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England's Beautiful County of Sussex

Updated on June 5, 2014

England Has The Royal Family & The Beautiful English County of Sussex.

The English county of Sussex Is 1066 country, home to the battlefield of old upon which two countries fought in The Great Battle of Hastings and lost when King Harold of England received the fatal arrow that cost him his country and his life and some say also took out the sight of an eye though that story is more heresay than fact & not to be believed.

The Sussex townships both coastal and rural where men of English myth and legend such as Merlin, Lancelot and such likes protected England and King Arthur. Sussex is the ancient, historical, medieval home to the legendary Kings & Queens of medieval England where Knights threw down their gauntlets before the King of England to offer-up and to accept the challenge to fight till death in jousting matches in order to win favor of or from the ruling King, favors such as the hand in marriage to a member of the Royal Family or Royal household.

Sussex Is my most favourite place in the whole of England and after you have finished reading this lens you will understand what makes Sussex unique and unlike anywhere else...anywhere.

Photo taken in the grounds of Battle Abbey, Sussex where King Harold lost an eye, his life and England according to myth and legend.

As well as the beautiful countryside of Sussex with it's historic castle's and old towns there are stretches of golden sandy beaches belonging to the coastal Sussex, the sea-side towns, and minsters that are otherwise known as Sussex-on-Sea.. Places such as award winning Littlehampton beach where the sun shines all day during the summer months. Littlehampton & Bognor Regis have excellent fascilities worthy of flying the official English quality flag for being both safe & clean as do many of the sea-side resorts of Sussex-by-Sea, a symbol to be proud of showing the highest of standards are both present, current and proven to be periodically maintained. A scarce award given to a scarce few for excelling in excellence.

Bognor Regis is a typical English Seaside/beach resort and very popular with families. The beach has won awards for being one of the best and safest stretch of beaches in England as has Littlehampton beach. Both town resorts have excellent nightlife, restaurants & places to visit to make your stay really memorable and somewhere you will want to return to for a 2nd visit.

Brighton Deck-Chairs
Brighton Deck-Chairs

BRIGHTON BEACH

Brighton holds " something for everyone "

Brighton beach was the first English seaside resort and has been very popular ever since Regency times when the then Prince of Wales lived there since before he became the King George IV, it was he that had the Royal Pavillion built which is reminiscent of the Arabian Knights Palaces and a sight to behold which you absolutely cannot miss when you visit Brighton.

Stripey deck-chairs are strewn all over the pebble beach which are for hire for about a pound for the afternoon and it is very therapeutic to sit in a deck chair whilst watching the waves lapping the shore, something else which I love to do whilst visiting Brighton. There is also a pier which has fortune-tellers and shell-fish stalls enticing you to try their wares and great fun!

Sussex is Full of Surprises. - Englands Beautiful County of Sussex

Stretches of beautiful sandy beaches, rolling green countrysides, castles, old towns amidst new makes Sussex the place which " ticks all of the boxes...for EVERYONE ".

Buy one of these great " Sussex " products & see what other delightful this beautiful English County has that will make YOU fall head-over-heels-in-love with the place as I am.

Everything that you need to know about Sussex-by-Sea

If you are thinking about taking a break or holiday to Sussex-by-Sea but are still undecided then this link which I am providing for you should help you to make up your mind.

Full of usefull information such as what to do, places of interest to visit, restaurants, accomodation, best beaches and maps.

THE SOUTH DOWNS

The South Downs Way has been there for around 8000 years since the middle of the stone-ages, this was probably largely due to the fact that it is chalky and higher up than the surrounding valleys which are wetter and muddy and far harder work to walk upon. Chalky land is a very rich habitat and when studied quite close up it can have 50 or more species of plants per square metre and from spring untill August the hills of the South Downs are covered in wild flowers like a blanket of colour..

If you fancy walking the trail and are relatively fit you may be able to cover 12-15 miles per day and to complete the trail would usually take about 6-9 days which includes the time it takes to get to and from your accomodation and onto the trail

South Downs Trail maps and guides are available from Amazon

Before embarking on the trail why not do the homework first and learn as much as possible using maps and guides which you can buy on Amazon.

