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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 Clip Clops , Findon, near Worthing, Sussex, Arundel
    Clip Clops is situated within the South Downs National Park, nestling in the picturesque village of Findon in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The apartment provides spacious ground floor holiday accommodation for ...
    Bedrooms: 1
    Sleeps Max: 2
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    photo of Rumbolds Retreat , Plaistow, near Petworth, Sussex, Arundel
    Rumbolds Retreat (ref UKC1266) is a beautifully presented, 16th-century farmhouse with superb features, such as an Aga, slate flooring in the kitchen/dining room, splendid beamwork throughout (some low) and an inglenook ...
    Bedrooms: 6
    Sleeps Max: 12
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    photo of Pebble House , Goring-by-Sea, near Worthing, Sussex, Arundel
    This contemporary townhouse is situated close to the seaside resort of Worthing, in a quiet cul-de-sac, 150 yards from the beach and promenade. Cultural events take place throughout the year in Worthing, and there is a ...
    Bedrooms: 3
    Sleeps Max: 6
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    photo of Le Brun , Eastbourne, Sussex
    All on first floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with addtional single, 1 twin with additional single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Cloakroom with toilet.Gas CH, elec, bed linen and ...
    Bedrooms: 2
    Sleeps Max: 6
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    photo of Stable Cottage , Littlehampton, near Arundel, Sussex
    This attractive, detached former stables, adjacent to the owner’s large house, has been carefully converted to provide a comfortable and welcoming holiday home, suitable for couples or families. It is an ‘upside ...
    Bedrooms: 2
    Sleeps Max: 4
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    photo of The Studio , Three Oaks, near Hastings, Sussex
    Set in the beautiful East Sussex countryside, on the outskirts of the little hamlet of Three Oaks, you will find The Studio. An ideal spot for walkers and cyclists, in fact anyone that appreciates the countryside, ...
    Bedrooms: 2
    Sleeps Max: 4
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    Pets: pets allowed

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    photo of The Bull Pen , Compton, near Chichester, Sussex
    National Accessible Scheme Mobility Level M3AAll on ground floor: Living room with beams and French doors. Dining room/kitchen with beams and French doors. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin with en-suite wet room with shower, ...
    Bedrooms: 2
    Sleeps Max: 4
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    photo of Rosebud Cottage , Sir Georges Place, Horsham District, Steyning, West Sussex
    This beautiful 1850's holiday let has two bedrooms and sleeps three. It provides a comfortable cosy home for a couple, two singles or a family with one child. There is a traditional yet stylish feel to the accommodation ...
    Bedrooms: 2
    Sleeps Max: 3
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    photo of Bridge Cottage. , Rye, Sussex
    Built in 1830 this elegant town house in the conservation area in Rye, is under 500 yards from the historic Landgate Arch, through which one had to pass at high tide in order to reach the mainland when Rye was an island. ...
    Bedrooms: 3
    Sleeps Max: 5
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    Pets: pet friendly

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    photo of 5 Coast Lodge , Pevensey Bay, Sussex, Eastbourne
    On the beachOriginally part of a country house, this second floor holiday apartment is situated on the beach with panoramic views over the sea and coastline towards Hastings and Eastbourne. Pevensey is full of 1066 ...
    Bedrooms: 1
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