Five Interesting Trips Close To Brighton
With stunning regency architecture, Victorian innovations and the more modern Brighton Wheel; Brighton is more than just the famous pebbled beach and cosmopolitan seafront. Welcoming 6,000000 visitors each year there is no shortage of attractions and things to do for visitors to the city. You could easily come to Brighton for a week and not run out of things to do. However, if you’re holidaying in Brighton and want a change of scenery, the surrounding areas of Sussex have a lot to offer.
Travel a short distance out of Brighton and you arrive at the stunning Sussex countryside. An area of natural beauty, with unique views of both the countryside and the coast. The 14,000 acres of the South Downs are the perfect place to escape the city lights of Brighton for a spot of walking, cycling or simply just to take in the sights. The legendary beauty spot of Devils Dyke is the best starting point, just five mile north of Brighton. From here you can walk or cycle at your own pace with routes suitable for all abilities. It’s not just the scenery, the walks from Devils Dyke are surrounded by history. Sights include an Iron Age Fort, the remains Britain’s first cable car from 1894, the Jack & Jill Windmills, Blatchington Mill, the unique Chattri Memorial and Ditchling Beacon. Free guides are available and bikes can be hired from South Downs Cycles.
The historic town of Lewes is the county town of East Sussex and just a short trip from Brighton by train or car. Towering amongst the Sussex hills is the 1000 year old Norman structure of Lewes Castle has something for everyone. Climb the zigzag steps to the top of the Keep for stunning views across Sussex from Coast to Countryside. Children will especially love the dressing up and activity boxes or fire a crossbow. The Museum of Sussex Archaeology, which house the history of Lewes from prehistoric to medieval times. All of the activities at the Castle tell a story of Sussex from the past, a great day out for everyone.
Anne of Cleves House & Museum
Just 10 minutes walk from Lewes Castle is the house formed as part of Anne of Cleves settlement from Henry VIII. This magnificent timber framed building dates back to the 1400’s and now houses a wonderful example of how people lived during the Tudor times. With original Tudor four-poster beds, kitchen and bed rooms all in period style, it gives you a glimpse at the past. The house also houses a museum of Lewes’s Tudor Wealden Iron Industry as well as the story of the famous Lewes bonfire traditions.
Only a few miles along the coast from Brighton, the 10 acre site of Newhaven Fort is a great family day out. Constructed in 1860, Newhaven Fort is the largest defence structure in Sussex providing fortification to Britain’s coastline through two World Wars. Experience how the feeling of being inside a air-raid shelter during the Blitz, explore the vast echoing tunnels built into the chalk or climb the ramparts and enjoy the panoramic views. The Fort also houses thousands of artefacts of Militaria from over the years including uniforms, photographs and weapons with many of county’s military connections represented including HMS Sussex.
The medieval market town of Arundel captures the essence of heritage and being just 18 miles west of Brighton it’s a great day out for young and old. With boutique shopping, great walks, historic landmarks and even ghosts, there’s sure to be something for everyone! Take to the water with a motorboat cruise along the river, hire a rowing boat on Swanbourne lake, go on a Wetland Boat Safari or simply just feed the ducks. Take a haunted trip around the old prison cells, visit the museum, one of the farmers markets or simply stroll along the river. Arundel’s biggest attractions are the Cathedral and the 11th Century Castle. The Castle is the seat of The Duke or Norfolk and is one of England’s great treasures. When you’ve walked yourself an appetite there are no shortage of independent cafes and restaurants but one of the best places to eat is the Black Rabbit, just a short walk from the castle.
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