15 Best Places to Visit in East Sussex (England)

On the southeast coast, East Sussex is a county that will take you back to England’s very foundation.

The decisive Battle of Hastings was fought here, and William the Conqueror built his first fortresses in East Sussex.

Amid all this history is Brighton, England’s most progressive city, and a sort of miniature London on the south coast.

Visit Brighton for culture, shopping and nightlife.

And then set off on jaunt to see East Sussex’s ancient coastal towns, which have weatherboard houses, romantic tales of smugglers and ghostly 19th-century defences built for a French invasion that never came.

Lets explore the best places to visit in East Sussex:

1. Brighton

Royal Pavilion, Brighton

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Royal Pavilion, Brighton

The largest city in the county, Brighton is loved by tourists and the home of Britain’s largest LBGT community outside London.

Visitors are seduced by the city’s history, as well as Brighton’s youthful  and creative character.

There’s infamous nightlife and loads of leftfield, alternative shops and cafes, but also all of the old-time pleasures of an English seaside resort, as the Palace Pier makes clear.

With minarets and onion domes, The Royal Pavilion is a whimsical palace built for the future George IV while he was still a prince in late-1700s.

It was inspired by Indian and Islamic styles, fashionable during the days of the empire.

You have to go in for a tour, and with the help of an audio-guide you’ll get insights about the opulent lifestyle of the Prince Regent.

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