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From London: Seven Sisters and South Downs Full-Day Tour

1. From London: Seven Sisters and South Downs Full-Day Tour

Join a small group tour to South Downs National Park and see the white cliffs of the coast from London. You will visit the Devil's Dyke, Seven Sisters Country Park, Beachy Head, and more on a guided tour.  Catch the train to Brighton from London and climb aboard a luxury minibus on arrival. You will reach the beautiful South Downs and marvel at the rolling hills created over thousands of years by grazing animals. Visit Devil's Dyke to appreciate the view across the lowland weald, and learn how the landscape was formed before making your way to Middle Farm, where you can buy cheeses, sparkling wines, or cider from Sussex. Middle Farm will be the lunch stop where the quaint tea rooms serve light lunches, snacks, coffee, or tea. Continue along country lanes to Seven Sisters Country Park to see the Neolithic carving of the Longman of Wilmington. Go for a walk to Beachy Head and take stunning photos of the white cliffs before traveling to Birling Gap to look at the dramatic coastal erosion and get your first glimpse of the Seven Sisters cliffs. Stop at Seaford Head to enjoy an iconic view of the Seven Sisters. Your Guide will take you on a walk around the headland to get the best views of the cliffs and stunning scenery.

From Brighton: Seven Sisters and South Downs Tour

2. From Brighton: Seven Sisters and South Downs Tour

Meet your guide at the conveniently-located Brighton pick-up point. Board an airconditioned vehicle with plenty of space. Relax as you take in views of rolling chalk hills that were created over thousands of years by farmers grazing their animals.  Stop at Devil's Dyke, the largest dry valley in the UK. Admire stunning views of up to 30 miles across the lowland Weald. Learn how this landscape was created from your guide. Visit Middle Farm, a traditional farm that has been in the same family for over 200 years. If Middle Farm is very busy we will take our lunch stop at the nearby village of Alfriston, with a variety of cafes and 14th century pubs.  Continue to the Seven Sisters Country Park and the white cliffs. Pass through old country lanes to see the mysterious and ancient Longman of Wilmington, a huge Neolithic carving on the side of the Downs.  Walk to the top of England's highest chalk cliff, measuring 530 feet. Head to Seaford Head for the iconic views of the Seven Sisters.

Brighton: Escape the Vault and Rob a Bank Escape Room

3. Brighton: Escape the Vault and Rob a Bank Escape Room

Break into Brighton's oldest bank vault, which is now located inside Presuming Ed's Coffee House. Join friends or family as you are hired to rob the vault of Charles Fawkley, an infamous arms dealer known around the globe. Break into the vault in 40 minutes, then run away with the cash at the end. Meet your host at Presuming Ed's Coffee House, which is also a bar. Then, start your escape room challenge. Force your way into the vault, rob the cash, then make a break for it. Enjoy a fun and challenging experience inside a real bank vault in the heart of Brighton. Buy a drink afterwards.

Sussex: Small-Group Wine Tours

4. Sussex: Small-Group Wine Tours

Enjoy visiting two or three different wine estates which are set in the beautiful East Sussex or Kent countryside. You will join a tour to learn about the winemaking process and will be able to sample some of their wines. At some of the wineries you will be able to enjoy a self guided tour of the vineyard together with a tasting of a selection of their wines. Lunch is provided at one of the vineyards. Depending upon timings there might be the opportunity to visit a brewery or coffee roastery.

From London: Sussex Villages and White Cliffs Guided Tour

5. From London: Sussex Villages and White Cliffs Guided Tour

Get to know Sussex and the South Downs National Park on this guided tour. Meet your guide at London Bridge train station, and commence your tour. Visit a number of villages, including Rottingdean, and learn about the local area. Take in the views at the white cliffs of the Seven Sisters. Begin your tour by meeting your guide and group at London Bridge train station. Let your guide take care of the tickets, which are included in the price. Make stops at the villages of Rottingdean, Alfiston and Litlington with their ancient churches, village greens, and old flint stone cottages. Let your guide tell you about local points of interest and show you some of the most spectacular views in England, including the white cliffs of the Seven Sisters. Take plenty of pictures. After the tour is over, head back to London on the train.

