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Tours & Sightseeing in Hastings & 1066 Country

If you have a short amount of time but would like a taste of what is 'typically English' - then this suggestion for a short day trip will take in many aspects of typical England - countryside, steam trains, history, pretty villages, castles and cream teas!

Arrive at Tenterden, situated on the main A28 between Ashford and Hastings and take the Kent and East Sussex Railway, the world's first ever full-size light railway.  Your group can experience the nostalgia of the days of steam and enjoy the novelty of travelling at the sedate pace of yester-year through almost 11 miles of Southeast England's most beautiful countryside.

The train terminates at the small village of Bodiam, where you should visit the 14th century Bodiam Castle.  It is everyone's ideal of a medieval castle with its moat, its crenellated walls and idyllic setting.

Take a cream tea or light lunch at the nearby tea rooms and contemplate spending the afternoon in the lovely ancient town of Rye.  This hill-top town overlooks the marshes and the sea and evokes the feel of the island it once was.

Rye offers so many attractions: the church with its 'Quarter Boys' that strike the quarter-hours; Mermaid Street with its cobble-stones and the famous Mermaid Inn, haunt of Smugglers and the Rye Town Model in the Tourist Information Centre, with its sound and light show retelling the town's history.

Other Suggestions

If you have longer than a day or would prefer to see something else in the time you have, set off to Burwash, to visit Bateman's, the beautiful Jacobean home (from 1902 to 1936) of the novelist and poet Rudyard Kipling, whose name will always be associated with the East and the British Empire.

The rooms in this beautiful 17th century Sussex manor house are just as they were in Kiplings day.  See his book-lined study, where he wrote such well-known works as Puck of Pook's Hill and his most famous poem, 'If'.  There are many mementoes of his time in India, including illustrations from the Jungle Book.

The garden is delightful, with its roses and working water-mill.  Bateman's is found 1/2 mile south of Burwash (A265) approached by road leading south from the west end of the village or north from Woods Corner (B2096).

Alternatively start your day with a visit to Herstmonceux Castle, a magnificent brick-built moated castle in a parkland setting.

Another castle not to be missed is Pevensey Castle, which began life as a Roman fortress.

Spend the afternoon in the seaside resort of Bexhill.  Bexhill offers a quiet charm and elegance missing from many larger, well known resorts, don't miss a visit to the De La Warr Pavilion, this Grade 1 listed building is home to an arts and cultural centre, with frequent exhibitions of 20th century art, architecture and design.

Take time to admire some of the magnificent Victorian and Edwardian buildings around the town and soak up the atmosphere of a typical English seaside resort!

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