5 days in East Sussex Itinerary

5 days in East Sussex Itinerary

Created using Inspirock East Sussex route planner

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Rye
— 1 night
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Brighton and Hove
— 3 nights
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Rye

— 1 night
Rye is a small town in the non-metropolitan county of East Sussex, within the historic County of Sussex, England, which stands approximately two miles from the open sea and is at the confluence of three rivers: the Rother, the Tillingham and the Brede. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): explore the engaging exhibits at Discovery Playground, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, and then stroll through Camber Sands. Keep things going the next day: stop by Old Town Hastings, tour the pleasant surroundings at East Sussex Falconry, then take in the history at Battle Abbey and Battlefield, and finally delve into the distant past at Landgate.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Rye trip planner.

London to Rye is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Rye are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Brighton and Hove.

Things to do in Rye

Parks · Wildlife · Fun & Games · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Brighton and Hove

— 3 nights

London-by-the-Sea

The vibrant seaside resort of Brighton and Hove features a lively nightclub scene and an abundance of cultural sites sure to keep you entertained for days.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brighton and Hove: Seven Sisters Country Park (in Seaford) and Eastbourne (Eastbourne Lifeboat Museum, Nigel Greaves Gallery, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront at Brighton Palace Pier, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Margaret's Church, try out the rides at Drusillas Park, and admire the landmark architecture of Royal Pavilion.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Brighton and Hove trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rye to Brighton and Hove takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July in Brighton and Hove, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can catch the train back home.

Things to do in Brighton and Hove

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Theme Parks

Side Trips

East Sussex travel guide

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Piers & Boardwalks · Beaches · Nightlife
Each weekend hordes of Londoners invade East Sussex, joining thousands of foreign tourists seeking adventure, entertainment, and relaxation. Get all three by planning a holiday to Brighton, the region’s biggest urban center and one of England’s most celebrated seaside resorts. Spend your vacation enjoying the energy of the region’s coastal towns, or escape the crowds by getting just a little off the beaten track. East Sussex features numerous quiet country roads, ideal for leisurely road trips, as well as a series of scenic walking and cycling trails. Far from the tourist-crammed towns, the region’s small villages offer hearty food, award-winning local ales, fine accommodations, and best of all, the pleasant company of the friendly locals.