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    Running along the south coast of England, the county of Sussex is made up of three distinct geographic areas – a coastal plain on the edge of the English Channel in the south, the rolling chalk hills of the South Downs to the north, and beyond them the beautiful and lush wooded countryside of the Sussex Weald.

    Its geographical location means that the county has been the scene of several historic events – most notably the invasion which led to the Roman conquest of Britain in AD43, and later it was the site of the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

    The county is divided into three local government areas – Brighton and Hove, East Sussex and West Sussex. Brighton and Hove, and Chichester are the two Sussex cities.

    Things to do in Sussex
    The coastline is, quite rightly, a key focus for visitors to Sussex, but keen walkers also make the most of the rolling Sussex Downs; the South Downs extend for more than 260 miles, with the South Downs Way, a long distance footpath and bridleway, which runs for the full extent of the chalk ridge from Winchester to Eastbourne, a very popular route for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

    On a nine-mile stretch of railway track on the border between East and West Sussex, the Bluebell Railway – a heritage line – runs steam trains between Sheffield Park and Kingscote. The railway is managed and run largely by volunteers, and was the first preserved standard-gauge, steam-driven passenger railway in the world to operate a public service when it opened in 1960. Its steam locomotives make it a popular location for television producers and film-makers.

    Top Destinations

    BrightonTogether with its neighbour, Hove, part of one of the most vibrant cities in the country, Brighton is the seaside resort with attitude. Once a popular destination for London day-trippers, like many coastal settlements, the town benefited from the coming of the Victorian railway in 1843. Prior to this, Brighton was already a successful health resort, making the most of its proximity as a fine location for sea bathing during the 18th century. The Royal Pavilion was constructed as a royal residence by the Prince Regent, the work starting in 1787. Richly decorated, and one of the most extravagant Chinoiserie interiors in the British Isles, it was built in the Indo-Saracenic style reminiscent of 19th century Indian architecture. No longer a royal residence, the Brighton Pavilion is now the main tourist attraction in the city.

    Brighton Marina – In addition to being the largest marina in Europe, with over 1,500 berths, Brighton Marina has a stunning waterfront vista, with a plethora of modern hotels, bars, restaurants and leisure facilities close at hand.

    Bexhill-on-Sea – Once the childhood home of the great Eddie Izzard, Bexhill is also justly famous for the fabulous De La Warr Pavilion, a recently-restored 1930s Grade One listed building that has become a centre for contemporary arts events and architecture. Taking its name from the 9th Earl who commissioned the iconic pavilion in 1935, the structure was the first public building in the UK to be built in the Modernist style.

    Rye – A small, historic town on the confluence of the rivers Rother, Tillingham and Brede, Rye is one of the Cinque Ports, and is well-known for its connections with 18th century smuggling.

    Battle – This tiny town is the site of the Battle of Hastings, a crucial turning point in British history, when William, Duke of Normandy defeated King Harold, and became William I – the monarch who is now also known to us as ‘William the Conqueror’. A fine abbey – Battle Abbey – was built to commemorate the battle, and was dedicated in 1095, almost 30 years after the historic event took place.

    Chichester – The home of a three week annual theatre, music and arts festival, the cathedral city of Chichester has some of the oldest buildings and churches in Britain. The historic Butter Market was designed by John Nash, while the fine structure of the Chichester Cross was built in 1501 and stands at the intersection of the four main routes through the city centre.

    West Wittering – A small coast village on the Manhood Peninsula, West Wittering, and its neighbours, East Wittering and Selsey, are set on Bracklesham Bay, an SSSI eight miles to the south of Chichester. The bay is particularly popular with sailors, surfers and windsurfers. 

     


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    photo of Pigeon Loft , Hurst Green, Battle, Sussex
    This 16th century holiday cottage has been thoughtfully converted retaining many exposed beams and vaulted ceilings. Attached to the owner's home, it is ideally placed for exploring East Sussex and the Kent borders. ...
    Bedrooms: 2
    Sleeps Max: 4
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    Pets: pet friendly

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    photo of The Quarter House , Rye, Rye, Sussex
    Enjoy stylish beamed surroundings in the heart of the historic centre of Rye in this unusual, converted Grade II listed 2-storey apartment retaining original features, including beams and a working fireplace and dating ...
    Bedrooms: 1
    Sleeps Max: 4
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    Pets: pets allowed

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    photo of South Barn Cottage , South Barn,Downoak Farm, Main Road, Westfield, East Sussex
    Luxury 18th century 4 star Visit Briton graded cottage south facing with uninterupted views over farm land in a designated area of oustanding natural beauty.The cottage is fully equiped for self catering and includes every ...
    Bedrooms: 1
    Sleeps Max: 2
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    photo of Drift In , Bognor Regis, Bognor Regis, Sussex
    Peacefully located only 130 metres from the beach on a small private residential marine estate, which borders on an AONB stretching several miles from Elmer to Littlehampton. The architect designed holiday house comprises ...
    Bedrooms: 6
    Sleeps Max: 12
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    photo of Huggetts Granary , Huggetts Farm,, Fowley Lane,, High Hurstwood,, Uckfield, England
    The Granary is a spacious 3 bedroom cottage in an idyllic rural location and an excellent base from which to explore much of Sussex and Kent. Accommodation comprises entrance lobby, fully fitted farmhouse kitchen, dining ...
    Bedrooms: 3
    Sleeps Max: 5
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    photo of The Cart Lodge , Peasmarsh, nr. Rye, Rye, Sussex
    Nestling in the heart of the Tillingham Valley, these fine semi-detached holiday properties (refs 29071 and 29072) are situated on the edge of a beautiful pond with ducks and fish. The properties are located on a 200-acre, ...
    Bedrooms: 2
    Sleeps Max: 4
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    Pets: pet friendly

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    photo of Easter Cottage , Rye, Rye, Sussex
    A stylishly renovated Grade ll listed beamed cottage in the historic Cinque Ports town of Rye, perched on a sandstone hill overlooking the Romney Marshes and once surrounded by sea. Situated right in the heart of town, ...
    Bedrooms: 3
    Sleeps Max: 6
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    photo of Old Dairy Barn , Playden, nr. Rye, Rye, Sussex
    Tucked away with just sheep for company, yet less than 1 mile from Rye, is this adjoining holiday barn, the ideal spot for walks into Rye or Playden. Cycle to Rye and experience what this 800 year old cobbled market town ...
    Bedrooms: 3
    Sleeps Max: 6
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    photo of Cobbersfield , East Marden, East Marden, Chichester, Sussex
    Gorgeous Grade II listed 16th Century cottage in the heart of the South Downs. The ideal hideaway for friends, families and couples. Stunning location in a tiny village. Sleeps 6, 8 using sofabed. Gorgeous garden, large ...
    Bedrooms: 3
    Sleeps Max: 6
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    photo of Supetsa , Ferring, nr. Worthing, Arundel, Sussex
    Enjoying a wonderful location in a quiet residential area, this single-storey, detached property is in an enviable spot, just 150 yards from access to the quiet, unspoilt, pebbled and sandy beach - the ideal beach holiday ...
    Bedrooms: 3
    Sleeps Max: 8
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