With plenty to discover, the choice of where to visit can be overwhelming, but we asked readers which villages should definitely be visited. These are 22 must-visit villages in East Sussex, according to you.
The top visitor attractions in Burwash include Bateman’s (the home of Rudyard Kipling), the Burwash War Memorial, the Kipling statue, the Commonwealth War Graves and St Bartholomew’s Church.
In East Dean, the top visitor attraction you need to check out is the Farmers Market, which offers a whole selection of items to tickle your fancy.
In Alfriston, some of the must see attractions include visiting the Alfriston Clergy House, St Andrew’s Church and the Church of the Good Shepherd.
Top attractions in Groombridge include Nuts 4 Climbing, an outdoor climbing course for adults, with courses available for climbers of all skill levels. Additional attractions in Groombridge include the Raptor Centre and Groombridge Place Gardens.
Whilst in Broad Oak, you must check out the Three Legs Brewing Company, which is a small batch craft beer brewery. Available is a brewery tap where you can sample the range on offer.
In Rotherfield, the top two attractions you need to see are The Catts Inn, which is described as “a lovely little gem” of a pub, and Dewlands Manor Golf Course.
Hankham is a village in East Sussex, near Hailsham, Pevensey, Stone Cross, Westham and Willingdon. Near Hankham are attractions like Pevensey Castle, in Pevensey, the Observatory Science Centre in Herstmonceux and Drusillas Park, in Alfriston.
The number one visitor attraction in Fairlight, according to TripAdvisor, is St Andrew’s Church Tower. You can climb the steps to the top of the tower, and, at the highest vantage point, you can see for miles around, including striking views across the English Channel and the Weald.
Forest Row offers a grand selection of attractions for visitors, such as The Llama Park, which is home to llamas, alpacas, reindeer and more, the Ashdown Gallery and the Forest Row Market.
Icklesham has a number of public houses, with a church which was dedicated to All Saints and St Nicolas, and dates back to the 12th century. There is also an old smock windmill on Hogs Hill, which has been restored and even used as a recording studio by Sir Paul McCartney.
When in Bodiam, the top attraction you need to visit is Bodiam Castle, a 14th century moated castle. The castle is the perfect place for a day out, as you can visit the castle, the grounds and enjoy a well stocked shop and tea room.
If in Westfield, you must visit the Carr Taylor Vineyard. At the vineyard, you can enjoy a range of tours, such as self guided tours, group tours and even something called a ‘Gold Vineyard Tour’, which includes a tour and lunch for two people and a tutored wine tasting of five wines.
When in Sedlescrombe, you must visit the Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard, which is a TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice recipient. It boasts a vineyard and woodland nature trail and is England’s oldest organic wine estate comprising 22 acres of organically certified vineyards.
Ore is a village near Fairlight, Guestling, Hastings, St Leonards and Three Oaks. Interesting attractions near Ore include Blue Reef Aquarium in Hastings, Hastings Castle and 1066 Story in Hastings, and Bexhill Museum, in Bexhill-on-Sea.
Interesting places in and around Frant include St Alban’s Church, Saxonbury Hill and fort, Eridge Park and the Sussex Border Path, which passes through the middle of Frant village.
Piddinghoe is popular with yachting enthusiasts, who come to sail on the large stretch of water by the village. Interesting places near Piddinghoe include Paradise Park, Saltdean Beach and Firle Place.
Dallington is a village and civil parish in the Rother district of East Sussex. The parish church of St Giles is a Grade II listed building, with the unusual tower and spire dating back to the early 16th century.
Pett is great for the outdoor enthusiasts among us. When in Pett, the top two visitor attractions are Pett Level Beach and Guestling Wood.
There are a number of great visitor attractions to check out whilst in Robertsbridge, according to TripAdvior. Some of these include Footland Wood, All Saints Church, Darwell Reservoir and Robertsbridge War Memorial.
These are some of the top visitor attractions in Northiam, according to TripAdvisor: Great Dixter House and Gardens, St Mary’s Church, Queen Elizabeth’s Oak and the Northiam War Memorial.
Newick boasts many buildings with special architectural and historical importance, including an 11th century church. Other nearby attractions include the Bluebell Railway, Heaven Farm Museum, St Mary Church, and Cogcraft Gallery.
One of the top attractions to visit in Hartfield, according to TripAdvisor, is the Old Lodge Nature Reserve.