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East Sussex – Location of the “Battle of Hastings”

Evidence of a prehistoric race of people has been found in the county and the remains found have been called the “Boxgrove man” (after the location in which the bones were found). They are thought to belong to a species known as Homo Heidelbergensis. The findings are said to date back around 500,000 years.

There are also remains from the Early Bronze Age, the first evidence of the migration of people from northern Europe since the early Neolithic period. Many Iron Age settlements can also be found in East Sussex. The area was also occupied by a Roman army as early as 55 BC (for a short time), before the Roman Conquest in 43 AD.

After the Romans came the Saxons and then the Normans. It was in 1066 that the Battle of Hastings took place and saw the defeat of the English and the death of King Harold.

Reasons to visit East Sussex

There are plenty of historic places to visit and the popular coastal town of Brighton (famous for its pebbled beach). Some of the locations worth seeing include Herstmonceux Castle (a 15th century moated castle), Anne of Cleves House Museum, Sea Life Centre (the longest walk through an underwater observation tunnel in England), Brickwall House and Gardens (Jacobean house and gardens), Lewes Castle (Norman castle), Battle Abbey (the spot where King Harold was killed), Hastings Castle (Britain’s first Norman Castle, 1067), Bodiam Castle (1385 “fairy-tale” castle), Brighton Palace Pier, Pevensey Castle (where William the Conqueror landed in 1066) and the Royal Pavillion.

Entertainment and Dining in East Sussex

There is lots to do in East Sussex with a good selection of theatres, cinemas, nightclubs and pubs. You can find plenty of good eating places like Bentons in Hastings, Pomegranate in Brighton and the Graze in Hove.

Accommodation in East Sussex

A huge selection of Guest Houses and B&Bs (especially along the coast), self-catering apartments and camping sites. Hotels include the Hotel Una in Brighton, The Hope Anchor Hotel in Rye and the New Wilmington Hotel in Eastbourne.