Camber Castle, Rye
(7.3 miles. A fascinating journey back into history)
Camber Castle lies between Rye and Winchelsea and was originally located on a shingle spit which protected the approach to both towns. There is a limited season for visiting the inside of the Castle; open on Saturday and Sunday afternoons (2-5pm) in July, August and September but you can visit the outside of the building all year round.www.wildrye.info/reserve/cambercastle
(9.3 miles. Voted Sussex “Family attraction of the year”)
The impressive towers and broad moat of Bodiam Castle are like a scene from a fantasy as you gaze at them for the very first time. At a quick glance it appears to be the very epitome of a medieval castle but upon closer inspection you will soon discover that it was built at an evolutionary stage when the nobility were looking for more comfortable, agreeable places to live that offered them security, but also represented an outward show of their wealth and rank. http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits/w-findaplace/w-bodiamcastle.htmHever Castle
The castle has a homely atmosphere and houses historic 16th century
portraits, furniture and tapestries, two magnificent Books of Hours
(prayer books), both signed and inscribed by Anne Boleyn. There is also
a very popular costumed figure exhibition in the Long Gallery that adds
to the atmosphere of this beautiful castle.
Leeds Castle is set on two islands on the River Len in the heart of Kent and has been the home to royalty, lords and ladies for over 1000 years. When you visit, you will be transported through 900 years of the castle’s history; an eclectic mix of period architecture, sumptuous interiors and family treasures waiting to be discovered.
The internationally renowned aviaries offer a fascinating glimpse into the world of modern conservation and captive breeding programmes while the gardens the gardens offer continuous colour throughout the year.www.leeds-castle.com
On the 14th October 1066 an army of invading Normans defeated the English at the Battle of Hastings in East Sussex. Now the whole family can discover the exciting story of that fateful day at the very place it happened. A major new exhibition uses film, computer technology and interactive exhibits to bring to life this bloodiest of conflicts. Enjoy the new audio tour of the 100-acre battlefield, stand on the very spot where King Harold was slain and explore the ruins of the atmospheric abbey, built by William the Conquer to commemorate the thousands who died. It is a great day out for the whole family.www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/nav.14113
Scotney castle is a Victorian country house set in one of England's most romantic gardens surrounded by a beautiful wooded estate. The garden ranks s one of the most romantic in England with the ruined 14th century castle set in a tranquil lakeside setting. There is also a superb display of rhododendrons and azaleas. With a few rooms now open in the mansion, Scotney is well worth a visit on a peaceful afternoon.