Alfriston Clergy House - National Trust

The Tye, Alfriston
Polegate BN26 5TL

The Clergy House is remarkable as a surviving example of a typical thatched Wealden Hall House dating back to the 14th century. It was probably built for a yeoman farmer and later passed into the possession of the church.

Anne of Cleves House

52 Southover High Street
Lewes BN7 1JA

Henry VIII granted this beautiful timber-framed house to his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, as part of her divorce settlement. Let your imagination take you back to the 16th century as you wander through the kitchen or gaze at the rafters in the high roof of the hall. Collections: The Lewes Gallery tells the story of Lewes from the 15th century to modern times, the role of local resident Tom Paine, Lewes bonfire night traditions and the story of the Snowdrop Inn. Another gallery illustrates the important Wealden iron industry.

Bateman's - National Trust

Etchingham TN19 7DS

Jacobean house, home of Rudyard Kipling: * Left just as he left it, reflecting the author's exotic oriental tastes * Original illustrations for The Jungle Book, drawn by Detmold brothers * Delightful gardens run down to the River Dudwell and a working water mill.

Battle Abbey - English Heritage

Battle TN33 0AD

Stand at the centre of the landscape where England's future was fought. Imagine the battle as you follow in the footsteps of King Harold and William the Conqueror. Uncover the stories of the day, all vividly brought to life in the exhibition and audio tour. Start planning your attack on the country's most famous battlefield and abbey ruins, and experience the atmosphere for yourself.

Bayham Old Abbey - English Heritage

Bayham Road (B2169), Little Bayham
Lamberhurst TN3 8DE

Enjoy a wonderful family day out and explore the impressive ruins of 13th century Bayham Old Abbey. A perfect picnic site with plenty of space for children play whilst adults relax and take in the romantic setting.

Bluebell Railway

Sheffield Park Station, Sheffield Park
Nr Uckfield TN22 3QL

Steam railway running for 9 miles From Sheffield Park to Kingscote in East and West Sussex. Over 30 steam locomotives with several in use each running day.

Bodiam Castle - National Trust

Nr Robertsbridge TN32 5UA

When you think of a castle, you think Bodiam. Built by Sir Edward Dalyngrigge in 1385, Bodiam is one of the most beautiful and iconic medieval castles left in Britain today.

Brede Steam Engine Society - Giants of Brede

Reg. Office 42 Chyngton Way
Seaford BN25 4JD

A collection of heritage water pumping engines dating from 1889 and extensively restored. They depict the development of pumping technology through the steam period and into the diesel and electrical eras.

British Engineerium

Nevill Road
Brighton & Hove BN3 7QA

A beautifully restored working Victorian pumping station and museum of mechanical antiquities.


Near Firle
Lewes BN8 6LL

'It is not so much a house as a phenomenon' Quentin Bell once said of Charleston. It was in 1916 that the phenomenon came into being, as Duncan Grant, Vanessa Bell and David Garnett made the move from Suffolk to Charleston, where Clive Bell and Maynard Keynes were also to be regular visitors. Collections: Charleston is the only surviving complete example of the decorative work of Bell and Grant, with walls, doors and furniture painted in their exuberant style. The house shows an evolution in decorative style throughout its different rooms.

Eastbourne Heritage Centre

2 Carlisle Road
Eastbourne BN21 4BT

The Eastbourne Heritage Centre is housed in a delightful Grade II Listed Victorian tower house, 2 Carlisle Road Eastbourne. It was fomerly the residence of the Devonshire Park and Baths Manager.

Firle Place

Lewes BN8 6LP

Firle Place, set in an ancient park, has been the home of the Gage family for over 500 years. The estate is now owned by the 7th Viscount Gage.

Grange, The

The Green, Rottingdean
Brighton & Hove BN2 7HA

The Grange Museum has a wide range of exhibitions and displays of interest to all ages. Old Rottingdean is captured in the large collection of photographs showing how the village has changed over time.

