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As you explore the Sussex region, you will find yourself saturated in England’s historical heritage. It is in Sussex that you will also find the vibrant and eccentric city of Brighton, which is not only a hub of culture but also a stunning seaside retreat.
However, if you’re looking to escape the excitement of the city then Sussex also offers picturesque English countryside, as well as charming towns such as Chichester and Arundel.
During your visit to Sussex, the 14th century Bodiam Castle is a must-see monument. This magnificent, medieval castle sits in tranquil solitude, complete with a vast moat. It was built in 1385 to serve as a military stronghold against a French invasion during the Hundred Years War. Today the castle is a part of the UK’s National Trust and is open to the public.
Brighton’s beautiful Royal Pavilion is also a must-see while in Sussex. Used as a seaside retreat for the royal family, the grand edifice appears an interesting juxtaposition to Brighton’s cobbled streets and quaint architecture.
In the heart of Brighton’s North Laine is Snooper’s Paradise, an emporium set on two floors with everything from furniture to fashion, bracelets to beard balm.
The Brighton Lanes boast a range of independent boutiques where you’ll find amazing trinkets and unique items, as well as some impeccable eateries.
Lewes Flea Market is open daily. You’re sure to find a number of one-off finds and treasures here, as well as some interesting collectables.
For your high street favourites, head to Eastbourne Arndale Centre for shops including Topshop, Lush and Pandora.