The sun always shines in Sussex. At least it shines more often than in any other UK county. And why wouldn’t it when East Sussex and West Sussex have united to offer a wonderful mix of rolling countryside, village greens, dreamy seaside towns, cool culture, world-class wines, and a medieval battlefield you might have heard of once or twice.
Hotels in Sussex
Gatwick Crawley Town (Goff's Park)
Gatwick Crawley Town West
London Gatwick Airport (Manor Royal)
Horsham North (Horsham Station)
London Gatwick Airport South (London Road)
London Gatwick Airport (A23 Airport Way)
Brighton City Centre
London Gatwick Airport East (Balcombe Road)
London Gatwick Airport (North Terminal)
Eastbourne Town Centre
What to do in Sussex
At Battle Abbey and Battlefield, those history-defining moments of 1066 are brought back to life with CGI film, an audio tour and more. For those less bloodthirsty, the Duchess Of Cleveland Walled Garden awaits.
It’s with good reason one of our Sussex hotels is smack bang in the middle of Brighton. Full of soul and creativity, there’s nowhere quite like the Lanes for shopping. Hit the beach if the weather’s good; pop inside the magnificent Royal Pavilion if it’s not. Party the night away in one of Brighton’s buzzing and famous gay-friendly bars or clubs. Make sure you try some fresh seafood, too.
East Beach Cafe
Littlehampton’s oh-so-cool East Beach Cafe, designed by Thomas Heatherwick, serves up freshly caught fish and seafood, and classic English fare. Ingredients are sourced as locally as possible, and they’re all sustainable. How’s that for guilt-free eating?
During the extended intervals at Glyndebourne’s operas, guests can explore the gardens, munch on a picnic and generally soak up the eccentrically English - and very pretty - surroundings. Picnic blanket and plucky evening wear are a must.
Seven Sisters Country Park
Take a shore walk around Seven Sisters Country Park and see if you can see any shipwrecks. Even if you can’t, the marshland, stunning white cliffs and Meanders should be more than enough to feast your eyes on.
Get involved in some Tudor role play and archery, see England’s longest water-filled moat, and check out the working forge and watermill at Michelham Priory.
Fishbourne Palace, the largest Roman home in the UK, is brilliant a museum filled with Roman relics and remains. The Roman Garden Museum is bound to delight the gardening enthusiasts.