Towns to visit near our Eastbourne bed and breakfast

March 2, 2013 | By More


Hastings - towns near eastbourne bed and breakfast

1066 and All That

Anne of Cleves House- towns near eastbourne bed and breakfast

Anne Of Cleves House

Lewes Bonfire, Guy Fawkes effigy - towns near EastbourneYou might want to visit these interesting towns near Eastbourne ; Hastings, Battle, Lewes, Brighton

Hastings is just 16 miles away from Eastbourne, (30 minutes by car or 40 minutes on the train or by bus an hour) it’s most famous for its connection with the Norman conquest of England but it was also one of the mediaeval Cinque ports of England and for centuries an important fishing port.  The Old Town is full of narrow streets and shops and the Smugglers Museum is an eye opening discovery of what the locals used to get up to!

The name is synonymous with the Battle of Hastings of 1066 where Harald, the Saxon king, was defeated by William of Normandy who had landed his army on the coast between Hastings and Eastbourne.

The battle itself is supposed to have taken place 8 miles north of Hastings. The town of Battle which grew up around the Abbey of St Martin, which was built by William after the battle, hosts a tour and museum that explains exactly what 1066 was about. The Abbey and the battlefield are cared for by English Heritage.

Lewes is the county town of East Sussex and just 18 miles from Eastbourne (30 minutes by car, 20 minutes by train). It’s an interesting town with its own castle (Lewes Castle) amongst other historic buildings including a 16th century timber framed house given to Anne of Cleves by Henry VIII as part of her divorce settlement, though she never lived there (she at least survived the divorce, so had a chance to)-it’s called Anne of Cleves house.

Lewes is known for its markets and its November bonfire night (perhaps the most famous in England) which commemorates not just the infamous gunpowder plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament but also the memory of 17 Protestant martyrs burnt at the stake in 1605. The renowned Harveys Brewery of Lewes brews some very fine beers which can of course be purchased at the Brewery shop and tasted in many Sussex pubs including, of course, the brewery owned Victoria pub just by Gyves House guest house.

Glyndebourne Festival - towns near Eastbourne

Glyndebourne Festival

Just outside Lewes is Glyndebourne Opera house which attracts amazing talent and large audiences for its world-famous summer Festival

Brighton Just down the coast from Eastbourne and Gyves House bed and breakfast is the very alternative seaside town of Brighton. ‘The Lanes’ in Brighton is a maze of historical alleyways with shops, restaurants, cafes and buskers. You can also visit North Laine for some more individual and colourful shops and cafes.

Brightons most famous building is The Pavilion, the seaside palace of the Prince Regent (George IV), as well as being one of the most distinctive buildings in the UK, it also houses furniture and works of art including original pieces lent by the Queen. Here you can find Brighton’s Museum and Art Gallery.

The Brighton Pavilion - towns near Eastbourne bed and breakfast

Brighton Pavilion

Just 40 mins by car and only 33 mins by train, you can also get a number 12 bus to Brighton from Eastbourne Pier , which is 5 minutes walk from Gyves House bed and breakfast. It will take just over an hour on the bus but sit on the top deck for a great journey down the coast, you could also get the 13X that runs on a Sunday or Bank holiday and this will even take you past Beachy Head too.


Newhaven to Dieppe-towns near EastbourneFurther afield, if you are enroute or returning to France, Newhaven is just 25 mins by car or 35 mins by train, from where ferries go twice daily to Dieppe (the crossing is 4 hours)……

 And let’s not forget London just a one and a half hour train from Eastbourne

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