A royal wedding, a Dukedom and the county of Sussex!
19 May 2018 will be a date to remember as many watched the much anticipated wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The Queen had a rather special wedding present to mark the occasion with the gift of a Dukedom and so (as in all good fairy-tales!) from that day forth the royal couple became known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
As the county of Sussex becomes the backdrop to this Royal appointment, it is worth taking time to discover this county.
It seems apt to start with a royal theme! 1066 was the year William I invaded, landing his troops at Pevensey, before defeating King Harold at the Battle of Hastings. Sussex is steeped in history, picture Bodiam Castle near Robertsbridge, renowned for being one of the most romantic in England. Other great castles include Arundel and Lewes, standing guard over their towns.
A quick overview of this lesser-known area of south-east England reveals 150 km of stunning coastline and the breathtaking landscapes of the South Downs National Park. It also includes the UK’s highest chalky cliff, infamous Beachy Head! Known as ‘Beau Chef’ by the Normans where it marks the end of the South Downs Way.
Visit picturesque villages, stately homes, beautiful gardens, lively cities such as Brighton and Hove with its regency architecture, museums, galleries, great shopping and places to dine.
Think about playing Play Pooh sticks in Ashdown Forest, home to AA Milne who set the adventures for Pooh bear and his friends. Visit Batemans in Burwash where Rudyard Kipling was inspired to bring us Jungle Book and the Just So stories.
Enjoy the colourful atmosphere of Eastbourne, with its victorian pier and world-class marina or the market town of Chichester with its medieval cathedral…. and all this less than an hour from London!
For more information and ideas of great places to stay, see our B&Bs in Sussex.