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davek Jul 21st, 2007 04:34 AM

Sussex and Kent Trip
We are spending time in Sussex seeing theater at Chichester and also going to Alfriston and Rye. What castles and gardens did people enjoy the most?

Also is there a particular B/B that people liked in the Chichester/Arundel area.


hetismij Jul 21st, 2007 05:09 AM

I love Bodium Castle. It brings back happy chilhood memories, as doest the whole coast from Rye through to Dungeness and beyond. Try the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch railway!

chartley Jul 21st, 2007 06:17 AM

We spent some time in Kent and East Sussex recently, and enjoyed our visits to Bodiam Castle, Batemans (Rudyard Kipling's home near Burwash) Ightam Mote and Smallhythe Place (Ellen Terry's home near Tenterden). There are many other good places in the area.
Further away, we enjoyed our visit to Walmer Castle between Dover and Sandwich. All the places listed are quite small, with visits lasting two hours or less.

janisj Jul 21st, 2007 09:01 AM

Bodium, Sissinghurst and Scotney Castle make a great day since they are all near each other. Each is amazing in their own right.

But you will not lack for places to visit. Farther north are Hever, Chartwell, Penshurst Place and Knole -- too much to do in the same day but any 3 would work, w/ Hever/Chartwell/Penshurst making an easy"3 fer"

And Great Dixter is wonderful . . .

Nonconformist Jul 21st, 2007 10:50 AM

Petworth House is nice. Is it specifically castles yopu're keen on?

My favourite garden in Sussex is Leonardslee. Wisley in Surrey isn't that far, and is also lovely.

rickmav Jul 21st, 2007 10:50 AM

You'll love Sussex. Can't recommend a B&B in Arundel area, we stayed in cottages. Here is my trip report which includes a lot of the castles and gardens you can visit:;tid=34943207

welltraveledbrit Jul 21st, 2007 11:08 AM

Love Great Dixter, the gardens are rightly famous and Petworth is indeed stunning. I also enjoyed the Charleston farmhouse not far out of Brighton and a center for the Bloomsbury Set includng of course Virginia Woolf. It's a modest building but very interesting.

If you're going to be visiting alot of National Trust properties (and if you're an Ameirican) it may be worth joining their US branch the Royal Oak society. It's $80 for a couple including, among other things free enterance to National Trust properties and it's tax deductible in the US. You will find this cheaper than paying UK rates to join.

Hope this helps!

jody Jul 21st, 2007 12:01 PM

welltraveledbrit just beat me too it. A membership in the Royal Oak is worth every penny. If you plan on visiting more than 3 NT properties , it will have paid for itself. They also have a very good magazine that comes with a membership .

janisj Jul 21st, 2007 04:03 PM

joing the Royal Oak is a great Idea - but not necessarily for the money savings. Strictly speaking the Great British Heritage Pass would probably be a better bargain. It not only covers all of the National Trust Properties but also other "publicly" owned places like RHS Wisley and Dover castle, andd also private ones like Hever, Penshurst Place and Leeds Castle.

RosemaryM Jul 21st, 2007 05:35 PM

My favourites in this area were Bodiam, Hever and Dover castles, all so different, but I also loved Batemans,and Battle Abbey. All of these are covered by the Great British Heritage Pass. There is just so much to choose from here.

audere_est_facere Jul 22nd, 2007 02:51 AM

If you're in Chichester don't miss the Fishbourne Roman Palace - it's an easy walk from Chichester (or there's a bus or a train)

moolyn Jul 22nd, 2007 03:23 AM

davek, you've had lots of great suggestions so far and here's one that's a little different that our family especially enjoyed, the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum just seven miles north of Chichester.

At least we enjoyed it until our son stuck his thumb into a grinding wheel and we got to visit Chichester Hospital and observe the British Health System first hand.

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