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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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Knights' Tournament
Venue: 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield, East Sussex
Date: Sat 2 & Sun 3 Aug 2014

Marvel at our noble knights as they take on the ultimate medieval tournament. Swords will be wielded, archery skills tested and helmets battered. Soak up the sights and sounds of medieval encampments and laugh out loud at our silly jesters.

Bows, Arrows and Battle Tactics
Venue: 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield, East Sussex
Date: Mon 4 - Sun 17 Aug 2014

Lance steady. Visor down. Transform yourself into a noble knight at our Medieval Knight School. Learn sword skills, dance and etiquette of the 15th century.

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!

Battle of Hastings
Venue: 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield, East Sussex
Date: Sat 11 & Sun 12 Oct 2014

Re-live the atmosphere and tension as over 400 soldiers clash in the 1066 Battle of Hastings. Witness the action of the battle and immerse yourself in the living history of medieval life. An action packed and entertaining event for all the family.

Spooky Abbey
Venue: 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield, East Sussex
Date: Sat 25 Oct - Sun 2 Nov 2014

Tiptoe through the Abbey on a spooky ghost tour family adventure to uncover the sinister secrets of the haunting ruins. See if you can scare us enough to win a prize by coming in the best kid’s Halloween costume.

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