Visit East Sussex

Kent and East Sussex Railway
Kent and East Sussex Railway

Smugglers and steam trains – 1066 country in East Sussex has a long and intriguing history. Here are our favourite places to visit

Kent and East Sussex Railway
Above: Kent and East Sussex Railway

The Cinque Ports A group of towns from which, by Royal Charter, the monarch could raise a fleet of ships for defence: Rye, Winchelsea and Hastings are the East Sussex members.

Bateman’s (National Trust) Burwash, Etchingham. Rudyard Kipling’s former home. The editor would like to live there! Tel: (01435) 882302;

Battle Abbey (English Heritage) Battle. Stand on the spot where Harold was slain or view the annual re-enactment of the battle each October. Tel: (01424) 775705;

Blue Dolphin Fish Bar, 61b High Street, Hastings. Some of the best fish and chips on the south-east coast, best eaten on The Stade beach over the road. Tel: (01424) 425778.

Hastings Shipwreck & Coastal Heritage Centre, Hastings. Maritime history told through exhibits and tours through the ‘maritime park’ at low tide. Tel: (01424) 437452;

Herstmonceux Castle & Observatory, Hailsham. History and science packed together in beautiful surroundings.Tel: (01323) 834457;

Jeakes House (5-star), Mermaid Street, Rye. Luxurious guest house in a 16th-century building on Rye’s most famous street. Tel: (01797) 222828,

Kent & Sussex Steam Railway. Steam from Tenterden to Bodiam stations, through the Rother Valley. Tel: (01580) 765155;

Rose and Crown Burwash, Etchingham. Good food and local real ale at this pub in a pretty village: it’s the perfect spot for lunch after a visit to Kipling’s nearby home. Tel: (01435) 882600

The George at Rye (4-star), 198 High Street, Rye. Hotel with a history that dates back to 1575 and an original Georgian ballroom. Tel: (01797) 222114; www.the

The Powder Mills (3-star), Powdermill Lane, Battle. Hotel located in private grounds on the edge of the battlefield. Tel: (01424) 775511;


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