for you - especially if the sun is out. The pebbly beach is one of the most famous beaches in the UK and has a 4 mile promenade. The beach has a Victorian pier as well as a traditional fairground, cafes, restaurants and more. There is a free paddling pool for children to enjoy. The sea is popular with swimmers as well as watersports such as kayaking, windsurfing, sailing, paddle boarding and wakeboarding. Sports on the beach are popular too with many people playing volleyball and football.

Rye Nature Reserve

If you love wildlife then a day out to explore Rye Harbour Nature Reserve has to be on your list. It is one of the largest wildlife sites in England and is very important for wildlife. It is home to 4274 varieties of plants and animals with over 200 rare or endangered species. The nature reserve is well known for the birds that reside here with 280 species recorded on the reserve including Lapwing, Redshank, Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher and Avocet. Visitors can enjoy watching bird migration as well as nesting birds. Rye Nature Reserve is also home to over 2300 species of invertebrates, including over 200 notable species. Other common animals are the Marsh Frog, Badgers, Foxes and Bats. Over 450 species of flowering plants grow in the reserve, some of them scarce and endangered species - such as Least Lettuce and Stinking Hawksbeard.

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