Brighton is the most visited city in East Sussex. It is one of the nicest of England’s seaside resort towns with an architectural legacy of its importance during the Georgian and Victorian eras as well as interesting neighbourhoods such as The Lanes and the more alternative North Laine.
The major towns of Eastbourne and Hastings are located east of Brighton. These towns are also seaside resorts that were popular during the Victorian era but are smaller and less developed than Brighton.
Although Eastbourne is not a major destination for international tourists, it is very well located for visiting the impressive chalk cliffs of Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters as well as the castles in nearby Pevensey and Herstmonceux.
The historic fishing port of Hastings is a popular destination with an old town full of fish and chips shops and maritime attractions.
Just a short distance northwest of Hastings is Battle, a small town that was the scene of the Battle of Hastings in 1066 when William the Conqueror defeated King Harold. Many people visit Battle on a day trip from Hastings, although you can also stay in the town. The main attraction here is Battle Abbey and Battlefield.
Rye is a small town at the southeastern corner of East Sussex. It was a major port during the medieval period and has a small castle and several interesting museums. It is a lovely town that is popular with both international tourists and weekend visitors from London and Mermaid Street in Rye is regarded as one of England’s prettiest streets.