Great Dixter

Rye TN31 6PH

Great Dixter is the family home of Christopher Lloyd, who devoted his lifetime to creating one of the most experimental, exciting and constantly changing gardens of our time. Incorporating many medieval buildings, the gardens surround the house, each complementing the other. There is a wide variety of interest from yew topiary, carpets of meadow flowers, the colourful tapestry of mixed borders (including the famous Long Border), natural ponds, a formal pool and the exuberant Exotic Garden.

Lamb House - National Trust

West Street
Rye TN31 7ES

Fine brick-fronted house with literary associations: * House dates from 18th century * Home to writer Henry James from 1898-1916 * Later home of authors EF Benson and Rumer Godden * Some of James's personal possessions on display * Charming walled garden.

Lewes Castle & Barbican House Museum

Barbican House, 169 High Street
Lewes BN7 1YE

Lewes Castle is one of the oldest castles in England, built soon after the Norman Conquest of 1066. Over the years it was extended and altered and its high keep and towers still dominate the town. Barbican House Museum, which stands opposite the castle, tells the story of Sussex from the Stone Age to the end of the medieval period. Displays include stone axes, Roman pottery and beautiful Saxon jewellery.

Lewes Priory of St Pancras

Cockshut Road Southover
Lewes BN7 1HP

Founded in the 11th century by the Norman nobleman William de Warenne and his wife Gundrada, the Priory of St Pancras was the largest monastic establishment of its day. It was demolished at the Dissolution but is still one of the most important heritage sites in Sussex.

Long Man of Wilmington

Windover Hill

The Long Man of Wilmington, mysterious guardian of the South Downs, has baffled archaeologists and historians for hundreds of years.

Michelham Priory

Upper Dicker
Hailsham BN27 3QS

Michelham Priory is an historic house, gardens, forge and watermill with 800 years of history and the longest water filled moat in England. The museum explores rural life in Sussex as a Medieval religious house, through the Tudor period and into the 20th century.

Mill Toy & Pedal Car Museum, The

The Mill, Station Road
Northiam TN31 6QT

The Mill was built between 1900 and 1910 and operated for many years as a gas powered flour mill, 100 years later the building has been lovingly restored and converted into a toy and pedal car museum which is widely considered the largest and finest collection of pedal cars in Europe. With exhibits dating from Victorian times, visitors of all ages will enjoy a trip down memory lane as a world in miniature awaits discovery.

Monk's House - National Trust

The Street, Rodmell
near Lewes BN7 3HF

Country retreat of the novelist Virginia Woolf. This small weather-boarded house was the home of Leonard and Virginia Woolf until Leonard's death in 1969.

Newhaven Fort

Fort Road
Newhaven BN9 9DS

Newhaven Fort is an award winning attraction and a fine example of an English fortification, Newhaven Fort has the sights and sounds of the past, offering a truly unforgettable day out for the whole family. Newhaven Fort's on-site military museum demonstates its role through the First and Second World Wars, offering exciting glimpses into England's dramatic wartime past.

Observatory Science Centre, The

Wartling Road, Herstmonceux
Hailsham BN27 1RN

The Observatory Science Centre is one of the UK's leading science centres. Explore science, space and astronomy with over 100 exhibits, both inside and out, amongst the domes and telescopes of a world-famous astronomical observatory.

Old Courtroom, The

118 Church Street (side entrance)
Brighton BN1 1UD

This historic Victorian building, situated just opposite the Royal Pavilion estate in the heart of Brighton's cultural quarter, was used as a County Court until 1967. It has been fully refurbished, retaining many original features, and is now available for day and evening hire for all kinds of functions.

Pevensey Castle - English Heritage

Pevensey Castle
Pevensey BN24 5LE

Pevensey Castle is a great family day out in East Sussex, encompassing rich history and fun things to do and see for adults and children. 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. Beginning in the 4th century as one of the last and strongest of the Roman 'saxon Shore' forts, two-thirds of whose towered walls still stand.

