East Sussex is a coastal county in the south of England with picturesque countryside and an historic coastline that has featured prominently in both world wars and as far back as 1066 and the famous Battle of Hastings. East Sussex has always been a notable location because of its trading links across the Channel and for its importance in repelling invaders down through the centuries.
East Sussex is home to the beautiful landscape of the South Downs, rolling chalk hills with a patchwork of fields connected by chocolate box villages and attractive and historic towns. As a county of influence in history overlooking the English Channel, you can expect to find some imposing and grand houses in East Sussex and when it comes to weddings, there are a huge range of approved venues to choose from including historic castles, elegant mansions, classic manor houses, rustic barns and period farmhouses.
East Sussex is home to the colourful and vibrant seaside town of Brighton, a location that offers a huge range of traditional and contemporary wedding venues as you might expect in this hip and happening place. Eastbourne is a traditional seaside resort transformed by the Victorians with boating lakes and beautiful gardens plus, some amazing white cliffs…and you thought they were only in Dover! At Cuckmere Haven, you can enjoy magnificent views of the Seven Sisters chalk cliffs as well as the river Cuckmere which arrives at the Channel, splitting the beach in two. Eastbourne is like a smaller version of Brighton without the exotic nightlife plus, it is reputedly the sunniest place in the UK. For a traditional bucket and spade town without all the tourism, head for Bexhill-on-Sea, ideal for a seaside wedding with a quiet vibe and much easier to find accommodation for your guests if you want to marry in the popular summer months.
For a special local town setting, aim for Rye which is a small East Sussex town full of beautiful period buildings and a real medieval feel. Pretty cobbled streets are packed full of buildings with that classic Elizabethan overhang plus stunning architecture from later centuries. Rye is also not far from one of the most picturesque and unspoilt beaches in East Sussex…Camber Sands, notable amongst other reasons for its wide expanse of golden sand unlike many of the other beaches along this coastline which are pebble and shingle. Also right up there as one of the prettiest small towns in East Sussex is Battle, sitting in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and famous for its connection to the Battle of Hastings and its medieval Abbey. For sheer history, nothing beats Lewes built on two hillsides facing one another, this pretty and ancient town is full of higgledy-piggledy streets and olde worlde charm.
East Sussex has good rail links from both London Euston and Victoria which is why it is a popular location for commuters to the capital. There are no motorways in East Sussex but there are three good, arterial roads, the A21 to Hastings, the A22 to Eastbourne and the A23 to Brighton all radiating out from the capital. London Gatwick is under forty miles away and London Heathrow a little further at around eighty miles.