Bonjour lecteurs! As you may already know, the Frenchie family loves a petite adventure in the British countryside from time to time. I usually share a lot about cute places to see in Kent. But as we are not far from Sussex, we also regularly visit this beautiful and très historique county! And now that the sunshine is back, I thought it would be a bonne idée to share with our fave Places To Visit In Sussex With Kids. Have you ever been? If you are based in Kent or London, it’s only a short drive, so check it out.
Visit Sussex Now!
Sussex has so much to offer if you are looking for new days out ideas in the South. Grumpy Grandad lives there, so we go often. Especially as it’s a short drive for us.
But if you want to make it a long weekend to explore further, Classic Cottages offers a lovely selection of properties in Sussex for you to rent.
What do you fancy the most? A cottage, a coach house, or even a barn? Make it a family party, rent a bigger place, and invite les grands-parents to join in the fun.
Classic Cottages has it all for you, whatever you need. A cute space to explore, a dog-friendly accommodation, or something a bit more adventurous…
As we are so close, we love stopping by some of the most beautiful beaches on the south coast of Sussex. Brighton and Eastbourne are probably the most visited.
But Cambersand is also un classique. Every year, Londoners make it down to the coast and it becomes one of the busiest plages in the area.
Personnellement, je préfère going there in the low season as it gets less busy. We would stop by after school on sunny days. For a cheeky fish and chips on the beach, while making the most of the sun. But also, in the winter for a walk on the shore.
Make it a full weekend and stay at Reysons Barn for more memories.
Rye & Its Harbour
And nearby, you can stop by the so picturesque Rye. The cobbled lanes like Mermaid Street give this town in East Sussex some very medieval vibes.
It’s a classic location because of its history. Walk along the street and stop by the antique shops.
Don’t forget to check out the cute playground at the bottom of the town on Fishmarket Road. Rye Recreation Playground is parfait for picnics and hours of play.
We always stop by when we visit.
Cambersand might be busier at times because it’s a sandy beach. If you don’t mind pebbles, walk along the Rye Harbour. It’s prettier and less busy. Plus, you get as much sun!
A good place to stay for the weekend? The Castlemans Coach House has to be my fave with its rustic charm. You are in the heart of 1066 country and within walking distance of the pretty village of Sedlescombe.
Another cute village to check out while you are there? Peamarch will charm you for sure.
And if you want to learn more about British history, you gotta stop by Battle Abbey at Hastings.
You can walk the battlefield and find sculptures of soldiers from 1066 along the way. But also explore the Abbey ruins and learn about life and warfare in Norman Britain in the visitor center.
L’autre plus? Battle Abbey has a beautiful play area so well made and you can grab a cheeky ice cream.
Don’t even get me started on the fabulous view from the tower! Absolument stunning!
And make it even more memorable with a stay at The Old Barn.
Another cult location in Sussex is Ashdown Forest. If your kids love Winnie the Pooh then, it’s a must-see.
The original Pooh Sticks bridge is about a 10-minute downhill walk from the car park.
And you can enjoy a long walk in the sunshine like in A.A.Milne’s iconic stories. You can even stop by the official Winnie the Pooh café.
Get enchanted in the green scenery while you reminisce about the cute bear’s stories.
We also love coming to Bodiam Castle each year.
It’s such a magnificent site in the British sun. Grab a picnic or savour an ice cream while sitting around the castle grounds.
You can even make it more magical with a boat trip. Board at Northiam and you arrive directly at the castle. That’s some extra adventure.
Further west, the National Trust Nymans is enchanting, to say the least.
We got to see its incredible light trail ‘Ignite’ last year and quel spectacle!
The beautiful garden was developed in the late 19th century and is worth stopping by.
For Nature Lovers
And if you fancy a long walk and getting a lot of fresh air, you can walk along The Royal Military Canal.
The 28 miles canal is more based in Kent as it starts in Seabrook near Folkestone, but it reaches all the way to Cliff End near Hastings.
If you are a hiking lover, you would absolutely love it and you can also get to see some beautiful parts of Kent.
Vous préférez stick to Sussex? Stop by Flimwell Park. We literally saw the pioneering new mixed-use woodland center being built.
So, we stopped by last year to explore some of the 46 acres of broadleaved and coppiced woodland. And it’s absolutely beautiful!
The restaurant Brichwood is lovely, and they prepare a menu from local produce.
Here are some of our favourite places in the heart of Sussex. Some of our best memories over the years. Did you make it to those Places To Visit In Sussex With Kids? What’s your fave location?
And writing this blog post, I can not wait to explore further this beautiful county in the Summer.
We are off to Bognor Regis in May, so I will probably share more on here and on my Instagram.
Stay tuned and happy exploring with your famille.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Classic Cottages.