Gems around Brighton


18 June 2020

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Gems around Brighton

Brighton & Hove, one of Britain’s liveliest cities, has a bohemian, artistic and eccentric atmosphere that can’t be found anywhere else in the UK. But if you would like to escape Brighton during your stay, there are many cities or villages in any directions nearby that you must visit at least once.

There are many choices. From the nearest village of Rottingdean, that can be reached walking cycling or by bus.. to the biggest City of Europe, London, that can be reached easily by train.


Lovely village a couple of miles to the east of central Brighton. Has plenty of attractions for visitors looking for a day out with its beaches, cliff top walks and sea views. There is the iconic windmill at the top of Beacon Hill which leads on to the Nature Reserve.

Mentioned in the Domesday book, Rottingdean is a picturesque seaside village that became fashionable in the nineteenth century among artists, writers and politicians. Rottingdean is an ideal place to spend an afternoon browsing the shops and galleries, relaxing in Rudyard Kipling’s gardens or taking tea in a traditional English tearoom. Visit their website.

Source Visit Brighton


One of the most popular villages in East Sussex, and for good reason. Alfriston is one of the oldest villages in the county. It was founded in the Saxon period and became a market town in the Middle Ages.

Take a trip to Alfriston for a relaxing break exploring the historic heritage of the village and the natural beauty of the surrounding countryside. Stroll north or south along the Cuckmere river or hike east or west up onto the Downs to soak up the natural peace and tranquility of the area.

Visit their webiste. (30 min by car)


In East Sussex, is one of England’s best kept secrets. Nestled between green rolling hills and the English Channel it’s one of the best-preserved medieval towns. If you’re fond of sand dunes, Camber sands Beach is situated 25 min from Rye with a regular bus service.

Visit their website. (2 hours by transport – 1.20 hour by car)


Charming, stylish and full of history, the picturesque market town of Arundel in West Sussex is probably most famous for two stunning landmarks – Arundel Castle and Arundel Cathedral. Enjoy a great range of things to do for families, couples and groups including fishing, boating, wildlife watching, outdoor swimming and walks on the nearby South Downs.

Visit their websites Arundel Castle, Arundel Cathedral, Visit Arundel. (45min by car – 2 hours by transport)


A mixture of the unusual and intriguing and so typically Sussex. Its medieval streets, old English churches and tiny twittens (a Sussex word for alleyway) allow visitors a glimpse into the true essence of bygone Lewes. Although surrounded by chalk cliffs, the townscape is dominated by the remains of a Norman castle and is also home to the handsome townhouse of Anne of Cleves.

Lewes also claims host to numerous contemporary art galleries and historic & special interest sites including the once mighty Priory of St. Pancras – a casualty of the dissolution of the monasteries.

Lewes is a market town of small, specialist, independent retailers and on certain days, the subtle aromas wafting from Harvey’s Brewery will attract any visitor to Cliffe High Street. Bookshops, boutiques and antique centres sit alongside individual craft workshops, and the restaurants, cafes, and pubs offer delicious choices all year round with real emphasis on local produce. Source from The Beautiful South.

Visit their website (20 min by car)


Nestled at the foot of the South Downs, Chichester is surrounded by beautiful countryside, sandy beaches, fishing villages, historical and family attractions, offering incredible diversity to suit every visitor.

This hidden gem of a City, offers everything you need for a quintessentially British City Break, and so much more.

Think cobbled streets steeped in history; leading theatre and art galleries; the very best chain and independent shops, bars, restaurants and cafes; vibrant green parks; hidden gardens; secret waterways; world-class historical sites, and hidden heritage. They have it all… and it’s waiting to be discovered.

Visit their website. (1.30 hour by transport – 1.10 hour by car)

Monk's House

If you are passionate of literature, explore the country retreat of the novelist Virginia Woolf, where she wrote many of most celebrated novels.

Visit website. (25min by car)

Bodiam Castle

Originally built in 1385, Bodiam Castle has spent centuries as one of the best loved and best known castles in England. Perhaps it is the design of the building, with an iconic moat and beautiful lush green scenery, or simply the amazing history of the building, which makes it so popular?

The design of the castle is something that still intrigues people in this modern time. It is a quadrangular design and features chambers on the outer walls as well as towers on each of the entrance points and the corners.

Visit their website. (1.15 hour by car)


Take in the unforgettable atmosphere of this World Heritage Site and best known prehistoric monument in Europe.

Visit their website (2.30 hours by car)


Capital of England and the largest city in Europe. Easy to reach by train for a day out. Millions of things to do and to see.

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 Visit London

(1.30 hour by transport)