From rolling hills to bustling market towns, the South Downs National Park’s landscapes cover 1,600km2 of breathtaking views and hidden gems. A rich tapestry of wildlife, landscapes, tranquillity and visitor attractions, weave together a story of people and place in harmony.
Discover the white cliffs of Seven Sisters, rolling farmland, ancient woodland and lowland heaths or enjoy our ‘picture perfect’villages, traditional country pubs or flourishing vineyards. Let the South Downs National Park subtly seduce you.
Alfriston is surrounded by the Wealden South Downs and the South Downs Way passes through the centre of this historical village.
Around the village, visitors can enjoy our famous church (The Cathedral of the South Downs), clergy house along with galleries, cafes, pubs and boutiques offering a wide range of gifts, from unusual chocolates to music memorabilia.
Alfriston hosts many events throughout the year. The most successful being The Alfriston Festival, held over the late August Bank Holiday weekend, Farmers Market, New Year Pantomime and lots more.
Over Christmas, Alfriston is alive with bands, family entertainment and late night shopping, especially during the Dickensian Christmas Evening giving the village an extra festive feel.
A trip to Alfriston makes for a relaxing break to explore the historic heritage of the village as well as the surrounding countryside. Stroll along the Cuckmere river or into the nearby South Downs for the chance to enjoy the slower pace of life that seems to be infectious around this area.
You can easily spend half a day exploring Charleston's intensely decorated interiors and glorious Gardens. Light lunch, refreshments and afternoon tea are served in the Cafe and Bloomsbury-inspired gifts are available in the Shop. Wednesday - Saturday enjoy a one hour guided tour with an experienced Charleston guide or explore by timed entry at your own pace on a Sunday or Bank Holiday Monday. Open Wednes
What is Glyndebourne?
Glyndebourne is an opera house in the Sussex countryside. It is home to:
The annual Glyndebourne Festival
A widely respected education programme
A library of audio-visual recordings of Festival productions, many now available on CD and DVD
In the world of opera, Glyndebourne is unique. It is recognised globally as one of the great opera houses. Its productions travel worldwide, are performed live in other opera houses and screened in cinemas from New York to Tokyo.
Yet it remains a very English institution. The opera house stands next to the country home of John Christie, who founded it in 1934. Now run by his grandson Gus, it is still very much a family concern. Its Festival audiences arrive from far and wide and an extended interval gives them time for an evening meal. Many choose to picnic in the garden. Some sprawl on rugs, others bring tables, candlesticks and ice buckets. Almost all wear evening dress.
England’s longest medieval water filled moat surrounds the site which dates back to 1229.
Explore Michelham’s fascinating 800 year history, from its foundation by Augustinian canons, through the destruction caused by the dissolution of the monasteries in Tudor times and into its later life as a country house. This picturesque island offers a great day out for the family.
The Tudor mansion includes:
- Interactive Victorian kitchen
–WWII evacuee bedroom
–7 acres of grounds with kitchen garden, physic and medieval herb garden
–working watermill and forge
–interactive medieval gallery in the 14th century gatehouse
–replica Bronze Age roundhouse
–children’s play area
–trails, dressing up and hands-on activities throughout the house
–caféand gift shop
–regular events throughout the year (visit our ‘events’page for details)
Download a Michelham Priory Leaflet here.
Stand on the spot where 950 years ago, England’s future was fought in the decisive Battle of 1066. Follow in the footsteps of King Harold and William the Conqueror and uncover the stories vividly brought to life. This year see the new special exhibition, climb to see the stunning new rooftop views, and explore the impressive new sculpture trail. Inspire your imagination, start planning your attack on the country’s most famous battlefield and abbey ruins, and experience the atmosphere for yourself.
Towner is an award-winning contemporary art gallery and museum for South East England.
We present major exhibitions of UK and international contemporary art –and as a museum, we also have a renowned collection of art from across the ages. Learning and participation are at the heart of what we do.
We pride ourselves on providing an outstanding visitor experience –our staff are always happy to talk with you!
Sussex Downs College is the largest further education college in East Sussex, providing education and training from foundation to degree level. The college educates almost half of the county's young people and over 8,000 adults each year at campuses in Lewes, Eastbourne and Newhaven, and in the workplace. Sussex Downs College is the principle provider of work based further education and apprenticeships in these areas.
Founded in 1887 The Royal is a traditional members club situated in the lee of the South Downs. Comprising 27 holes of challenging golf, we cater for all levels of handicap. Both the Devonshire & Hartington Courses are maintained to the very highest of standards. Built on chalk we seldom see the courses closed. In recent years our friendly clubhouse has been substantially modernised. Our PGA Professional, Alan Harrison keeps a wide range of stock at competitive prices, in his Pro Shop, so whether you are after a particular piece of equipment or prizes a visit is highly recommended.
- Credit Card
- Free Parking
- Golf Course Nearby
- Gay Friendly
- Walking Holidays
We welcome dogs subject to approval by the management The Cherry Tree,a nightly fee of £5.00 will apply
A non-refundable deposit for the first nights stay may be taken on booking.Changes and cancellations to bookings made up to 7 days before the arrival date/time are without charge. Thereafter the total value of the booking may be charged if changes/cancellations are made or in the case of a no show.