Family friendly places to visit in East Sussex

Disclosure: this is a paid collaboration with Bramley & Teal Holiday Cottages.

The summer holidays will soon be upon us and family breaks to UK destinations are becoming more popular. Particularly those in sunnier, coastal areas like East Sussex. I’m lucky enough to call said county home. With that in mind, here are some great family friendly days out.

Eastbourne Pier in East Sussex.


Starting with the place we visit the most throughout the year, Eastbourne has much to offer. As well as the sprawling seafront which is home to the iconic pier and bandstand, there are numerous shops, restaurants and seaside attractions including adventure golf and a Dotto train.

Going a little further afield, Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters are picturesque places to visit if you enjoy a walk in the great outdoors.

Also nearby are Pevensey Castle, home to no fewer than 16 centuries of history and Drusillas Park, a zoo with brilliant kid-friendly rides and adventure playgrounds.

A view of the funicular railway in Hastings.


I’ve always enjoyed a day out in Hastings. Again, there’s everything you’d expect from a traditional British seafront, as well as an aquarium and a couple of free-to-enter nautical museums – Shipwreck and Fishermen’s – that I loved as a kid and that my lot enjoy now too.

Up the hill, which you may want to ascend via the funicular railway, you can explore Smugglers Adventure, a network of caves once inhabited by pirates. This is probably better once you’re beyond the pushchair years as there are a fair few steps.

There’s also Hastings Castle, of course, built by William the Conqueror in 1067. Speaking of which, the site of his famous victory a year beforehand is a short distance away in Battle. There, you can run amok on the Battlefield and investigate the ruins of Battle Abbey.

Brighton Pavilion in East Sussex.


Brighton has much to offer too. Like Eastbourne and Hastings, the most obvious attraction is the seafront. This part of the city is also home to the British Airways i360 – which, admittedly, is still on my to-do list – the Palace Pier and SEA LIFE Brighton.

Stepping away from the front, the Royal Pavilion is a must-visit attraction as far as I’m concerned. Then there are the lanes and North Laine areas where you’ll find an eclectic mix of independent shops and restaurants.

Camber Sands beach.

Rye & Camber Sands

Last but by no means least is Rye. Quieter than my other suggested places, it’s probably best for families with slightly older children. It’s a small, medieval town with cobbled streets and well-preserved architecture.

Among other attractions are a castle, castle museum and nature reserve.

And nearby are the best beaches of the lot. As its name suggests, Camber Sands boasts miles of sandy beaches that are perfect for the sunnier days of summer.

Where to stay

For me, self-catering is the best approach – particularly with how much kids seem to eat! Bramley & Teal Holiday Cottages has over 150 cottages dotted all over East Sussex with easy access to all of the attractions above plus many more, so is well worth a look.

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