View of Hastings Pier, Sussex, from the beach

The historic county of Sussex can be found on England's south coast and is one of the country's sunniest counties. Sussex is renowned for its beautiful countryside and diverse geography, which includes beaches, forests, marshes and the famous chalk hills, the South Downs.

Sussex has numerous beaches and seaside hotels, which, combined with the mild sunny weather, have given rise to a number of resort towns. These include Eastbourne, Brighton, Hove and Hastings.

Best of Sussex breaks for...

  • Beach lovers: Eastbourne, with its award-winning beaches and well-appointed hotels, is one of the most popular destinations in Sussex. Camber Sands also offers miles of unspoiled sandy beaches, magnificent sea views and is home to East Sussex's only dune system.
  • Historical sites: One of the county's top attractions is the site of what is arguably England's most famous historical battle, the 1066 Battle of Hastings.
  • Festivals & Carnivals: Sussex also plays host to the Wildlife Festival, a week-long annual event where free activities are held at Rye, Hastings, Camber and Dungeness. Hastings also holds the Old Town Carnival, which takes place annually over the course of a week to celebrate the heritage and quirky appeal of the town.

Where to visit...

  • The town of Rye is worth a visit for its unique shops, cosy pubs and excellent seafood. Rye is one of the original Cinque Ports and is steeped in history. 
  • Eastbourne holds plenty of events throughout the year and plays host to Airbourne, the biggest free seafront airshow in the world and Eastbourne Extreme, which is one of the biggest extreme sports events in the UK.
  • Brighton is a vibrant and colourful city that is one of the UK's most popular and cosmopolitan seaside destinations. The city hosts the Brighton Festival and is a good base from which to explore the rest of the county as it has some wonderfully unique hotels. Hove provides some excellent hotels that may appeal to those wishing to stay outside Brighton, but within easy reach.