76 attractions you should visit in East Sussex - With photos & details

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Top 76 attractions to explore in East Sussex

East Sussex is a county in South East England. It is bordered by the counties of Kent to the north and east, West Sussex to the west, and Surrey for a short distance to the north-west, as well as the English Channel to the south.

Cuckoo TrailCuckoo Trail, Hailsham, UK
Outdoors- Other
1 Day Treks

The Cuckoo Trail is one of the most popular family cycle rides in the South East. The trail takes you through woodland, open grassland, and pasture. Along the way you can spot green woodpeckers, orchids, seasonal wildflowers, oak sculptures and carved wooden seats. One of the iconic location where you can spend some good time with your family.

Ditchling BeaconDitchling Beacon, Brighton BN6 8XG, UK
Mountain Peaks

Ditchling Beacon is a popular road hill climb. It is tackled by many amateurs on the annual London to Brighton bike ride. It averages 9%, but gets up to a maximum of 16%, with quite a few false flats. It consists of a large chalk hill with a particularly steep northern face, covered with open grassland and sheep-grazing areas.

Ditchling Museum of Art + CraftLodge Hill Ln, Ditchling, Hassocks BN6 8SP, UK
Museums
Art Galleries

Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft was situated in the Sussex South Downs, the museum focuses on the artists and craftspeople who made Ditchling a creative hub in the 20th century. The site is home to a nationally important collection of artefacts made by the arts and craftsmen who lived in the village, such as typographer and sculptor Eric Gill, designer of the London Underground font Edward Johnston and printer Hilary Pepler.

Drusillas ParkAlfriston Rd, East Sussex BN26 5QS, UK
Parks

Drusillas Park offers a fun-tastic day out that includes hundreds of exotic animals, from monkeys and meerkats to penguins and pandas. There are many hands-on activities, an adventure play area separated for different age groups, an indoor soft play centre, and the Safari Express train ride that runs daily.

East Hill Lift Upper StationRock-a-Nore Rd, Hastings TN34 3EG, UK
Man-made Structures- Other

East Hill Lift, is a funicular railway located in the English seaside town of Hastings. The East Hill Lift provides access to Hastings Country Park which overlooks the Old Town and Rock-a-Nore. It was in the country park that Hastings resident John Logie Baird, the inventor of television, got the inspiration which led to his first TV experiments. The line provides views over The Stade, home to the largest beach-launched fishing fleet in Europe.

Eastbourne BeachEastbourne Beach, 23 Royal Parade, Eastbourne BN22 7LH, UK
Beaches

Eastbourne offers more than 3 miles of vast shingle beaches offering sand, and in some cases rock pooling opportunities, at low tide. From stunning cliffs and a Marine Conservation Area at Holywell, to windsurfing off Royal Parade and fishing at Harbour Reach, our array of beaches offer the perfect spot to suit everyone. The seafront is made up of mostly Victorian buildings which are split in half by Eastbourne Pier.

Eastbourne Miniature Steam RailwayLottbridge Drove, Eastbourne BN23 6QJ, UK
Man-made Structures- Other

Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway offers a journey behind the famous one-eighth scale miniature locomotives as they meander for nearly a mile around the beautiful country park. Several miniature steam trains operate here, running on a track around this tranquil country park. Travel on one of the trains or observe the locomotives in action as they chug along. Bring the kids to the adventure playground to enjoy slides, swings, and more.

Eastbourne Pier3 Grand Parade, Eastbourne BN21 3EL, UK
Man-made Structures- Other

Eastbourne Pier is a seaside pleasure pier in Eastbourne, East Sussex, on the south coast of England. Its stunning seafront landmark is fully open for business with a brand new walkway since the fire of 2014. It stunning seafront landmark is fully open for business with a brand new walkway since the fire of 2014.

Eastbourne RedoubtRoyal Parade, Eastbourne BN22 7AQ, UK
Man-made Structures- Other

Eastbourne Redoubt is a circular coastal defence fort at Eastbourne, East Sussex, on the south coast of England. It was built in 1805 as part of the British anti-invasion preparations during the Napoleonic Wars. Visitors to the Redoubt can now explore the fortress, discovering the stories of the people who lived there throughout its 200-year history.

