Join us on this East Sussex Explorer, where we'll uncover the beauty of Herstmonceux Castle, ride the nostalgic Bluebell Railway, and explore the towns of Royal Tunbridge Wells, Hastings, and Brighton.
Day 1 We travel eastwards and have a stop at Alfriston, take the high road up to Birling Gap, before making our way down to Eastbourne. The afternoon is free to explore the town or relax in the lounges.
Day 2 After breakfast, we head to Hastings, famous for the 1066 battle. You'll have free time to explore, visit the castle ruins, or ride the funicular railway. Later, we visit Royal Tunbridge Wells, where the Pantiles offer art galleries, shops, and cafés for you to enjoy at your leisure.
Day 3 A drive through the countryside to Sheffield Park to join the Bluebell Railway for a nostalgic return train ride to East Grinstead. In the afternoon we set forth for Herstmonceux Castle, a captivating 15th-century moated fortress that stands as the centrepiece of a sprawling 300-acre estate.
Day 4 A free day to explore Eastbourne. Alternatively, join your driver on a half-day excursion to Rye, with its quaint charm, 18th-century cobbled streets, and breathtaking views of Romney Marsh.
Day 5 Leaving after a leisurely breakfast, we depart our hotel and make our way homewards, with a stop in Brighton along the way.
Our three-star hotel enjoys a relaxed, laid-back seafront location just 400 yards from Eastbourne Pier and a pleasant stroll from the town centre. There is a restaurant and bar. There is a swimming pool and bedrooms have TV, telephone, fan, hairdryer, and hospitality tray. The hotel has free WiFi and a lift to all floors.