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Brighton countryside/ near-by towns

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Brighton countryside/ near-by towns

Hello again,

Thanks so much for the most informative replies concerning going out and shopping in Brighton. Bojangles, your knowledge of Brighton is really amazing! I do pray for dry weather in England:)..

One more question I wanted to ask: what parts of the countryside towns near Brighton are worth a bus trip to. I've read about the Devil's Dike and the Beachy Head. Are supposed to be worth going to. What about e.g. Poole, Chichester and Southampton? Would these places be interesting to visit (I like architecture, old churches). I'm not too much into ships, so I don't know if I'd find Southampton interesting. It's just a sea port, isn't it?

Thank you in advance for any advice!

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1. Re: Brighton countryside/ near-by towns

depends how long you are there for and what you'd like to see, I'd add Arundel to your list (its very close by) for a castle and pretty village, and Portsmouth for seeing >>old ships<< including Mary Rose c1450 or some such and The Victory...if you dont like ships at all, there isa fair bit of shopping plus potential for day trips to the isle of Wight. I agree, skip Southampton, too far and too dull.

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2. Re: Brighton countryside/ near-by towns

Worth a visit to Chichester, a lovely town, plus nearby is the Fishbourne Roman Palace, where you can still see the mosaic floors and some of the walls of the original palace.


Also nearby is the Weald and Downland Museum, where you can visit the houses of the English countryside from the past.


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first off, don’t forget a visit to Brighton’s Royal Pavilion!



I’d second Arundel too;

Arundel (Castle, nice little village, some good pubs)


And also definitely visit Lewes (pronounced Lewis)



This is a good site for other ideas of historical places to go in Sussex.


You can get to Arundel & Lewes fairly easily by train from Brighton. Lewes is a direct service, takes about 15mins. For Arundel trains via changing at either Barnham or Ford for Arundel, total journey time just under 1hr.

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4. Re: Brighton countryside/ near-by towns

One place worth a visit is Shoreham, which has a old church (St Mary de Haura), the Marlipins Museum, a fascinating flint faced building and Shoreham Airport, the setting for many of Hercule Poirots' scenes from the TV series. You could also visit Steyning and Bramber Castle which are quite close.

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Thank you all SO MUCH!!

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6. Re: Brighton countryside/ near-by towns

Would have to agree with the others. It does depend how much time you have to explore and what transport you have. Southampton and possibly Portsmouth might be too far. You would definately get to see a lot in Arundel - probably worth spending a good half a day to see the castle and look around the village and then you could catch the train onto Chichester. There's a great Catherdral there and an interesting shopping and old town feel to it.

Hope that helps, let me know if you want any further info.


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Nina: I also agree with the recommendations for Arundel, Lewes and Chichester. Eastbourne is nice and I walked from the promenade to Beachy Head (it was a beautiful day) because I never saw a bus, but I did manage to catch one back into town. Definitely worth a look-see if the weather cooperates. The views are gorgeous.

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8. Re: Brighton countryside/ near-by towns

My favorite places in East Sussex:

Battle Abbey

Top of the bell tower, St. Mary's Church, Rye

Beachy Head

Not in Sussex, but close by:

Dover Castle (fascinating history - from medieval to WW2)

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9. Re: Brighton countryside/ near-by towns

Devils Dyke is worth a visit. 10 miles north of brighon. There's regular buses for £1.50.

On that note for £3 you can travel anywhere within sussex on the bus. If you want to go east along the coast the 700 bus goes all the way to Portsmouth.

I agree that Lewes and Arundel are good. If you like castles go to Amberley. Its a privately owned castle about 30 minutes drive away. You can eat there but it is expensive. Or you can just wander round the grounds.

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