Information and Tourism
East Sussex conjures up an image of gentility and elegance. The county town of Lewes emanates an understated charm. Rye is almost unbelievably quaint with its cobbled streets and ancient buildings. One of the county's major seaside towns, Eastbourne, is hugely popular with families and those enjoying a peaceful retirement. The county as a whole is reputed to be one of the greenest countries in the UK, and that refers to its grassy acres as much as its reputation for being eco-friendly.
Of course, if you move along the coast to Brighton, you get to enjoy both charm and coolness, all in one handy holiday destination. Nowadays known more formally as the City of Brighton and Hove, it is a veritable feast of trendy eating places, chic shops and slick hotels. All this comes with an extra topping of nightlife that is dominated by its cosmopolitan club scene in which anything seems to go.
Weekend escapees from London
make a beeline for East Sussex to enjoy the great outdoors. The South Downs Way, which runs from Winchester
in nearby Hampshire to Eastbourne in East Sussex, offers a chance for a leisurely stroll or, if you are feeling more energetic, something a little more long-distance and challenging. The trail affords terrific views, in particular over to the famous East Sussex landmark of Beachy Head.
East Sussex was the first place in England
to experience the Norman invasion back in the 11th century. As you might expect, East Sussex tends to do historical landmarks rather well. Its castles include Pevensey, which was granted to William the Conqueror's half-brother, the Count of Mortain, and Lewes Castle, built by William's brother-in-law.
A short distance inland is Bateman's, a 17th-century house in the village of Burwash that was once home to Rudyard Kipling. This famous writer penned that most famous of poems, 'If-' whilst living here.
East Sussex Information and Fast Facts
- Country: England
- Region: South-East England
- Population: approximately 800,000
- County administrative town or city: Lewes
- Biggest city: Brighton and Hove
- Language: English
- Area: 690 square miles / 1,787 square kilometres
- Length of South Downs Way: 99 miles / 160 kilometres
WORLD GUIDES TO EAST SUSSEX
World Guide to Brighton, England
Brighton and Hove, on the south coast of England, is a the top seaside resorts in the UK and Brighton has recently appeared in the top ten UK cities. Attracting more than 8 million tourists each year, Brighton has a major conference centre.
World Guide to Eastbourne, England
Eastbourne has worked hard to shake of its reputation as being a holiday destination for pensioners and is now beginning to attract more families. The sunny beaches are accompanied by a Victorian pier and plenty of seaside attractions.
Map of Sussex