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Ditchling Beacon
Ditchling Beacon is the highest point in East Sussex
Poppy Field at Sunset near Ditchling Beacon © Gerard Charnley MVP arr
South Downs Way
A long distance footpath and bridleway running 100 miles from Eastbourne to Winchester.
Poppy field at sunset © Gerard Charnley MVP arr

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Ashdown Forest
Visit Ashdown Forest
Ashdown Forest
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Visit Bateman's
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Battle Abbey
Visit Battle Abbey
Battle Abbey
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Birling Gap
Visit Birling Gap
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Visit Blackcap
Common Spotted Orchid
© Mark Tuen-Matthews
Bodiam Castle
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Bodiam Castle
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Cuckmere Haven
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Litte Egret
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Darch's Wood
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Grey Wagtail
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Ditchling Beacon
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Round-headed Rampion (Pride of Sussex)
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Visit Eastbourne
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Eastbourne Beaches
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Eastbourne Beaches
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Mayfield Village
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Mayfield Village Sign

Pevensey Castle
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Pevensey Castle
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Royal Pavilion
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Royal Pavilion
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Seaford Head Local Nature Reserve
Visit Seaford Head Local Nature Reserve
View of the Seven Sisters from Seaford Head Local Nature Reserve
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Sheffield Park and Garden
Visit Sheffield Park and Garden
Sheffield Park and Garden
© Mark Tuen-Matthews
South Downs Way
Visit South Downs Way
Adonis Blue
© Gail Hampshire
The Observatory Science Centre
Visit The Observatory Science Centre
Crab Nebula photo by NASA
© Mark Tuen-Matthews

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There are 115 places to visit in East Sussex listed below. The places are in listed in order of the number of times they have been voted finest.

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Ditchling Beacon   ~ Free ~ Ditchling 3
Ditchling Beacon, Ditchling Road, Ditchling, Brighton, East Sussex, BN6 8XG, England, UK.
Ditchling Beacon - View north west from the beacon. at Ditchling Beacon

Ditchling Beacon, has to be the jewel of East Sussex.

It lies on the South Downs Way, a few miles north of Brighton and just south of the villages of Ditchling and Westmeston. At 248 metres above sea-level, Ditchling Beacon is the highest point in East Sussex and offers commanding 360 degree views from its summit. Look south out to sea, north across the Weald or east-west across the Downs.


Ditchling Beacon - View north west from the beacon. © MTM MVP arr
South Downs Way   ~ Free ~ Eastbourne 3
Eastbourne, East Sussex, England, UK.
South Downs Way at Ditchling Beacon at South Downs Way

The South Downs Way is a national trail running for a 100 miles, the full length of the South Downs National Park, between the white chalk cliffs of Eastbourne to Winchester crossing several rivers including the Itchen, Meon, Arun, Adur, Ouse and Cuckmere.

It typically takes about 9 days to walk it or 3 days on a mountain bike. Some energetic people have completed it in a day by bike. Most ...

South Downs Way at Ditchling Beacon © MTM MVP arr
Drusillas Park   Alfriston 4
Drusillas Park, Alfriston Road, Alfriston, East Sussex, BN26 5QS, England, UK.
Ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta) at Drusillas Park

Drusillas Park is a small ten acre (4 ha) zoo with an adventure playground. Its exhibits are targeted towards children between 2 and 10 years old. The zoo is home to both wild and domestic animals, including ringtailed lemurs, meerkats, penguins and endangered species such as red pandas.

There are many handson activities, an adventure play area separated for different age groups and an indoor ...

Ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta) © Photo by Mathias Appel
Cuckmere Valley   ~ Free ~ East Dean 4
Farrer Hall, East Dean, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN20 0BT, England, UK.
View towards the sea.  at Cuckmere Valley

Cuckmere Valley is a haven for wildlife that thrive in habitats based on a chalk bedrock, including some nationally rare species such as the Chalkhill Blue butterfly.

In 1836 a white horse was cut into the chalk on the steep scarp and it remains a popular attraction.

From the beach at Cuckmere Haven you can view the Seven Sisters stretching away into the distance. A more elevated view of ...

View towards the sea. © MTM MVP arr
Sovereign Harbour   ~ Free ~ Eastbourne 4
Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN23, England, UK.
View over the harbour at Sovereign Harbour

Opened in 1993, Sovereign Harbour is a development of the beachland formerly known as The Crumbles, the marina now consists of four separate harbours, a retail park and both permanent and holiday properties.

Overlooking one of the marinas are several restaurants and boutiques. Near the entrance to the harbour is a beach.

Always read and obey the safety signs and follow the beach safety ...

View over the harbour © MTM MVP arr
Lavender Line   Isfield 4
Isfield Station, Isfield, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 5XB, England, UK.
Lavender Line at Lavender Line

The Lavender Line is a heritage railway which runs for a two mile round trip between the villages of Isfield and Worth.

At Isfield is an original Victorian station and signal box. It is here that the headquarters of the Lavender line is based.

The Lavender Line is named after a local business man, A.E Lavender, who had his coal merchant office located by the cattle dock at Isfield ...

Lavender Line © MTM MVP arr
Seaford Head Local Nature Reserve   ~ Free ~ Seaford 4
Chyngton Lane, Seaford, East Sussex, BN25 4JQ, England, UK.
View of the Seven Sisters from Seaford Head Nature Reserve  at Seaford Head Local Nature Reserve

Seaford Head Local Nature Reserve, designated in 1969, now extends over 350 acres and includes several habitats.

Over 250 plant species and 220 bird species can be seen over the year. In particular you may want to look out for the silver-spotted skipper butterfly, rare insects such as the forester moth and potter flower bee and birds such as the skylark.

The nature reserve is managed by ...

View of the Seven Sisters from Seaford Head Nature Reserve © Tom Lee cc
Mayfield Village   ~ Free ~ Mayfield 4
High Street, Mayfield, East Sussex, TN20 6AB, England, UK.
Harvest in Mayfield  at Mayfield Village

Mayfield Village is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1087. The village name derives from both Maghefeld (a field where mayweed grows) and maid's field. The village sign depicts a maid.

Every September the village hosts its annual carnival. This is to commemorate the Protestants being condemned here on 23 September 1556, and being burnt at the stake in Lewes. The festival is part of the Sussex ...

Harvest in Mayfield © Henry Hemming cc
Bateman's   Burwash 3
Bateman's, Bateman's Lane, Burwash, Heathfield, East Sussex, TN19 7DS, England, UK.
Front of Bateman's. Kipling's study window is directly below the six chimneys. at Bateman's

Bateman's, a Jacobean Wealden sandstone mansion built in 1634, was the home of author Rudyard Kipling from 1902 until his death in 1936. The rooms in the house are kept as they were when Kipling and his wife Carrie and their children Josie, Elsie and John lived there.

Kipling's booklined study, contains his walnut refectory table by a window overlooking the front lawn. His pens paperweight and ...

Front of Bateman's. Kipling's study window is directly below the six chimneys. © MTM MVP arr
Ashdown Forest   ~ Free ~ Hartfield 3
Hartfield, East Sussex, England, UK.
Winter sunset over the Ashdown Forest at Ashdown Forest

The Ashdown Forest consists of 6500 acres of ancient forest and heathland occupying the highest sandy ridge-top of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Two thirds of the Ashdown Forest is heathland.

Part of the Ashdown Forest is the 100 acre wood made famous in the stories of Winnie-the-Pooh by A A Milne. The Pooh Sticks bridge is still there.

Winter sunset over the Ashdown Forest © Tom Lee cc
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