Pevensey’s history dates to the 4th century when a Roman fort was built here, and on 28 September 1066 William the Conqueror landed here before marching to take part in the Battle of Hastings.
Shortly afterwards, Robert de Mortain (William’s half-brother) built Pevensey Castle on the grounds of the original Roman fort.
Pevensey is a lovely village with a rich history. There are a couple of nice pubs, a small local history museum and Pevensey Castle.
Many people visit as a day trip from nearby Eastbourne but spending the night means that you can have the whole place to yourself during the evening and early morning.
Pevensey is located between Eastbourne and Hastings and has excellent transport connections from both towns, although it is a little easier to get here from Eastbourne which is closer.
Pevensey lies on the railway line that links Eastbourne with Hastings although some trains do not stop here. The train takes 10–12 minutes from Eastbourne and 23 minutes from Hastings but trains that stop in Pevensey only run once per hour. Both Pevensey & Westham and Pevensey Bay railway stations are within walking distance to the castle (Pevensey Bay is the closer of the two but only by a few minutes’ walk).
Stagecoach Bus routes 55 and 99 run to Pevensey from Eastbourne (of these two bus routes, bus 55 stops closest to the castle but route 99 runs more frequently). Bus 99 also goes to Hastings.