Egerton Park45 Egerton Rd, Bexhill, Bexhill-on-Sea TN39 3HN, UK
Parks

Egerton Park offers something for everyone from leisurely walks around the lakes to a more vigorous workout at the fitness area. Enjoy a game of tennis on one of the outdoor courts, try your hand at bowls or take a boat out on the lake. Children of all ages will love the play zone with a range of exciting equipment including a zip-wire, climbing unit with treehouse, and sand play area.

Farley FarmhouseFarley Farmhouse, Muddles Green, Chiddingly, Muddles Green, Lewes BN8 6HW, UK
Iconic Buildings

Farleys House near Chiddingly, East Sussex, has been converted into a museum and archive featuring the lives and work of its former residents, the photographer Lee Miller and the Surrealist artist Roland Penrose. It also houses a collection of contemporary art by their friends Pablo Picasso, Man Ray, Max Ernst and Joan Miró.

Firle BeaconFirle Beacon, Lewes BN8 6LR, UK
1 Day Treks
Mountain Peaks

Firle Beacon is a hill in the South Downs of southern England. It is 217 metres high and is a Marilyn. It commands a far-reaching view. When the prevailing wind is northerly, the site is often used for gliding activities like slope soaring. One of the nice trekking destination and also you can spend some good time in the middle of nature.

Firle PlaceLewes BN8 6LP, UK
Iconic Buildings

Firle Place is an outstanding privately owned country house in Sussex that dates from the time of Henry VIII but was substantially remodelled in the 18th Century. It has been the home of the Gage family for over 500 years, and is a house with a rich history and extraordinary collection of old master paintings, porcelain and furniture.

Forest Way Country ParkForest Way, Hartfield TN7 4BJ, UK
Outdoors- Other

The Forest Way is situated in the heart of the beautiful East Sussex countryside. It is approximately 10 miles long and is used for walking, cycling, horse riding and the quiet enjoyment of the countryside. This linear Country park providing walking, cycling, horse riding and the quiet enjoyment of the countryside. It runs for around 16 km from East Grinstead to Groombridge.

Fort FunRoyal Parade, Eastbourne BN22 7LQ, UK
Man-made Structures- Other
Theme Parks

Fort Fun provides a multitude of all weather family amusement on the beautiful Eastbourne seafront. visitors can also enjoy fantastic indoor and outdoor play frames, sand play areas, slides, rides and an entertainment stage.

Friston ForestFriston Forest, United Kingdom
Forests

Friston Forest is within the South Downs National Park between Lulington Heath National Nature Reserve and Seven Sisters Country Park. It is the largest area of recently established forest in South East England. It's a great place to visit, with lots of picnic tables and BBQs and a children's play area.

GlyndebourneGlyndebourne, Lewes BN8 5UU, UK
Iconic Buildings

Glyndebourne is an opera house in East Sussex, just one hour from London, which has been the venue for the annual Glyndebourne Festival since 1934. It was one of the iconic attraction in this area and is visited by so many tourists.

Great Dixter House & GardensNorthiam, Rye TN31 6PH, UK
Iconic Buildings
Botanical Gardens

Great Dixter is a historic house, a garden, a center of education, and a place of pilgrimage for horticulturists from across the world. The garden, widely known for its continuous tradition of sophisticated plantsmanship, is Grade I listed in the National Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.

Hastings CastleCastle Hill Rd, Hastings TN34 3JL, UK
Iconic Buildings

Hastings Castle was originally a wooden tower built on top of a man made mound or motte, which was surrounded by an outer courtyard or bailey. The ruins you can see today are only half of the original structure; the castle’s south wall and keep were lost to the sea whilst remains of the east gate and east wall – which served as the foundation for the two towers, can still be seen.

Hastings ContemporaryRock-a-Nore Rd, Hastings TN34 3DW, UK
Man-made Structures- Other
Art Centres

Hastings Contemporary is a small, dynamic gallery on the seashore in Hastings showing the best in modern and contemporary art. Set right on the beach of Hastings Old Town, Hastings Contemporary will explore all forms of modern and contemporary art, as well as continuing to champion the medium of painting, for which it has built a strong reputation.

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