8 days in East Sussex, Canterbury & Royal Tunbridge Wells Itinerary

8 days in East Sussex, Canterbury & Royal Tunbridge Wells Itinerary

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Ringmer
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Rye
— 3 nights
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Canterbury
— 2 nights
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Royal Tunbridge Wells
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Ringmer

— 1 day
On the 1st (Sat), take in the pleasant sights at Lewes Priory Park and then walk around Seven Sisters Country Park.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Ringmer trip builder tool.

Brighton and Hove to Ringmer is an approximately half hour car ride. May in Ringmer sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Rye.

Things to do in Ringmer

Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rye

— 3 nights
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. You've added Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Pevensey Castle, Herstmonceux Castle Estate, and other attractions to your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to St Mary the Virgin Church in Battle (about 30 minutes away). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Camber Sands, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Parish Church, stroll the grounds of St Clements Church, and step into the grandiose world of Bodiam Castle.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Rye route app.

Getting from Ringmer to Rye by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Rye can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Canterbury.

Things to do in Rye

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Canterbury

— 2 nights
Canterbury is a historic English cathedral city and UNESCO World Heritage Site, which lies at the heart of the City of Canterbury, a local government district of Kent, England. Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Canterbury Cathedral, get to know the fascinating history of Christ Church Gate, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Westgate Gardens.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Canterbury journey planner.

Drive from Rye to Canterbury in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Royal Tunbridge Wells.

Things to do in Canterbury

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Royal Tunbridge Wells

— 2 nights
Royal Tunbridge Wells is a large affluent town in western Kent, England, about 40mi south-east of central London by road, 34.5mi by rail. Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of St Mary's Church, then walk around Bewl Water, then take in nature's colorful creations at Scotney Castle Garden, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Brenchley Church. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Dunorlan Park and then take in nature's colorful creations at Groombridge Place Gardens.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Royal Tunbridge Wells trip planner.

You can drive from Canterbury to Royal Tunbridge Wells in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In May in Royal Tunbridge Wells, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Royal Tunbridge Wells

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

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.

Kent travel guide

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Castles · Nightlife · Room Escape Games
Garden of England
Located practically in London's backyard, Kent features a lush countryside dotted with thriving farms and fruitful orchards. Popularly known as the "Garden of England" due to its extensive agriculture, Kent has historically been the focal point for invasion attempts from Europe. In a fascinating reversal, the region is now a major embarkation point for tourism to mainland Europe. This area is also the beer heartland of England, with flourishing production of world-famous Kent hops, fine ales, and award-winning local wines, all of which are a must on your list of things to do here. The long coastline includes numerous beach towns and villages, many still retaining their Victorian charm. A holiday would not be complete without a visit to the pride of Kent, its celebrated Canterbury Cathedral, the most famous religious structure in England and a World Heritage Site.