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What are the best attractions in Sussex? You’ll find it hard to choose! The county is full of great things to do, from famous animal attractions to castles, theme parks, gardens and steam railways. Whatever your age, you’ll be able to enjoy exciting adventures or to take it easy for a restful and rejuvenating short break or holiday.

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  • Sussex is great for Shopping Shopping
  • Sussex is great for Gardens Gardens
  • Sussex is great for Seaside Seaside
  • Sussex is great for Nature Nature

Your guide to Sussex

Sussex at a glance:
  • An exciting county with theme parks, animal attractions, castles, gardens and a whole host of other attractions.
  • Dozens of historic sites to explore, including the site of the Battle of Hastings.
  • Plenty of opportunities for walking, cycling and other outdoor activities.
  • Young children will love the region’s many farm parks.
  • Ride a steam train through the idyllic Sussex countryside.

Historic, exciting and fun-filled, with a seemingly endless selection of attractions to choose from, the county of Sussex is a favourite with families and also with history fans, outdoor enthusiasts, animal-lovers and couples on romantic breaks, amongst a wide range of others. Book a hotel in Sussex and see why it’s listed by many as their favourite destination for UK holidays and short breaks, and why it’s hard to resist the urge to immediately book a return visit.

Sussex is the kind of place that enables you to spend each and every day doing something completely different to anything that you’ve already tried. One day might be spent enjoying a traditional beach holiday and the next could be spent visiting a museum or art gallery. From Battle Abbey to Bodiam Castle there are historic buildings to explore, and whether you love birdwatching, golf or fishing you’ll find that there are many places that are perfect for you to indulge in your hobby.

Perhaps one of the best known towns in Sussex is the town of Hastings, famed for the battle that took place in 1066. In fact, the battle took place in the appropriately named town of Battle, seven miles north of coastal Hastings. The 1066 Country Walk, a long-distance footpath covering 31 miles of Sussex countryside, is just one of hundreds of trails that you’ll have to choose between if you’re looking to spend your time outdoors. Cycling and other outdoor activities are popular with tourists that visit Sussex, though there’s so much more on offer.

Why not visit any of the many formal gardens that can be found throughout the county? Other Sussex attractions, like farm parks and zoos, as well as Drusillas Park which includes the Hello Kitty Secret Garden, will keep children of all ages happy. You’ll never be bored, and neither will the youngest members of your travel party.

Sussex has beautiful beaches on which you can while away your days, and coastal trails that run along the cliffs and through fields of colourful wildflowers. The South Downs National Park, and the chalk cliffs at Beachy Head, are well worth a little of your time. Be sure to carry a camera wherever you are, because there are so many memories that you’ll want to immortalise. As you burn energy exploring one of the most spectacular and exciting counties in the UK, you can always look forward to a quiet drink and a comfortable bed at your chosen Sussex hotel. Each day is just as interesting as the last, no matter where you choose to go.

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Local attractions
  • Redoubt Fortress & Military Museum
    Redoubt Fortress & Military Museum
  • Leeds Castle
    Leeds Castle
  • Beachy Head
    Beachy Head
  • Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum
    Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum

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    Bay Burlington Hotel

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    Bay Majestic Eastbourne Hotel

    Classic British seaside meets heritage and history