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Your guide to Sussex

Sussex at a glance:

  • Miles of sandy beaches.
  • Bustling seaside towns.
  • Peaceful nature walks and reserves.
  • Stunning cliff walks with dramatic views.
  • Year-round events and shows.

Your guide to Sussex

The rural county of Sussex in South-East England is well known for both its cheerful seaside resorts and the beautiful South Downs National Park. This popular area of the country has many contrasts, ranging from dramatic coastlines, vast sandy beaches and undulating sand dunes to Victorian piers, traditional bandstands and vibrant culture, which draw thousands each year who enjoy a wonderful holiday next to the sea.

Whether you dream of soaking up the sun on a warm sandy beach, exploring miles of secluded cliff-side walks or indulging in a delicious tea overlooking the clear blue waters of the English Channel, Sussex has everything that you could wish for. Head to Camber sands where the beach stretches out further than the eye can see, framed by pretty dunes, or visit the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve with its picturesque shingle beaches and tranquil marshlands, bursting with wildlife.

Explore the coast from Hastings to Pevensey and discover the incredible views from the East Hill Cliff Railway, or head to Bexhill with its historic old town, quaint tearooms and tempting ice cream parlours. Discover the ever-popular resort of Eastbourne with its bustling seaside vibe where a warm welcome awaits you at our Bay hotel. This wonderful Victorian town, with its three-tier promenade, charming pier and traditional bandstand, offers the very best of a British seaside holiday.

Visit the South Downs National Park and relax in the peace and tranquillity, with plenty of places to walk or simply relax and appreciate the jaw-dropping cliff views. Walk along the river to the beach at Cuckmere Valley, taking in the breathtaking views of the Seven Sisters cliffs, or head over to Newhaven and admire the many watersports enthusiasts as they take advantage of the fantastic conditions there. If you're feeling more adventurous, you can take a ferry crossing to France for the day, or simply soak up the atmosphere in Brighton with its friendly cafés, host of attractions and glitzy nightlife.

If it's relaxation you're after, why not unwind on the wonderful Worthing beach, a five-mile stretch of sand offering visitors the perfect place to relax – or visit Shoreham’s shingle beach, a picturesque spot that is home to an abundance of rare wildlife. Take in the sights, sounds and smells of sunny Bognor Regis or visit the UK’s longest beach at Littlehampton, a vibrant town with a plethora of award-winning architecture and a lively programme of cultural events throughout the year.

With so much to see and do in this exciting county, you’ll appreciate having a welcoming, comfortable base from which to explore. Our Bay hotels in Sussex offer guests warm hospitality with high-quality accommodation and attentive service. With spacious areas to unwind and a range of room options available from crisp and simple to indulgent and luxurious, a Bay hotel is the perfect place to stay whilst enjoying your time in Sussex.


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Local Attractions

Beachy Head

The Beachy Head cliffs are the highest chalk sea cliffs in the UK and a must-see for visitors to Sussex. Head up the cliffs from Eastbourne and take in the spectacular views, visit the famous Belle Tout Lighthouse made popular by the '80s TV series ‘The Lives and Loves of a She Devil’, or enjoy a pint in the Beachy Head pub, which offers all-day food and superb views.

Sovereign Harbour Marina

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life and spend some quality time at Eastbourne’s delightful Harbour Marina with its host of stylish wine bars, tempting restaurants and ambient cafés overlooking the waterfront. Comprising of no less than five harbours with more than 800 berths, Sovereign Harbour is the UK’s largest composite marina with plenty of stunning vessels to admire as you wander through this scenic spot.

Redoubt Fortress and The Pavilion

Take part in the daily tour of the Redoubt Fortress and discover some of the amazing secrets and stories that this fortress has to offer. Visit the gun platforms and parade ground, and take in the fantastic sea view from the cannons. With free access to the Pavilion, you can take advantage of the exhibition and café, which also boasts a terrace with gardens. Enjoy a Bombardier Brownie or Colonel Coffee at the vintage café, The Outpost, or visit The Pavilion Café to have lunch overlooking the stunning Pavilion Gardens.

Sharnfold Farm

Open 6 days a week, you can pick your own fruit and vegetables at Sharnfold farm, from April to October. From Asparagus to raspberries, from plums to broad beans, the farm has a fantastic choice of produce for you to hand-pick and take home to enjoy. Take a nice relaxing stroll through the farm trail and meet the farm animals out in the fields, ranging from pigs and donkeys to chickens and rabbits. There is also a lake that is open 364 days a year where you can fish for barbel, tench, perch and chub. The coffee shop serves everything from breakfast to lunch, as well as afternoon tea.

British Airways i360

Venture along the coast to the British Airways i360 experience which takes you 138 metres into the air on the world’s tallest moving observation tower. This futuristic structure offers guests panoramic views over the South Downs and Brighton with the Isle of Wight in view on clearer days.

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