Attractions

Top Choice Palace in Brighton & Hove

Royal Pavilion

The Royal Pavilion is the city’s must-see attraction. The glittering party pad and palace of Prince George, later Prince Regent and then King George IV, it’s one of the most opulent buildings in England, and certain…
Landmark in South Downs National Park

Beachy Head

The famous cliffs of Beachy Head are the highest point of the chalky rock faces that slice across the rugged coastline at the southern end of the South Downs. It’s off the B2103, from the A259 between Eastbourne and…
Tower in Brighton & Hove

i360 Tower

Brighton’s newest attraction opened in 2016, at the point the now defunct West Pier used to make landfall. The world’s most slender tower is a brutal, 162m-tall column of reinforced steel and concrete rising rudely …
Historic Site in Battle

Battle Abbey

On this spot raged the pivotal battle in the last successful invasion of England in 1066: an event that had an unparalleled impact on the country’s subsequent social structure, language and, well, pretty much everyt…
Castle in Lewes

Lewes Castle & Barbican House Museum

Now little more than a set of ruins, this castle was built shortly after the 1066 Norman invasion. It never saw warfare, but there were riotous celebrations following the navy’s victory over the Spanish Armada in 15…
Ruins in South Downs National Park

Pevensey Castle

The ruins of William the Conqueror’s first stronghold sit 5 miles east of Eastbourne, just off the A259. Regular train services between London Victoria and Hastings via Eastbourne stop at Westham, half a mile from P…
Museum in Brighton & Hove

Hove Museum & Art Gallery

Hove can justifiably claim to be the birthplace of British cinema, with the first short film shot here in 1898. You can see it alongside other fascinating films at this attractive Victorian villa. Another highlight …
Area in Hastings

Stade

The seafront area known as the Stade (below East Hill) is home to distinctive black clapboard structures known as Net Shops. These were built to store fishing gear back in the 17th century, but some now house fishmo…
Museum in Rye

Ypres Tower

Just off Church Sq stands the sandcastle-esque Ypres Tower (pronounced ‘wipers’). You can scramble through the 13th-century building to learn about its long history as a fort, prison, mortuary and museum (the last t…
Landmark in Eastbourne

Eastbourne Pier

Mercifully saved by some clever firefighting when a huge blaze broke out in the amusement arcade at the land end of the structure on 30 July 2014, it took just over a year for this ramshackle piece of rusty Victoria…