Top Choice Palace in Brighton & Hove

Royal Pavilion

The city’s must-see attraction is the Royal Pavilion, 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…
Museum in Eastbourne

Museum of Shops

This small museum is swamped by an obsessive collection of how-we-used-to-live memorabilia spread over four floors. Exhibits are laid out in mock shops and rooms inhabited by showroom dummies dressed in period cloth…
Church in Rye

Church of St Mary the Virgin

Rye’s church is a hotchpotch of medieval and later styles. Its turret clock is the oldest in England (1561) still working with its original pendulum, which swings above your head as you enter. Climb the tower for pr…
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…
House in Rye

Lamb House

This Georgian town house is a favourite stomping ground for local apparitions, but its most famous resident was American writer Henry James, who lived here from 1898 to 1916, during which time he wrote The Wings of …
Landmark in Brighton & Hove

Brighton Pier

This grand century-old pier is the place to experience Brighton’s tackier side. There are plenty of stomach-churning fairground rides and dingy amusement arcades to keep you amused, and candy floss and Brighton rock…
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…
Museum in Hastings

Fishermen’s Museum

Shoals of barnacled exhibits swim around the huge Enterprise fishing boat at this Stade museum, housed in a former fishers’ church.
Museum in Hastings

Shipwreck Museum

An old-school repository of junk salvaged from various vessels that have sunk in the Channel, plus sections on fossils and diving.
Ruins in Hastings

Hastings Castle

This fortress was built by William the Conquerer, and an exhibition in the grounds tells the story of the castle and the Battle of Hastings in 1066.