Often described as the ‘suntrap of the south’, Eastbourne is an elegant resort on the Sussex coast. The long, tree-lined promenade, colourful gardens and Victorian seafront befits a town famous for its charm and its dignity. This relaxing short break includes an excursion to Herstmonceaux Castle, a brick-built, moated castle built in the 15th century. On the tour we also visit the towns of Rye and Hastings. A definite highlight will be a ride on the Bluebell Railway, one of the first preserved heritage lines in the country. You will enjoy an 11 mile journey from Sheffield Park to East Grinstead.
April - October 2019, April -October 2020
Suggested itinerary by coach
Travel to your hotel.
Take a leisurely drive to the south coast, perhaps stopping off on the journey for afternoon tea.
Herstmonceux Castle and the Bluebell Railway.
This morning we visit Herstmonceaux Castle, a 15th century moated castle sitting in a 300-acre estate that includes formal themed gardens and woodland. In the afternoon we take a relaxing ride on the Bluebell Railway for the 11-mile journey from Sheffield Park to East Grinstead.
Discover Rye and Hastings.
Today we travel along the coast to the fortified hilltop town of Rye. Once surrounded by sea, Rye played an important role in the defence of the south coast of England. There’s an opportunity to explore the enchanting cobbled streets, secret passages and beautifully preserved houses from Medieval, Tudor and Georgian times. In the afternoon we travel the short distance to Hastings, with more passages and narrow streets (called Twittens). A funicular railway takes you from the Old Town up to the castle ruins.
Explore Eastbourne and the surrounding area.
The last day of this short break is a free day and a chance to explore Eastbourne itself. Perhaps take a boat trip to Beachy Head, visit the Victorian Pier, or simply take it easy, watching the world go by on the Promenade, or in one of the many tea rooms.
Preferred partner hotel
Best Western York House Hotel ***
Situated on the sea front and close to the town centre and pier. The hotel has restaurant, lounge areas and a bar. There is an indoor swimming pool and lifts. Some of the bedrooms are with sea view. Coach parking available a short walk from the hotel (charges payable).
|2019||from £256.00 per person|
|2020||from £259.00 per person|
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