Elegant Eastbourne and Hever Castle

Elegant Eastbourne and Hever Castle

An 8 day tour taking in the scenic countryside and popular resorts along the south coast

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An 8 day tour taking in the scenic countryside and popular resorts along the south coast

Eastbourne nestles at the foot of the South Downs next to national beauty spot Beachy Head and its famous chalk cliffs and lighthouse.Broad tree-lined avenues, splendid Victorian façades and grassy squares give Eastbourne impression of regency splendour from days gone by.

The seafront stretches from Beachy Head through to the award winning Sovereign Harbour. Enjoy clean and safe family friendly beaches, a Victorian pier and plenty of water sports and activities.

 

Brighton

Brighton is an English seaside resort town. About an hour south of London by train, it's a popular day-trip destination. Its broad shingle beach is backed by amusement arcades and Regency-era buildings. Brighton Pier, in the central waterfront section, opened in 1899 and now has rides and food kiosks. The town is also known for its nightlife, arts scene, shopping and festivals.

 

Alfriston lies in the Cuckmere valley just off the main A27 Eastbourne to Lewes road. Alfriston has many beautiful views within the village, looking at the Star Inn can keep you occupied for quite a while with its figures. The high street is a beautiful example of an old Sussex village, and has many beautiful old buildings. The area near the church and river Cuckmere is very pretty and it is enjoyable just walking around the village. Above the Grizzly Bear shop is a very interesting historical exhibition of the village and this is worth visiting. Alfriston  has a wide range of shops with the emphasis on gift shops, antiques and food establishments, showing the influence that tourism now has on the area.

 

Michelham Priory

Cross the moat through the 14th-century gatehouse and enter the seven acres of beautiful gardens which surround this historic house. Inside the house, furniture and artefacts trace the property’s religious origins and its development over 800 years. There are trails and hands-on activities indoors and out for all the family. Outside, you can explore the medieval watermill, working forge, rope museum and dramatic Elizabethan Great Barn. Michelham Priory has plenty of free parking, a cafe and gift shop. There are also regular special events throughout the year.

 

Battle

The attractive town of Battle gets it name from the Battle of Hastings, which was fought between Harold the Saxon king and William the Conqueror in 1066. The battle was so significant it changed the course of English history. The town grew up around the Abbey of St Martin which was built by William the Conqueror after the battle. It is said that William vowed that should he win the battle he would build such an abbey. Battle also has some notable Georgian buildings along its High Street.

Rye

Once surrounded by sea, this fortified hilltop town played an important role in the defence of the south coast of England. These days, the river no longer harbours warships and is home to the local fishing fleet. Meandering for over one and a half miles from Rye to the coast, the river forms part of the picturesque scenery visible from several vantage points in and around the citadel of Rye. Many authors, musicians, artists and celebrities have made Rye their home, a medieval haven periodically visited by Royalty. In 1573 the title "Rye Royale" was bestowed upon the town by Queen Elizabeth I after a three day stay.

Hastings

This cosmpolitan coastal town lies between the rugged beauty of the East and West Hills  and has its own 660 acre country park . Home to Europe's largest beach-launched fishing fleet, in the recent past Hastings has been at the heart of the smash hit ITV wartime drama series 'Foyle's War'  which is both set and shot in the town. Hastings is a Cinque Port, and up until the 16th century, with other coastal towns provided the ships and men who guarded king and country from frequent and vicious attacks in return for special privileges. This unique confederation of South East England Channel ports was the original force behind England’s maritime power.

Hastings is really three towns in one joined by a level promenade; the Old Town to the east, the bustling contemporary shopping Town Centre in the middle and St Leonards to the west featuring the classical elegance of James Burton’s architecture and the fashionable Norman Road offering a great collection of antique shops and vintage galleries.

