Coastal Escapes in Sussex
Stretching from the royal heritage of Bognor Regis to the medieval cinque port of Rye, the cultural coast offers the sunniest stretch of coastline in Britain, along the dramatic South Downs National Park cliffs and historic 1066 trail.
Our Top 5 Must Do's on the Sussex Coast
A Champagne River Cruise
Enjoy a champagne cruise along the River Arun on The Belle from the historic town of Arundel to the cool contemporary seaside resort of Littlehampton. Stop at the RIBA award-winning East Beach Cafe and see the UK's longest bench, a colourful installation by the 2012 Olympic Cauldron architect Thomas Heatherwick.
Artistic Inspiration in Worthing
Browse the fantastic artworks at the new Cloud Gallery and Beach Chalet Artist Studios at Splashpoint and stop for coffee at the decked bistro Coast Cafe des Artistes, protected by colourful windbreak sails. Discover the very best in Regency and Victorian fashion with a visit to Worthing Museum & Art Gallery, featuring one of the largest costume collections in the country, as well as over a thousand toys, dolls and teddy bears through the ages.
Follow in the footsteps of the Prince Regent
The extravagant Royal Pavilion pleasure palace built for King George IV is set in the heart of cultural Brighton with its distinctive exotic architecture and furnishings. Explore the gardens and enjoy a spot of shopping in the historic Lanes, a maze of twisting alleyways and twittens with an extraordinary mix of jewellery, antiques and designer boutiques. Head to English's seafood restaurant after for oysters on the terrace.
Discover the Secrets of Beachy Head
The UK's highest chalk sea cliff, Beachy Head in Eastbourne marks the start of the South Downs National Park with unrivalled views along the south coast. Visit by boat for an adventurous ride in a high speed RIB, for a unique close-up view of the cliffs. Nearby the village of East Dean is steeped in smugglers history, enjoy a pint of Legless Rambler from the award winning village brewery and visit the plaque marking Sherlock Holmes supposed final home.
Follow the 1066 Coastal Trail
Discover the birthplace of British Motor Racing at Bexhill Museum, and visit the De La Warr Pavilion for contemporary art in a modernist setting. Hire a cycle and follow the Coastal Cycle Route to Hastings to gain artistic inspiration from the biggest beach launched fishing fleet in Europe at The Stade. Nearby in the cinque port of Rye find award-winning antiques shops, the 200 year old Rye Pottery or catch an arthouse movie at the Electric Palace digital cinema.
Where to Stay on the Sussex Coast
Bexhill, Hastings and Rye
Follow in the footsteps of William the Conqueror and embark on a 1066 walk from Pevensey through to the ancient cinque port of Rye, the perfect place for a spot of antiques shopping. Discover castles, churches and Hastings Country Park with rare wildlife along the stunning coastline, or hit the waves at Camber Sands, popular with kite-flyers and windsurfers of all ages!