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If you can bear to leave Danny Cottage for the day and take a day trip out the choice is endless. From Canterbury to the East and Portsmouth to the West you are able to relive history from the 4000 year old Neolithic ‘long barrows' to Roman villas, Norman castles, mediaeval villages, Tudor ships, Napoleonic towers, Victorian follies, industrial museums, wartime bunkers, and 1930 Art Deco De La Warr Pavilion.

Gardens
The South is the garden of England and there is a huge variety and number of gardens that can be visited. Wakehurst Place, owned by the Royal Horticultural Society at Kew, Leonardslee, Sheffield Park, Groombridge Place, and the most magnificent Sissinghurst are just a few. Many vineyards and orchards also welcome visitors.

Towns and Cities
Maybe you also want to see some city life, well Danny Cottage is a great base for that too. You are only an hour and a half away from London by train. Brighton (30 minutes) is one of England's most cosmopolitan centres with international shopping, theatres that often have pre-London runs, concerts, opera, museums, galleries and a major annual arts festival in May each year. The Royal Pavilion is not to be missed. Lewes and Royal Tunbridge Wells are both charming towns steeped in history and are well known antique centres. Eastbourne, a classic seaside town, hosts the pre-Wimbledon International Ladies Tennis Tournament and has beautiful seafront gardens.

Castles and History
Arundel, Hever, Hastings, Bodiam and Leeds, Lewes and Herstmonceaux are just a few of the many castles to visit on a day trip. Chichester and Canterbury Cathedral, Michelham Priory, and Battle Abbey as well as the many smaller churches found in every little village, are full of historical and architectural interest. Portsmouth Harbour provides a fascinating day away absorbing England's naval history. You can tour ancient ships including the Mary Rose (Henry VIII's War Ship), HMS Victory (Lord Nelson's Flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar) and HMS Warrior (the world's first iron-hulled armoured warship as well as a very comprehensive museum.

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Family Outings
The South East also has many attractions for families. For the young ones Drusillas Zoo, known as the best small zoo in England is a must. Allow plenty of time as you will not be able to get the kids out of the playground. There are farm animals at Middle Farm (also a great farm shop) is one of many farm parks in the area and for every age, Knock Hatch Adventure Park (with Ski Slope), New Haven Fort, Paradise Park are all great fun. Sealife Centres are in Hastings and Brighton and there are very good zoos in Kent and Hampshire. Danny Cottage is full of guidebooks and brochures telling you about all of these attractions.

Famous Sussex People
Many authors, artists, and other famous people were attracted to the area and their works and lives are represented in museums and some of their homes are open to visitors. Chaucer, Dickens, Hilaire Belloc, Virginia Wolf, Duncan Grant, Rudyard Kipling, Henry James, Winston Churchill, Ellen Terry, all lived in, loved or wrote about this corner of England.

Eating Out
In Brighton and Eastbourne and other towns not far from Alfriston you will find all types of restaurants, familiar names, fast food, take away, Italian, Indian, Chinese, Mexican, French as well as trendy bars and night clubs. Notable in Brighton are Terra Terra, often voted the best vegetarian restaurant in the UK, and Hotel Du Vin for fine dining and Bill's in Lewes and Brighton for sumptuous lunches. Also on our recommended list is The Jolly Sportsman, hard to find so ask us

 

Glyndebourne »

Danny Cottage is popular with the visitors and artistes during the Glyndebourne season. The famous opera house is only 20 minutes away.