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Eastbourne, Castles and Priory

Overview

Travel by Coach
3 Included Excursions
  • Visit Leeds Castle – the loveliest castle in the world
  • Discover 1000 years of history at Arundel Castle
  • Explore serene Michelham Priory
  • Enjoy traditional Eastbourne

Discover centuries of history on our holiday which visits three beautiful attractions – Leeds Castle, a Norman stronghold, playground for royalty and a country retreat for the influential and famous; Arundel Castle, set high on a hill commanding magnificent views of the South Downs; and Michelham Priory, which boasts England’s longest medieval, water filled moat.

This Holiday is Great For

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Itinerary

Day One: Home to Eastbourne  
We’ll make our way from the interchange to Eastbourne, where we’ll check in to the Bay Burlington Hotel and will enjoy an evening meal. (D)

Days Two to Seven: Eastbourne  
We spend the next six days among stunning seaside scenery in the beautiful town of Eastbourne with a chance to discover Sussex and Kent on included excursions.

We visit Michelham Priory, a magnificent Tudor Mansion dramatically set in seven acres of beautiful grounds we will feel as though we have stepped back in time as we travel around the priory discovering its history.

We also take in two beautiful castles, Arundel Castle is set high on a hill above the town of the same name, calling first at Worthing close to Brighton before continuing to Arundel. As well as the castle the town has a magnificent cathedral in a French Gothic style we will have time to explore the castle and wider town while here.

We also visit Leeds Castle, which has been home to historic figures including Edward I and Catherine of Aragon and is beautifully set on an island in the middle of a lake. Here you will be able to learn about the history of the people that have made this place their home.

The rest of the days are free for you to spend at your leisure. An Eastbourne highlight is the South Downs Way which starts to the west of the town and carries on past the impressive cliffs at Beachy Head and beyond.  (B,D)

Day Eight: Eastbourne to Home

Time to say goodbye today; we depart after breakfast and make our way to the interchange before returning home. (B)

Burlington Hotel

Eastbourne

  • Stay right on Eastbourne’s iconic seafront directly opposite the pier
  • Watch the world go by as you relax in the bright and open bar and coffee lounge
  • Discover the fantastic South Downs nearby and Britain’s tallest chalk cliff, Beachy Head

Little beats relaxing in in a modern coffee bar and lounge with unbeatable views across the sea front as you watch the world go by. At the Burlington Hotel you can enjoy all this in a central location close to all of Eastbourne’s finest attractions.

The world-famous Carpet Gardens, Redoubt Fortress and Eastbourne Pier are all just a stone’s throw away and the town centre with an array of shops and restaurants are just a 10 minute walk away.

The South Downs National Park begins just outside of town and is easily accessible and even by walking you can easily reach Beachy Head and a little further along the coast, The Seven Sisters. Fashionable Brighton is on the other end of a scenic train ride through the park and here you can see famous sights such as the fashionable Royal Pavilion or enjoy independent shops in The Lanes area of the city.

The hotel has great spaces for relaxing after a busy day in the area, the on-site bar and coffee lounge have huge windows opening out onto the seafront, great for watching the world go by. In the restaurant you can enjoy fantastic meals at breakfast and in the evening, with great and varied menus cooked by our dedicated chefs. For even greater space and comfort why not upgrade to a standard plus, superior or premier room during your stay?

Rooms at this hotel


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The Local Area

Included Excursions

Full Day: Arundel Castle

Today we take an excursion to the resort of Worthing, boasting a long promenade, lovely pier and pavilion, as well as fisherman selling fish from their boats on East Worthing Beach. We then before continuing on to Arundel, dominated by its imposing castle and impressive Roman Catholic Cathedral, this town will be of interest to history buffs as there seems to be a listed building around almost every corner!

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Full Day: Leeds Castle

We visit stunning Leeds Castle, set in acres of beautiful parkland with a wealth of history to discover. Leeds Castle is one of the most visited historic buildings in Britain and has been a Norman stronghold, the private property of six medieval queens as well as a palace used by Henry VIII.

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Half Day: Michelham Priory

A former Augustine Priory, established in the 13th century, Michelham Priory contains a number of historic buildings all of which are Grade I or Grade II listed. The condition of the buildings is of particular note, being between 400 and 800 years old, many with original features to a large extent. The mill was restored to full working order in the 1990s and is a fascinating example of how these watermills worked. There are a number of other attractions at the priory that showcase how the sight has functioned through its history. The Priory is also known as one of the most haunted places in the country, said to be haunted by the many people who have lived here over the years.

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