Historic 1066 Country, Sussex, England
Historic 1066 Country
The thriving market town of BATTLE is home to the very spot where King Harold fell during the fateful conflict. Visit 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield (English Heritage) and explore the site of the famous battle between the Saxons and Normans. In the High Street, the medieval Almonry and Gardens is now home to the Battle Museum of Local History. At Yesterday's World you can step back through time, and enjoy bygone shops and room settings. Sedlescombe Organic Vineyards is just outside Battle and makes cider, wines, liquers and fruit juices.
See Europe's largest beach-launched fishing fleet in HASTINGS. The Old Town is home of the fictitious DCS Foyle of Foyle's War fame. It is also home to Britain's first Norman Castle, the East & West Hill Lifts and Smugglers Adventure - relive the daring exploits of the Sussex smugglers. Maritime attractions include the Shipwreck Heritage Centre, Fishermens Museum, and Underwater World, and enjoy a walk on the water by exploring Hastings Pier. Two museums to visit are the Old Town Museum of Local History and Flower Makers Museum, both in the High Street. Along the seafront you will find Flamingo Fun Park and Hastings Adventure Golf Complex and for children it's fun and play everyday at Clambers Play Centre. Just outside Hastings is Carr Taylor Vineyards who produce award-winning still, sparkling and fruit wines.
Pevensey was the landing point for both the Romans during the 4th century and William the Conqueror in 1066. Today you can visit Pevensey Castle (English Heritage). Nearby in the High Street is the Court House Museum, 16th century court room, prison cells and exercise yard
Herstmonceux is the perfect place for visitors to lose themselves in the magic and mystery of the modern science Observatory Science Centre and also Herstmonceux Castle and Gardens - a magnificent moated castle set in beautiful parkland and Elizabethan gardens.
Perched on a hill, overlooking the Rye Marshes, the town of RYE is a maze of Medieval and Georgian buildings, cobbles streets and narrow passages with plenty of architectural treasures to be found. It is home to the Rye Castle Museum, housed in two sites. The Ypres Tower, built in 1249 as part of the town's defenses, and the East Street site tells the story of Rye's long martitime history and much more. The Rye Heritage Centre, located on the Strand Quay is a great way to start your visit before exploring the town itself - the story of Rye is shown using a dramatic sound and light show. Art galleries sell works by local artists and potters. The Rye Art gallery not only has changing exhibitions by artists past and present, but exhibitions of local artists' works that you can buy.
CAMBER SANDS near Rye is renowned for its outstanding natural beauty with miles of golden sands and safe bathing.
The Edwardian seaside resort of BEXHILL is the birthplace of British motor racing. See the Grade One listed De La Warr Pavilion - a centre for contemporary arts, architecture and live performance. There are two museums - Bexhill Museum, situated on the edge of Egerton Park has many displays, including a unique dinosaur fossil collection, and Bexhill Museum of Costume and Social History in Manor Gardens.
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