Days Out in West Sussex

Battle Abbey

From Norman castles to peaceful priories, there are great days out for everyone in and around the Sussex area. Discover more about the most famous date in English history at 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield, or why not take a trip to the coast and visit the fascinating remains of Pevensey Castle?

We have now switched to our winter opening hours, meaning that while many properties are open at weekends and are running events for all, there may be restricted access during the week. Please check opening times before travelling.

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Things to do in and around West Sussex:

  • Explore the 20 towers of Portchester Castle - perfect setting for a relaxed historic day out!
  • Pevensey Castle: Find out about the story of this coastal defence fortress.
  • Take a trip to the inspiring Down House, where you can take an interactive multimedia tour narrated by David Attenborough.

Places to visit : West Sussex

Camber Castle
Camber Castle

East Sussex

Enjoy a family guided tour around this historic castle built by Henry VIII. Camber Castle lies between Rye and Winchelsea. The ruin of an unaltered artillery fort designed to guard the port of Rye.

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Pevensey Castle
Pevensey Castle

East Sussex

With a history stretching back over 16 centuries, Pevensey Castle chronicles more graphically than any other fortress the story of Britain's south coast defences.

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Boxgrove Priory
Boxgrove Priory

The guest house and other remains of a Benedictine priory: much of the fine 12th to 14th- century monastic church survives as the parish church.

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Bramber Castle
Bramber Castle

The remains of a Norman castle on the banks of the River Adur, founded by William de Braose c. 1075. The earthworks are dominated by a towering wall of the keep-gatehouse.

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1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield
1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield

East Sussex

For a memorable family day out in Sussex visit Battle Abbey, the site of the 1066 Battle of Hastings. It is an enjoyable way to discover more about the most famous date in English history.

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Festive Guided Tours
Venue: Osborne, Isle of Wight
Date: Wednesdays, Saturdays & Sundays, Wed 19 Nov - Wed 31 Dec (except 6,7 & 24 Dec)

Have a festive day out and join expert guides to discover how Queen Victoria and her family celebrated Christmas

Great Tower at Christmas
Venue: Dover Castle, Kent
Date: Sat 27 & Sun 28 Dec 2014

Join the court of King Henry for a weekend of medieval festive celebrations at Dover Castle.

Unseen, Untold: Discover the secret life of Queen Victoria's Osborne
Venue: Osborne, Isle of Wight
Date: Sat 3 - Sun 4 Jan 2014

Winter guided tours of Queen Victoria's Osborne on the Isle of Wight

Hellfire Corner - Voices of Veterans
Venue: Dover Castle, Kent
Date: Thu 8 Jan

Come and hear heartfelt and often chilling stories in the very rooms in which they took place, as told by our expert Curators.

Unseen, Untold: Discover the secret life of Queen Victoria's Osborne
Venue: Osborne, Isle of Wight
Date: Sat 10 & Sun 11 Jan 2014

Guided Tours of Queen Victoria's Osborne on the Isle of Wight

Dover's Cold War Tunnels
Venue: Dover Castle, Kent
Date: Thu 15 Jan

Meet Cold War expert Mark Bennett, Senior Curator Rowena Williard-Wright and other experts who will set the scene describing Britain's first reaction to the new nuclear threat after WWII.

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