 

Royal Tunbridge Wells, located just 30 miles south of London, is surrounded by glorious Kent countryside. The town's historic past is reflected very much in its architecture - from elegant Regency villas to large Victorian houses, many designed by Decimus Burton, to pretty clapboard cottages, all surrounded by lots of green space, including the unique 200-acre Common located in the town centre.

As the only spa town in the South East of England, Royal Tunbridge Wells is proud of its Georgian heritage. Visitors can still taste the Spring water today just as visitors such as Queen Anne, Queen Victoria, Samuel Pepys and Daniel Defoe, to name just a few, did more than 400 years ago.

Visitors to Royal Tunbridge Wells can still expect a unique combination of history, style and relaxation. With its combination of high street shops, boutiques, high street shops and farmers markets, shopping in Tunbridge Wells has something to offer everyone.

Hever Castle is located in Edenbridge Kent, west of Tonbridge. Hever owes much of its current splendor to Lord Astor, who spent large sums from his personal fortune restoring it in the early part of the 20th century and filling it with treasures. The immaculate castle which dates back to the 13th century, is more like a large manor house and in Tudor times was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn and her family.

Day 1

A morning departure from Cumbria as we make our way to Eastbourne, we are due to arrive at the Best Western Lansdowne Hotel in ample time to freshen up before our meals commence with dinner in the hotel.

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Day 2

This morning we head via Beachy Head, the UK’s highest chalk sea cliffs along the Sussex Coast to Regency Brighton, a very popular coastal resort with many attractions which include the Royal Pavilion, Historic Lanes Shopping quarter, the Palace Pier, Marina and the Brighton i360, the highest observation tower in the UK outside London. Dinner in the Lansdowne Hotel this evening.

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Day 3

A day at leisure in Eastbourne, with its famous Carpet Gardens, 1930’s bandstand, Victorian Pier and elegant seafront. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 4

Morning at leisure, afternoon visit to the 'picture postcard' village of Alfriston in the Cuckmere Valley returning to Eastbourne via Beachy Head. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 5

We travel first to the seaside resort of Worthing, time at leisure before an afternoon visit to Michelham Priory, home to England’s largest water-filled moat, and seven acres of beautiful grounds. The Priory is a magnificent Tudor mansion with an impressive gatehouse and working watermill. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 6

Today we tour 1066 country, first to the picturesque town of Battle, the site of the Battle of Hastings before visiting the delightful cinque port town of Rye, on our return to Eastbourne, we call into Hastings with its quaint narrow streets, antique dealers and bookshops, you may also recognise it as one of the main locations for filming the TV series "Foyles War". Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 7

Full day excursion to Royal Tunbridge Wells before continuing to Hever Castle, a romantic 13th century moated castle once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. Dinner served on return to Lansdowne Hotel.

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Day 8

After breakfast we leave our hosts at the Lansdowne Hotel for the return journey to Cumbria, we are due to arrive home late evening.

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The Best Western Lansdowne Hotel

The Lansdowne Hotel is privately owned, and has been in the same family ownership since 1912. It is this that has given the hotel the personal touch that remains evident today. 

The Hotel occupies a premier position on the elegant seafront overlooking the Western Lawns and Wish Tower with splendid views of Beachy Head and the sea.

The hotel is 10 minutes walk and less than 200 yards from Eastbourne beach, the Lansdowne Hotel has sea-facing lounges with original Victorian features and free Wi-Fi. Beachy Head’s chalk cliffs are just 2 miles from the hotel.

A British menu is served in the Devonshire Restaurant which has elegant decor and views across the seafront. Bar meals are available also from the Regency Bar or in the lounges overlooking the sea.

All rooms are decorated in contemporary style and include a TV, en-suite bathroom, hairdryer and tea and coffee facilities.

The Congress Theatre, Winter Garden, Devonshire Park Theatre and grounds are just three or four mintues' walk away. Two theatres offer spectacular productions, and there are two cinemas: one a short walk away in the town centre, and one in the harbour. The 300m long pier also offers entertainment.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
High Hesket Palmerstons Furniture Store
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Old Bus Station Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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