Herstmonceux Castle


Bluebell Railway

Days out in Sussex

Local Pubs

The Six Bells, Chiddingly 01825-872227, BN8 6HT. https://the-six-bells-chiddingly.business.site/
Beer garden, local ales, free house, open all day, Friday, Saturday & Sunday (live jazz Sunday lunch)
45 Minute walk – mainly foothpath – 5 min drive

The Star Inn, Waldron 01435-812495 – TN21 0RA http://www.thestarinnwaldron.co.uk/
Lovely  lawned beer garden, restaurant, local ales
Hour walk on the road (lanes) 5 min drive.

The Gun, Gun Hill – 01825-872361, TN21 0JU https://elitepubs.com/the-gun/
Gatropub, local ales, lovely lawned beer garden including childrens’ play area.  Open all day, everyday, 1 hour walk mainly foothpath. 10 min drive

So Sussex

Takes adults and children on activities in the Sussex countryside for the purposes of pleasure and learning and to explore the county.

Blackberry Farm (3.7 miles)

Awarded a quality assured visitor attraction by enyoyEngland.com, open 7 days a week throughout the year. This attraction has around 200 animals including ponies, deer, llamas & pigs to name a few. With indoor and large outdoor play areas, tractor rides, animal handling, and picnic areas, all this makes BlackberryFarm a wonderful and fun filled family day out.

Farley’s House & Gallery (3 miles)

The Farley’s Yard Trust takes its inspiration from the lives and works of Roland Penrose and Lee Miller. They lived at Farley Farm in East Sussex which came to be known as ‘The Home of The Surrealists in England’ and holds a a dazzling collection of artistic treasures. Farley’s became a meeting place for many of the most influential artists of the 20th century including Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Max Ernst, Man Ray, Paul Éluard and Henry Moore.


Cuckoo Trail

Built on a disused railway line between Heathfield and Eastbourne Park, The Cuckoo Trail offers a safe route for walkers, horse riders and cyclists of all ages. Links to excellent cycling for all abilities.

Herstmonceux Castle & Observatory Science Centre

Magnificent moated castle, parkland and Elizabethan gardens.

The Observatory Science Centre

Hands on science and discovery (approx 7 miles)

Drusillas Park (8.4 miles)

Widely recognised as the best small zoo in the UK (many would say Europe!) Drusillas has earned that reputation by creating an animal and child friendly environment. Encompassing a wonderful selection of wild animals in stunning habitats, a childrens adventure playground, a Thomas the Tank Engine Railway and family restaurants, there’s more than enough to keep couples and families entertained.



Jacobean house, home of Rudyard Kipling, ‘Just as he left it’, reflecting the author’s exotic oriental tastes. (approx 8 miles)

Bluebell Railway (17miles)

Preserved steam railway. This is a superb attraction recreating the golden age of steam with many organised special events throughout the year. The railway is managed and run largely by volunteers. It has the largest collection of steam locomotives after the National Railway Museum, and a collection of carriages and wagons unrivalled in the South of England. You can relax with afternoon tea on the 1.5 hour return trip from Sheffield Park through the Sussex countryside.

Sussex Attractions

A great website for things to do while in Sussex.

Glebe Field Riding School (1.1 miles)

Set in 60 acres of private woodland in our village of Chiddingly, Glebe Field is a family run school which offers riding for all ages and abilities.
Owner Jackie Russell. Phone: 01825 872198 or mobile 07746635213.

Hidden Springs Vineyard (4 miles)

Local  award winning vineyard offering tours and tasting