Polegate Windmill

Polegate BN26 5LB

An early method of grinding grain into meal was by using the rotary quern, and a working example can be seen at Polegate Mill.

Preston Manor

Preston Drove
Brighton & Hove BN1 6SD

Delightful Manor House, powerfully evoking the atmosphere of an Edwardian gentry home both 'Upstairs' and 'Downstairs'. Explore over twenty rooms on four floors, from the superbly renovated servants' quarters in the basement to the attic bedrooms on the top floor.

Redoubt Fortress & Military Museum

Royal Parade
Eastbourne BN22 7AQ

For nearly 200 years, the Redoubt Fortress has defended the Eastbourne coast. Formerly a barracks and store depot, it formed part of the chain of Martello Towers which stretched from Folkestone to Seaford. Today this magnificent building provides the perfect setting for the largest military museum on the south coast. Collections: The museum consists of several collections, primarily those of two distinguished regiments of the British Army, The Royal Sussex Regiment and The Queen's Royal Irish Hussars. The other major collection is that of the Sussex Combined Services Museum, which records all military ties with the county.

Regency Town House, The

13 Brunswick Square
Brighton & Hove BN3 1EH

The Regency Town House is a Grade 1 listed, 5 storey town house, built in the 1820s. It is currently under restoration and once complete will be open on a daily basis as a museum and heritage centre. Collections: Our archive focuses mainly on Brunswick Town and the greater area of Brighton & Hove between 1790 - 1840. It includes a number or books, prints, plans and drawings from this area and includes a number of works by the architect Charles Augustin Busby.

Robertsbridge Aviation Society

Bush Barn
Robertsbridge TN32 5PA

Robertsbridge Aviation Society founded their collection in 1973. Exhibits cover civil and military aviation, particularly World War II.

Royal Pavilion

4-5 Pavilion Buildings
Brighton & Hove BN1 1EE

Experience the extraordinary at the Royal Pavilion, an exotic palace in the centre of Brighton. Built as a seaside pleasure palace for George IV, this historic house mixes Regency grandeur with the visual style of India and China. The Royal Pavilion's lavish interiors combine Chinese-style decorations with magnificent furniture and furnishings.

Shipwreck Museum

Rock-a-Nore Road
Hastings TN34 3DW

The Shipwreck Heritage Centre, opened in 1986, is acknowledged as one of the best of its kind in the United Kingdom. It contains an interesting and varied collection of artefacts from several wrecks, and has on display a unique collection of wooden rudders from the 15th to 18th Centuries.

Sussex Farm Museum

Horam Manor
Horam, Heathfield TN21 0JB

Sussex Farm Museum at Horam manor is not just a collection of agricultural items, but is representative of all aspects of farming life over the last 100 years. Around the farmyard are carts, ploughs and other machinery; the large drying barn (an interesting building in itself) houses iron and brick items and a stagecoach. The main barn is divided into farmhouse room settings plus cabinets showing hobbies, toys, medicines, wartime relics and much more.

West Blatchington Windmill

Holmes Avenue
Brighton & Hove BN3 7LE

West Blatchington Windmill was built circa 1820 on a tall flint and brick tower to which abutted barns on the north, south and west side. It was beautifully illustrated by John Constable in a watercolour dated 5th November 1825. The design is of the style known as a 'smock' mill due to the resemblance in silhouette to the garment worn by the millers and shepherds of that period.

Whitehawk Primary School Air-raid Shelter

Whitehawk Road
Whitehawk BN2 5FL

An air-raid shelter sited inside school grounds. Benches, lighting and an exhibition of artefacts and transcripts available for visits from schools and other groups. Collections: Artefacts from WW2. Gas masks, old toilets, manufactured objects and old wrappings found in the shelter when re-opened.