East Sussex

Properties and events in East Sussex

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A Tour of All Saints Church Hove

All Saints Hove, The Drive, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 3QE
In person
Pre-booking not required

A tour of this magnificent Grade 1 listed parish church, built in the late 19th century in a Gothic revival style. The building was designed by the great Victorian architect John Loughborough Pearson, who was also the architect of Truro Cathedral.

Alexandra Greenhouse Hastings

St. Helens Road, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 3EL
In person
Pre-booking not required

Alexandra Greenhouse is a 1934 Richardson's teak and cast iron 36m building which has been completely restored with community funding and volunteer support.

Alfriston Clergy House

The Tye, Alfriston, East Sussex, BN26 5TL
In person
Pre-booking not required

See our fascinating archaeological finds from medieval to early 1900s.

Alfriston Clergy House: Weavers, Spinners and Dyers

The Tye, Alfriston, East Sussex, BN26 5TL
In person
Pre-booking not required

A great opportunity to watch the traditional art of spinning on a 13th century (reproduction) spinning wheel, to have a go at drop spinning and to learn about the craft of wool dyeing using plants from the garden.

Anne of Cleves House Museum

Anne of Cleves House, 52 Southover High Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1JA
In person
Pre-booking not required

Enjoy an insight into Tudor and Elizabethan life at Anne of Cleves House in Lewes. This stunning timber-framed medieval house dates back to the 15th century.

Aspects of North Laine - Brighton Old & New – a walk with Geoffrey Mead

St. Nicholas Church, Dyke Road, Church Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 3LJ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Aspects of North Laine - Brighton Old & New - a walk with Geoffrey Mead

Beachy Head Downland Trail: Victorian Rambles

The Beachy Head Story, Beachy Head Road, Beachy Head, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN20 7YA
In person
Pre-booking required

Join us for a guided walk around ‘Victorian’ Beachy Head!

Bodiam Castle

National Trust, Bodiam Castle, Bodiam, Robertsbridge, East Sussex, TN32 5UA
In person
Pre-booking not required

Let Bodiam Castle make your imagination run wild as the medieval ruin evokes a time of knights, princesses and dragons. Gaze at the castle’s reflection in the moat or climb the towers to the battlements where archers would have defended the castle.

Bridge Cottage Heritage Centre

Bridge Cottage, High Street, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 1AZ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Bridge Cottage Heritage Centre is a fifteenth century medieval Wealden Hall in the heart of Uckfield and is the head quarters of Uckfield Heritage. This special open day gives the chance to explore the building and see displays of local history.

Brighton & Hove in Early Film

The Regency Town House, 13 Brunswick Square, The Regency Town House, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 1EH
In person
Pre-booking required

Join us for the screening of early to mid-20th century short films about the city (then two separate towns), inc.1956 work by Brightonian John King.

Brighton Toy and Model Museum Tours

52-55 Trafalgar Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 4EB
In person
Pre-booking required

Discover a magical world of toys and models from the 'Golden Age of Toymaking' at Brighton Toy and Model Museum. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to hear fascinating stories that bring the collection to life!

Cable House 14

South Hill Barn Car Park, Seaford, East Sussex, BN254AR
In person
Pre-booking not required

Set in one of England's most famous views, this is a rare opportunity to see and learn about this 'haven of history'. It played its part in the development of worldwide communications and the defending England's shore in WWII

Clifton Hill & Montpelier; Brighton's West End – a walk with Geoffrey Mead

St Nicholas Church, Church Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 3LJ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Clifton Hill and Montpelier. A walk with Dr Geoffrey Mead.

Coastguard Cottage

6 Coastguard Cottages, Cuckmere Haven, Seaford, East Sussex, BN25 4AR
In person
Pre-booking not required

Come and have a look inside one of the most famous cottages in England, meet a descendant of the last Coastguard, and see artwork inspired by this very special place.

Downs Junior Presents Take Shelter

Rugby Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 6ED
In person
Pre-booking preferred

Explore the underground air raid shelter, the only one open in the South of England. Join us for tours of the shelter, an above ground museum and tea room for refreshments.

Heritage Jewellery Workshop Tour

2 South Street, Ditchling, Hassocks, East Sussex, BN6 8UQ
In person
Pre-booking preferred

Take a tour of a heritage jewellery workshop with an interesting Arts and Crafts history. Now the site of Pruden and Smith's Jewellery workshop, this building was once home to a entirely different traditional craft. Take a tour to discover its story.

Hidden Motcombe

36 High Street, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 1HH
In person
Pre-booking required

Discover the history of Eastbourne's Old Town and explore rarely opened sites!

