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?

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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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Medieval Falconry
Venue: Dover Castle, Kent
Date: Sat 06 - Tue 09 Sep 2014

Gaze skywards and in awe as hawks, owls and falcons soar above the castle. Discover the art of training, exercising and hunting with birds and hear the stories and legends from medieval times.

Harvest Season: Rhubarb
Venue: Home of Charles Darwin (Down House), Kent
Date: Sat 6 & Sun 7 Sep 2014

Join our expert gardeners who’ll cover a different topic each weekend giving you top tips from the harvest season as they draw from their experience tending Darwin’s famous garden – his ‘outdoor laboratory’.

A Curator Tour of Bayham Old Abbey
Venue: Bayham Old Abbey, Kent, Kent
Date: Fri 12 Sep

An in-depth look at the impressive ruins of Bayham Old Abbey. Explore the remains of the church, chapter house and picturesque gatehouse and admire the beautifully landscaped setting.

Victorian Falconry
Venue: Dover Castle, Kent
Date: Sat 13 & Sun 14 Sep 2014

Embark on a flight of fancy and journey to the Victorian age. Watch in awe as hawks, owls and falcons soar high above the ramparts in a traditional display.

Harvest Season: Bee Keeping
Venue: Home of Charles Darwin (Down House), Kent
Date: Sat 13 & Sun 14 Sep 2014

Join our expert gardeners who’ll cover a different topic each weekend giving you top tips from the harvest season as they draw from their experience tending Darwin’s famous garden – his ‘outdoor laboratory’.

War and the Horse
Venue: Dover Castle, Kent
Date: Sat 20 & Sun 21 Sep 2014

Re-enactment, talks, music and children’s activities help tell the remarkable story of the relationship forged between rider and horse in the Cavalry of the First World War.

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