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The county town of Lewes can trace its history from the Normans, when the Castle and Priory were built. Landport, on the outskirts of Lewes is the site of the Battle of Lewes, where Simon de Montfort defeated the army of Henry III in 1264.Bonfire Night is a spectacular event in Lewes,
with the whole town being involved in the processions, bonfires and fireworks. Lewes was home to Anne of Cleeves, wife of Henry VIII. Thomas Paine (1737-1809) helped govern Lewes, before going to America where he


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was active in seeking US independence. The Thomas Paine
Trail is a historical walk taking you round the steep streets
and narrow ancient alleys to see many places of interest.
Harveys brewery and shop is a must for real ale enthusiasts. Established for 200 years, Harveys is one of the few independent breweries not swallowed up by the brewing giants.

The Royal Pavillion was built in stages between 1787 and 1823 for the Prince Regent, later King George IV. It is remarkable for its exotic oriental appearance both inside and out.
The Lanes, once the heart of the old fishing town of Brighthelmstone, is an intricate maze of twisting alleyways, offering an extraordinary mix of history and heritage; lined with antique, jewellery and boutique fashion shops. A walking tour is a great way to learn more about the fascinating history of The Lanes. Brighton City Walking Tours start from the Lanes and cater for a variety of interests, including film locations, literary connections, murder mysteries and ghosts.
Tourist Tracks also offer a downloadable MP3 walking tour of the Brighton Lanes – great for popping into your iPod on the move. For more information got to
Brighton beach is an attractive and vibrant seafront with a cosmopolitan Marina, restaurants and shops.

Battle Abbey
The site of the Battle of Hastings - 1066 and all that.


Dating from before the Norman conquest, Rye is one of the Cinque Ports.

This picturesque village is well worth a visit either by car or by walking there via the South Downs Way. Great for a cream tea and a visit to Alfriston Clergy House, the first property purchased by the National Trust. It is timber-framed, with traditional thatch and a beautiful cottage garden.


Glyndebourne Opera
In the world of opera, Glyndebourne is unique; it is globally recognised as one of the great opera houses. It stands next to the country home of John Christie, who founded it in 1934. Now run by his grandson, Gus, it is still very much a family concern. Its Festival audiences arrive from far and wide and an extended interval gives them time for an evening meal. Many choose to picnic in the garden. Some sprawl on rugs, others bring tables, candlesticks and ice buckets. Almost all wear evening dress.


Steam Railways
The Bluebell Railway at Sheffield Park runs all the way to East Grinstead, through Horsted Keynes. There is also a museum and it is open all year. The Lavender Line at Isfield is only five miles away; it offers short rides and is open from March to December.


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