Wakehurst: Botanical Garden Entry Ticket

6. Wakehurst: Botanical Garden Entry Ticket

Visit a wild botanical garden in the heart of Sussex with an entry ticket to Wakehurst in Haywards Heath. Traverse woodland landscapes inspired by the eastern Himalayas, visit the Mansion Gardens, and much more. Spend the day exploring and discover the garden's seasonal delights. The Winter Garden is a horticultural spectacle, full of sensory delight and the perfect place to lift the spirits on a cold winter’s day. Alongside the meadow, the Rock Walk offers a fantastic hiking experience. Wander along a path filled with looming rock outcrops, gnarled yew tree roots, and shafts of light breaking through the deep shade. If you're visiting with your little ones, make sure to stop by the Children's Walled Garden open during the summer months. Watch as your kids play in the mud kitchen or help them pot up their very own seed to take home in the potting shed. Wakehurst is also home to the Millennium Seed Bank. Learn about the underground collection of over 2.4 billion seeds from around the world and enter the glass atrium to watch scientists at work, hearing about their mission to protect wild plant biodiversity. Whatever the time of year, Wakehurst offers visitors a wealth of interesting landscapes to explore. And if you get a little hungry during your visit, a garden café provides the perfect spot to enjoy a tasty treat (cost not included). 

E-Bike on an adventure through Seven Sisters Country Park

7. E-Bike on an adventure through Seven Sisters Country Park

Embark on an exhilarating ebike ride from Seaford beach, traversing the Sussex coastline and winding through the picturesque Seaford Head Nature Reserve, culminating in an unparalleled view of the magnificent Seven Sisters cliffs. Delve deeper into nature as we follow the Cuckmere river trail, immersing ourselves in the sprawling Friston Forest - the largest established forest in South East England. As we emerge from the verdant foliage, we make a pit stop at the iconic Long Man of Wilmington - a fascinating hill figure etched into the undulating slopes of Windover Hill. Our next destination is the historic village of Alfriston, where we indulge in a classic English lunch, steeped in tradition. But if you're feeling daring, we can prolong the adventure and ride along the base of the downs, all the way to the historic West Firle village, before hopping on a train from Gylnde back to Brighton. The possibilities are endless - all you need is a spirit of adventure!

East Sussex: Wakeboarding Experience

8. East Sussex: Wakeboarding Experience

Experience of a lifetime with a wakeboarding trip in Sussex with Maverick Boat Adventures. We provide a wakeboard, which is attached to the back of our motorboats, and all you have to bring is your sense of adventure and balance! Wakeboards are great for performing aerial flips and riding the boat’s wake off the crest. Each person gets 15 minutes on the water, free land lessons before and progression coaching though the session. Please note we only go out in really good weather conditions when the sea is flat, which tends to be in the early mornings.

Sussex: City Highlights e-Bike hire

9. Sussex: City Highlights e-Bike hire

E-bike hire in Sussex is the perfect way to explore the breathtaking scenery of the county in a fun, healthy and eco-friendly way. Our electric bikes are great for both leisurely trips and more challenging rides, with a range of sizes available to suit all budgets and abilities. We offer a range hourly hire options, so you can get started on your adventure in no time. Whether you're looking for a leisurely ride along the South Downs, or a more challenging route taking in some of the county's best trails and sights, you're sure to find something to enjoy when you hire an e-bike in Sussex. With an electric bike you can tailor your ride to suit your needs and preferences, so why not take the opportunity to get out and explore the beautiful county of Sussex today?

East Sussex: Inflatable Big Sofa Experience

10. East Sussex: Inflatable Big Sofa Experience

The Big Sofa…One of our most popular activities and loads of fun! Take the whole family out on the water with this fantastic water sport. Our towable sofa inflatables tow behind our motor boats providing a fun way to cruise the wake with plenty of splashes! Whether it’s a special occasion, birthday party, family reunion, or hen or stag party, the big sofa inflatable is a fun way to spend the day in Sussex. Our team will make sure you have a safe and fun ride! Please note we only go out in really good weather conditions when the sea is flat.

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based on 625 reviews

The weather was not perfect but the guide, Adam was great trying to best plan for the day considering the weather conditions and provide lots of historical background making the trip fun. Also the mini bus was a top quality making the ride very comfy. Definitely recommend and I'll be back in a summer time.

It’s one of the most amazing and intense trip I had in UK. Adam is the best! He makes sure that all guests will make the most memorable time despite the weather. If given a chance, I would love to do this tour again on a different season. All the places we visited are beautiful and captivating! ❤️❤️❤️

I don't feel sorry for a bit that on a cold December day (but sunny) I went on this tour. Adam our tour guide was spot on. Welcoming, cheerful and full of enthusiasm for the history of East Sussex region and The Seven Sisters country park.

Aesh was professional at pick-up point till Brighton and Adam was exceptional despite a rainy day. Had a wonderful time.

We had an amazing time and our guide, Adam, was so great!