Historic Lime Plasters, Practice and Maintenance

Regency Town House, 13 Brunswick Square, The Regency Town House, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN3 1EH
In person
Pre-booking required

If you live in a historic Brighton & Hove house the chances are that it was erected using lime plasters and renders, spend an hour learning about these intriguing materials.

Lewes Castle & Museum

Barbican House, 169 High Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1YE
In person
Pre-booking not required

Visit Lewes Castle, a Norman Castle built after the Battle of Hastings by supporters of William the Conqueror. Climb the steps to the top of The Keep for stunning panoramic views across Sussex. As you ascend, explore the history of this 950-year-old

Newhaven Museum

Avis Road, Newhaven, East Sussex, BN9 0PR
In person
Pre-booking not required

An interesting collection of artefacts, photographs and documents connected with Newhaven's history and its maritime connections. The museum houses many exhibits and archives connected with Newhaven's railway history and ferry links with Dieppe.

Ocklynge Cemetery Tour

Ocklynge Cemetery, Willingdon Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 1UE
In person
Pre-booking required

Join the Friends of Ocklynge Cemetery to uncover Eastbourne's history through people of the past in this guided tour of the cemetery.

Overlooking the Long Man of Wilmington: Wilmington Priory

Wilmington Priory, The Street, Wilmington, East Sussex, BN26 5SW
In person
Pre-booking preferred

Open once a year for Heritage Open Days, Wilmington Priory dates back to 1215 and alterations have taken place in almost every century since. Visit to explore this local landmark and discover its history.

Portslade History Day

St Nicolas Church, South Street, Portslade, Brighton, East Sussex, BN41 2LE
In person
Pre-booking not required

Portslade History Day comprises a number of talks at St Nicolas Church, South Street, Portslade BN41 2LE as well as a number of other events.

Royal Hippodrome Theatre

106-114 Seaside Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 3PF
In person
Pre-booking required

Catch a behind-the-scenes look at this old theatre before taking in an exhibition of historic material.

Sir Charles Lucas and his heritage

Lockwood, 2 Compton Place Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN20 8AB
In person
Pre-booking preferred

The history of Sir Charles Lucas (1613-1648) and his heritage, with associated portraits (Dobson, Lely, Reynolds, Lawrence) and objects.

St Bartholomew's Church

Ann Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 4GP
In person
Pre-booking not required

St Bartholomew, Brighton, is one of the great churches of the 19th century - the cathedral of what used to be called the 'London-Brighton and South Coast Religion' with its incense, ritual, embroidered vestments and lights.

The Crypt Gallery

23 Church Street, Seaford, East Sussex, BN25 1HD
In person
Pre-booking not required

Art exhibitions and a Medieval undercroft- this incredible gallery is not to be missed!

The Old Mint House, Pevensey

High Street, Pevensey, East Sussex, BN24 5LF
In person
Pre-booking required

Explore this incredibly historic house right in the heart of Pevensey!

The Secrets of the Sash: the history of a traditional window

Regency Town House, 13 Brunswick Square, The Regency Town House, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, BN3 1EH
In person
Pre-booking required

Join us to learn about the history of the sash window and how to maintain them.

Town Hall Open Day - Fun for all the Family

Town Hall, High Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2QS
In person
Pre-booking not required

Come along to the Town Hall to discover rooms not normally open to the public. View our collection of art work and Civic Regalia. Activities for children include colouring a crown and search for the hidden Iguanadon.

Urgent news from Sarajevo...

Italian Gardens, 53 King Edward's Parade, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN20 7XB
In person
Pre-booking not required

14 June 1914 stop Dieppe to Holywell stop Urgent news from Sarajevo stop…

West Hill; Brighton's hidden neighbourhood – a walk with Geoffrey Mead

St. Nicholas Church, Church Street, Dyke Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 3LJ
In person
Pre-booking not required

West Hill; Brighton's hidden neighbourhood - a walk with Geoffrey Mead.

Western Road – more than shops. A walk with Geoffrey Mead

St. Nicholas Church, Church Street, Dyke Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 3LJ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Western Road - more than shops. A walk with Geoffrey Mead

Winchelsea Wesley Methodist Chapel

Winchelsea Wesley Methodist Chapel, Rectory Lane, Winchelsea, East Sussex, TN36 4EY
In person
Pre-booking not required

The Wesleyan Society was formed in Winchelsea in 1774 and this 'Preaching House' was built in 1785. John Wesley preached in the Chapel in 1789 and the pulpit remains in the Chapel.