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South Downs Way
A long distance footpath and bridleway running 100 miles from Eastbourne to Winchester.
Poppy field at sunset © Gerard Charnley MVP arr
South Downs Way
A long distance footpath and bridleway running 100 miles from Eastbourne to Winchester.
Poppy field at sunset © Gerard Charnley MVP arr

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There are 115 places to visit in East Sussex listed below. The places are in listed in order of the number of times they have been voted finest.

Places that have paid for a boost in their listing are shown first and in bold.

You may vote for any place once by clicking 

Brighton Palace Pier   Brighton 3
Brighton Palace Pier, Madeira Drive, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 1TW, England, UK.
Brighton Palace Pier at Brighton Palace Pier

Brighton Palace Pier, also known as Brighton Pier is a pleasure pier that opened in May 1899. The pier is 1772 feet long and features retail shops, three bars, over thirty food kiosks, traditional seaside stalls, two amusement arcades, rides for all the family, a world famous fish and chip restaurant, and its own radio station. 

Always read and obey the safety signs and follow the beach safety ...

Brighton Palace Pier ©
Royal Pavilion   Brighton 3
4/5 Pavilion Buildings, New Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1EE, England, UK.
Royal Pavilion at Royal Pavilion

The Royal Pavilion is a neo-classical villa lavishly decorated in a chinoiserie style surrounded by glorious gardens. You may tour the Long Gallery, Banqueting Room Gallery, Saloon, Royal Bedrooms, Music Room Gallery and kitchen amongst others.

The Royal Pavilion was built in three stages, between 1787 and 1823 for the then Prince Regent, later King George IV. It is built in the Indo-Saracenic ...

Royal Pavilion © Xgkkp (GNU)
The Observatory Science Centre   Herstmonceux 3
The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 1RN, England, UK.
Crab Nebula at The Observatory Science Centre

The Observatory Science Centre is an astronomical observatory that is home to six historical telescopes which were left behind when the Royal Greenwich Observatory (RGO) moved to Cambridge in 1990. Several of the telescopes are used during open evenings for viewing. The 26-inch Thompson refractor was used recently by Venetia Burney-Phair to view Pluto for the very first time after naming it in 1930 as ...

Crab Nebula ©
Rye Castle Museum and Ypres Tower   Rye 3
3, East Street, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 7JY, England, UK.
Ypres Tower at Rye Castle Museum and Ypres Tower

Rye Castle was built in 1249 with approval from Henry III.

Ypres Tower is part of Rye Castle Museum and has exhibits which include locally-made medieval pottery, an embroidery depicting many aspects of Rye life and history, medieval artifacts, activities and town maps.

Rye Castle Museum has its main site in East Street which has many exhibits and activities.

Ypres Tower © Tony Hisgett cc
Blue Reef Aquarium Hastings   Hastings 3
Blue Reef Aquarium, Rock-A-Nore Road, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 3DW, England, UK.
Giant Pacific Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) at Blue Reef Aquarium Hastings

The Blue Reef Aquarium has over 30 displays featuring British coastal and tropical reef species. The aquarium features a brilliant viewing tunnel which allows you to walk beneath rays, sharks and many other species.

The aquarium also features several reptiles.

There is a café supplying hot and cold snacks and a marine themed gift shop.

The aquarium supports several conservation ...

Giant Pacific Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) © photo by Bachrach44
Hastings Castle   Hastings 3
Hastings Castle, East Hill, Hastings, East Sussex, England, UK.
Hastings Castle 1969 at Hastings Castle

Hastings Castle was built in 1066. In 1287, following heavy storms, parts of the castle fell into the sea. Throughout the 15th century further erosion caused more of the castle to be lost to the sea and in the mid-16th Century, Henry VIII commissioned that all Catholic monasteries were to be destroyed and the castle was left to decay. The castle suffered further damage when it was bombed during ...

Hastings Castle 1969 © Tickler Tin
Park Corner Heath Butterfly Reserve    ~ Free ~ Nr East Hoathly 3
Park Corner Heath Butterfly Reserve, Park Lane, Nr East Hoathly, East Sussex, BN8 6RD, England, UK.
Elephant Hawk Moth ♂ (Deilephila elpenor) at Park Corner Heath Butterfly Reserve

Park Corner Heath Butterfly Reserve is nature reserve cared for and maintained by Butterfly Conservation. The reserve is part of Vert Wood.

Butterfly Conservation maintains 34 nature reserves and promotes conservation and protection of butterflies and moths and their habitats.

As a registered charity donations are gratefully received to fund important work. You may donate when you visit ...

Elephant Hawk Moth ♂ (Deilephila elpenor) © Rachel Lucie Johns
Rowland Wood Butterfly Reserve   ~ Free ~ Nr. East Hoathly 3
Park Lane, Nr. East Hoathly, East Sussex, BN8 6RD, England, UK.
Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary ♂ (Boloria selene) at Rowland Wood Butterfly Reserve

Rowland Wood Heath Butterfly Reserve adjoins Park Corner Heath Butterfly Reserve and is a part of Vert Wood. Several species of butterfly live here, notably Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Silver-Washed Fritillary, Grizzled Skipper and White Admiral.

The reserve is cared for by volunteers for Butterfly Conservation.

Turn off the A22 at Park Corner and park in the lay-by on the right. Just ...

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary ♂ (Boloria selene) © James Lindsey cc
Rye Harbour Nature Reserve   ~ Free ~ Rye 3
Rye, East Sussex, TN31 7TU, England, UK.
Sandwich Tern (Thalasseus sandvicensis) at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve is 800 acres of several habitats such as shingle, saltmarsh, sand, rivers, woodland, scrub and pits of land bounded by the River Rother and River Brede.

It is cared for primarily by Sussex Wildlife Trust with the help of other organisations.

Always read and obey the safety signs and follow the beach safety advice of the RNLI on their website.

Sandwich Tern (Thalasseus sandvicensis) © Matt Edwards (GNU)
Charleston   Firle 3
Charleston, Firle, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 6LL, England, UK.
Charleston Farmhouse at Charleston

Charleston was the home of the Bloomsbury group, a group of writers, painters and intellectuals. The house shows the decorative style of Vannessa Bell and Duncan Grant. There is also an artists' garden.

An exhibition gallery displays both contemporary and historical fine and decorative art. There is a shop selling applied art and books relating to Bloomsbury, a tea room and a video ...

Charleston Farmhouse ©
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