Brighton provides a perfect mixture of a traditional seaside resort and a thriving artistic and cultural centre. Highlights include the iconic shingle beach and a Victorian pier home to fairground attractions and an arcade. Brighton's marina area is also hugely popular, with a waterfront development where you can try sailing or diving, or simply explore the host of shops and restaurants dotted around the area.
East Sussex isn't all about Brighton, however. Eastbourne has lots of attractions for all tastes, plus its own shingle beaches that stretch for four miles across the waterfront.
Nearby Beachy Head is famous for its stunning white cliffs and beautiful coastline, an area that is a haven for walkers and sightseers. The South Downs Way starts here and runs 100-miles to Winchester.
Hastings is forever etched in history as the place where King Harold fought William, soon to become The Conqueror. Hastings Castle has its own audio-visual display about the battle. The market town of Battle is the place where King Harold fell during the 1066 conflict. The battlefield and Abbey - now a ruins but originally a monument built by William to celebrate his victory - are cared for by English Heritage.
Herstmonceux Castle is another popular spot for sightseeing - the 15th century moated castle is surrounded by peaceful garden and there are guided tours around the castle and a woodland play area for the kids.
Head to Lewes, the county town of East Sussex, where you can explore winding streets and antique shops, as well as a monthly farmers' market. For some of the most beautiful views across Sussex, take time to visit Lewes Castle.