East Sussex is part of the historic county of Sussex. It is bordered by the counties of Kent, Surrey and West Sussex, and to the south by the English Channel. The county hall is located in Lewes, the County town of East Sussex.
The location of settlements in East Sussex has been determined both by its history and its geography. The original towns and villages tended to be where its economy lay, fishing along the coast and agriculture and iron mining on the Weald.
Away from the coast lie former market towns such as Hailsham, Heathfield and Uckfield; Crowborough is a centre for the Ashdown Forest.
Things to do
Beachy Head in Sussex, with its dramatic white cliffs and gently undulating downs, is an area of outstanding natural beauty and Britain's highest chalk sea-cliff. Along with the nearby Seven Sisters, Beachy Head is a haven for those who like to walk or cycle.
Devil's Dyke, just five miles north of Brighton, offers stunning panoramas, a record breaking valley, a curious history and England's most colourful habitat. At nearly a mile long, the Dyke valley is the longest, deepest and widest 'dry valley' in the UK. Legend has it that the Devil dug this chasm to drown the parishioners of the Weald.
The birthplace of the seaside in the 1750s, Brighton has been fashionable since Regency times when it was the home of the Prince of Wales, the future King George IV. You're never far from the sea and the beach bohemia vibe that makes the city so different.
Official tourist information1066 Battle of Hastings
For a memorable family day out in Sussex visit Battle Abbey, the site of the 1066 Battle of HastingsAshdown Forest
Originally a deer hunting forest in Norman times, Ashdown Forest is now the largest free public access space in the South East