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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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Down House Garden Tours
Venue: The Home of Charles Darwin (Down House), Kent
Date: Every Weds and Sun in July and August

Enjoy an hour long tour of the gardens of Down House. Hear about the experiments Darwin carried out to help prove his theories on evolution and see how the grounds have been restored to their original Victorian layout, complete with authentic planting.

Summer Tours of Charles Darwin’s Garden
Venue: Home of Charles Darwin (Down House), Kent
Date: Wed 2 Jul - Sun 31 Aug 2014 (Every Wednesday and Sunday in July and August)

Enjoy a tour of the gardens of Down House. Hear about the experiments Darwin carried out to help prove his theories on evolution and see how the grounds have been restored to their original Victorian layout, complete with authentic planting.

Small Adventures for Royal Children
Venue: Osborne, Isle of Wight
Date: Fri 01 - Sun 31 Aug 2014

Traditional Victorian fun for kids (and mums and dads!) at Swiss Cottage and on Queen Victoria's private beach.

Bows, Arrows and Battle Tactics
Venue: 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield, East Sussex
Date: Mon 18 - Sun 31 Aug 2014

Steel yourself for action as a Norman or Saxon soldier this summer. Step forward and join the ranks of the Norman and Saxon armies. Practice your skills in the field with archery, sword, shield and spear, and pick a side for the Kids’ Battle of Hastings!

Castle Comes Alive - Campaign!
Venue: Dover Castle, Kent
Date: Tue 26 - Sun 31 Aug 2014

Are you ready to join Henry II’s army and fight for the King? Equip yourself with bow, sword or spear and practice battlefield manoeuvres. Perform well and you may be rewarded by the greatest king in Christendom!

Awesome Archaeology
Venue: Home of Charles Darwin (Down House), Kent
Date: Tue 26 - Sat 30 Aug 2014

Get your hands dirty as you become a daring archaeologist on our mini dig for the day.

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