Herstmonceux Castle in Eastbourne
Explore the history of Medieval England with this magnificent moated castle and superb Elizabethan gardens.
What makes it special
- Castle tours and visitor centre
- Three hundred acres of managed woodland
Open daily Saturday 2nd March to Sunday 3rd November (closed 23rd August)
March, October and November 10.00am to 5.00pm, April to September 10.00am to 6.00pm
(Last admission one hour before closing)
- Adults £6.00
- Children 4 to 17 years £3.00
- Children under 4 free
- Carers free
- Concession £5.00
- Family of 4 (2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult + 3 children) £15.00 – not applicable with family ticket; purchase tour tickets individually £41.00
- Family of 5 (2 adults + 3 children or 1 adult + 4 children) £18.00 – not applicable with family ticket; purchase tour tickets individually £48.00
Other things to do nearby
1066 Country is the kind of place where you don't just learn about history, you live it. Visit the 1066 Country website
Visit Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters with their dramatic white cliffs and gently undulating downs.
Take a journey back in time, this heritage steam railway runs through the glorious Sussex countryside - a great day out. Visit the Bluebell Railway website
High Rocks, with its world class Southern sandstone climbing, is about 40 minutes drive from YHA South Downs, near Tunbridge Wells.
You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to on-road and off-road cycling in Sussex.
Catch up with the contemporary art scene for free - this gallery has three floors of exhibitions, collections and interesting events. Look out for creative workshops and cutting-edge performers.
YHA Eastbourne is at the foot of the iconic Beachy Head, just 400 metres from the start of the South Downs Way, an ancient ‘Right of Way’, in the newly created South Downs National Park. &nbs
YHA Eastbourne is just 400 metres from the South Downs Way in the South Downs National Park.
If you want to have a go at watersports rather than just watching from the shore, the watersports centre on the seafront offers courses in sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, body-boarding and power boati
Just 8 minutes away on the train is Lewes, County Town of Sussex with a Norman Castle and cobbled streets. Visit the imposing, 1000- year-old Lewes Castle to enjoy panoramic views across the sur
YHA South Downs is right on the South Downs Way, ideal for either long distance walkers wishing to tackle the whole thing or for those wishing just to cherry pick the sections with the stunning views,
The entire 100 mile length of the South Downs Way is open to cyclists, from Eastbourne to Winchester.
YHA South Downs is great for mountain bikers and road cyclists alike.
Various watersports are available from Newhaven Marina or from Piddinghoe Pond, both a short distance from the hostel.
Enjoy the thrill of the outdoor rides, or visit Rocky's Adventure Land, a huge indoor soft play area. Take your swimming costumes for the water slides and the other wet areas. Visit the Fort
Stargazing – a simple yet intriguing and inspiring evening activity.