Home to rolling countryside, medieval villages and gorgeous coastline, this inspiring corner of England is besieged by weekending Londoners whenever the sun pops out. It's not hard to see why as you explore the cobbled medieval streets of Rye; wander historic Battle, where William the Conqueror first engaged the Saxons in 1066; and peer over the edge of the breathtaking Seven Sisters chalk cliffs and Beachy Head near the gentle seaside town of Eastbourne.
Brighton, a highlight of any visit, offers some kicking nightlife, offbeat shopping and British seaside fun. But you needn't follow the crowds to enjoy East Sussex. It's just as rewarding to get off the beaten track, linger along its winding country lanes and stretch your legs on the South Downs Way, which traverses the South Downs National Park.