The Market Town of Lewes

Lewes Castle

Sussex caters for everyone, great to visit for the day, long weekend or a holiday and has lots of country cottages, hotels and bed & breakfast houses for all budgets. There is a beautiful town called Lewes which is a market town and also home to the historic Lewes Castle as shown here which I am sure you will agree looks a fabulous place to visit!

Links to some great sites full of information about the South Downs and the South Downs trail - Links to some interesting sites showing small villages of intere

The South Downs trail is 100 miles long and stretches across much of the Sussex coast and passes through many places of historical interest as well as some more fun places which you would enjoy visiting.

Battle took it's name from the Battle of Hastings which took place here in 1066 and each year the battle is re-enacted on the same field as the original battle took place and the very spot where the Saxon King Harold took an arrow directly into his eye which killed him by the army belonging to William, the Duke of Normandy. After the battle the Abbey was built as penance for the battle ever taking place and the town which is now called Battle grew-up around the Abbey.

Also at Battle is a great attraction called "yesterdays world" which you enter through a shop doorway in the Battle High Street and leads you into another world of days gone by like the Victorian England and the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and into the psychedelic craze of the 60's and 70's.

The town used to be renowned for making gun-powder and made the gun-powder which Guy Fawkes was planning on using to blow up the Houses of Parliament.

The Bayeaux Tapestry which depicts the great Battle of Hastings

The Bayeaux Tapestry which depicts the great Battle of Hastings
The Bayeaux Tapestry which depicts the great Battle of Hastings

Sussex castles on film - Sussex-by-Sea beaches on film

As you can see from these videos of some of the castles and also some of the beaches which Sussex has to offer are breathtaking and cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

Photos of places in Sussex

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Arundle castle TowerBatemans Home of Rudyard KiplingBodium castleChichester CathedralHastings PierHerstmonceux castleShorham-by-SeaSouth-Downs
Arundle castle Tower
Arundle castle Tower
Batemans Home of Rudyard Kipling
Batemans Home of Rudyard Kipling
Bodium castle
Bodium castle
Chichester Cathedral
Chichester Cathedral
Hastings Pier
Hastings Pier
Herstmonceux castle
Herstmonceux castle
Shorham-by-Sea
Shorham-by-Sea
South-Downs
South-Downs

Amazon has lots of maps and guides for your visit to Sussex - Battle of Hastings, Brighton Pavillion, South-Downs, Littlehampton and loads more places of beauty

London Town or Sussex? - Would you rather spend your holiday in town or country?

Please take a few minutes to view my lens about travelling to London for your break or holiday and see what my own hometown has to offer you in the sense of history, attractions and other fun stuff

http://www.squidoo.com/London-south-of-the-river

And then come back here to take part in my poll and tell me which kind of English holiday that you would prefer, will it be the Bustle, sights, shops and lights of London or would you prefer a more relaxed break or holiday such as what Sussex and Sussex-by-Sea has to offer such as sun, sand, castles and countryside.

Both London and Sussex are great places to visit I agree and it may be difficult to choose your preference as they are so unique and unlike any other places on earth..but if you had the opportunity to visit just one of my favourite places in the whole of England which would it have to be?...London v's Sussex..it will be very interesting to see which will win won't it..so what are you waiting for..let the poll begin.

LONDON TOWN V's SUSSEX

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What was it that made you chose either London or Sussex in the above poll - Sea-side resort, Countryside & Downs, Historical, Mythical, Legendary, Royal, Re

I am interested in gathering your views about places I've shown here which lie within the county of Sussex and a place I write of elsewhere on Squidoo about my home-town in south-east London. The London Borough of Southwark . Please spend a few minutes visiting the parts of London seldom seen by outsidrers, the whereabouts being on the other side, the brown or yellow tube line on the London Underground, en routé to somewhere else NOT IN SOUTHWARK...then simply take part in the PLACES poll by simply answering a few set questions or add your own answer here if it is not already added on the poll.

Ta, Cheers THANK you so very much what what what .

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Considering how much more expensive things are to buy in London would you opt for a cheaper holiday to Sussex merely to save money?

