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Pevensey/Herstmonceux

To the west of 1066 Country stands Pevensey on the coast, with Herstmonceux sitting inland. Both have picturesque villages set in rural tranquil landscapes and each with a castle steeped in history. Pevensey is famously known as William of Normandy's landing place in 1066 and Herstmonceux Castle as a former site of the Royal Greenwich Observatory.

You can visit the famous English Heritage site Pevensey Castle and experience its long and chequered history through various exhibits and displays. Pevensey village leads up to the castle entrance and offers a mix of weatherboard and stone cottages, antique shops, traditional pubs and cafes. The Pevensey Court House was used as the town hall and gaol until 1886. The court room with dock, cells and exercise yard are still intact and the museum also has a selection of local history displays to see.

Herstmonceux Castle is one of the oldest significant brick buildings still standing in England. You can visit the surrounding parkland and Elizabethan gardens and enjoy the walled, rose and herb gardens, woodland trails and lily covered lakes. The Observatory Science Centre is set in the buildings once home to the Royal Greenwich Observatory and has over 100 interactive exhibits and restored telescopes.

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    Drusillas Park

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    Animal Collection / Zoo

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    Alfriston

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    Herstmonceux Castle, Gardens and Grounds

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    Herstmonceux, Hailsham

    Herstmonceux is renowned for its magnificent...

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    Science Centre

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    Hailsham

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    Pevensey Court House & Gaol

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    Museum

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    Pevensey

    16th century court room housing local museum with...

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    Pevensey Castle

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    Historic Site

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    Pevensey

    A Roman fortress built in 4thC as a defence...