No, London has always been on my places to visit list and I don't mind paying 2.50 - 3.50 for an ice-cream as it would be my trip of a lifetime which i had save

No, London has always been on my places to visit list and I don't mind paying 2.50 - 3.50 for an ice-cream as it would be my trip of a lifetime which i had save

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    • Mary 7 years ago from Chicago area

      Can't I do both?? HATE the prices in London, but our boys enjoyed the sights there so much. And my brother & his family live there, so I'm going to have to go with London. Side trip to Sussex, though, for sure!

    • kimmanleyort 7 years ago

      Just thought I would visit this side. I have never been to England, so of course I would have to see London if I went. But I do want to see more than London, so Sussex sounds like a great place to visit.

    Yes I would choose Sussex in preference to London due to the high expense of London and don't mind paying 1.50-2.00 for an ice-cream, I can always take a train

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      • Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

        I would prefer to stay in the countryside and see London for the day.

      • BW Duerr 7 years ago from Henrietta, New York

        I'm cheap and a beach person so, Sussex-by-Sea would be the place for me. :D Never been but looks wonderful.

      • Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

        After reading this I would chose Sussex.

      • Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

        I think I would spend a few days in London and then travel to places like Sussex that I haven't seen and that are less expensive.

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          Alfiesgirl LM 6 years ago

          @Grasmere Sue: Thank you very much for visiting Sussex with me and for taking time to leave a comment which I appreciate very much indeed.

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          Alfiesgirl LM 6 years ago

          @eclecticeducati1: May I say a huge thank you to you for reading my Sussex lens, taking part in the content here and after all that for putting in that extra mile by awarding Sussex with your Angel Blessing...I am so happy to hear people's praises...and their views of course be they pro's/con's etc...and Blessings are such an honour x

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          Alfiesgirl LM 6 years ago

          @delia-delia: Thank you very muchly indeedy Dee for taking the time to visit my Sussex lens, taking part in it as well as giving it your Angel Blessing which means so very much to me. Thanks once again x

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          Alfiesgirl LM 6 years ago

          @Pete Schultz: Thanks pete, both for taking time to read the lens and for adding your lovely comment letting me know that you found this page fun...I enjoyed reading your comment and appreciate your participation in the content here.

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          Alfiesgirl LM 6 years ago

          @PNWtravels: Thank you for taking part in my Sussex lens and for taking those few extra minutes to leave me a comment...makes the writing of lenses so more enjoyable knowing that people like yourself will let me know what they think of my lenses...and yes, Sussex is very lovely I would sell my soul to move there...homes are rather expensive so I doubt my soul would buy me much... lol x

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          Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

          I really enjoyed the journey through Sussex. It certainly looks like a lovely place.

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          Pete Schultz 6 years ago

          I enjoy travel related lenses very much, and have several of my own. I enjoyed my trip to Sussex, great info and photos. I did quite well on the quiz...not because I have an excellent memory, but because I guerssed right at most all of the ones I didn't know or remember. This was fun, thanks.

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          Delia 7 years ago

          great lens! great information about Sussex...a ~"Squid Angel Blessing"~

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          eclecticeducati1 7 years ago

          Beautiful! I would love to see England. Blessed by an Angel.

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          Sue Dixon 7 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

          A lovelt lens about one of my favourite places

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          BW Duerr 7 years ago from Henrietta, New York

          Fabulous layout with great info. Lensrolling to Londoner Robert Pattinson's Quiz.

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          AlisonMeacham 7 years ago

          I know this area very well and visit every year. Not sure if I prefer London or the country - I like both!

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          Mary 7 years ago from Chicago area

          Very enticing!!

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          kimmanleyort 7 years ago

          Beautifully presented and very informative. I like the idea of having a quiz at the end.

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          Sibelius 7 years ago

          Nicely done lens! When I get my European vacation lenses set up, I'll be back to lensroll your work here.

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          seashell2 7 years ago

          Great travel lens... maybe one day this will be on our holiday list!

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          Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

          Nice travel lens.

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          Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

          Nicely done travel page.

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          JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

          Sussex looks beautiful! I didn't know what to answer on the duel above. I've been to London and love it, but I also usually prefer to find quieter, beautiful places! Hard choice!