As more of our visitor attractions re-open, now’s the time to plan that long awaited day out and get to know the wealth of places to visit – or revisit – in 1066 Country.

For three months now we’ve all been pounding the pavements and paths of our own neighbourhoods, uncovering trails and walks we never knew existed. But as it slowly gets safer for us to visit our favourite places and discover news ones, we’ve rounded up where you can now visit in 1066 Country.

What’s open in 1066 Country?

Historic sites

Learn more about the Battle of Hastings and the Norman Conquest at the famous 14th century castle, Battle Abbey. The National Trust property, Bodiam Castle has also opened up its beautiful outdoor space.

Rye Harbour Camber Castle.

Photo by Sam Moore.


Our splendid gardens, who’ve tempted visitors during lockdown with virtual flower festivals and tours, are now all open. This includes the popular Pashley Manor Gardens in Ticehurst and Rudyard Kipling’s former home Bateman’s in Burwash. These unmissable gardens are a must for a gentle walk on summer days out.

Zoos and animal sanctuaries

Our furry friends at Drusillas, Knockhatch and the Rare Breeds Centre are all re-opening and can’t wait to see you again. Come and say hi to Drusilla’s red pandas, or Mufusa, the Southern White-Faced Owl and friends at Knockhatch, or the piggies and farm animals at the Rare Breed Centre!

The perfect day out for younger children who may be going a little stir crazy at home. Please check the websites for what facilities will be open before setting off.


Fancy getting out onto the water and exploring the area? Take a kayak out on the river from Bodiam Boating Station or try stand up paddle boarding (SUP). You can even pre-order a picnic from Lime Wharf Cafe.

Or if you’d prefer to stay on dry land why not hire an ebike and explore the coastline around Camber Sands and Rye Harbour Nature Reserve? The bikes have electric pedal assistance so visiting everything from castles, lakes and beaches is easy. Perfect for those cooler days when you need to blow away the cobwebs!

Bodiam Boating Station.

Restaurants and overnight stays

If you have a special occasion to celebrate, you’ll be able to book a meal in a restaurant or pub, or try a tasting tour of one of our vineyards. Or how about a holiday from home with a night or two away in a special boutique B&B or try camping for the first time. Let’s face it, with the sunniest coastline in the UK, why would you need to leave 1066 Country?

Plus from 4 July, museums, cinemas and galleries open their doors!

Respect, protect and enjoy

Please remember to respect, protect and enjoy:

  • Respect the local community by parking considerately and leave gates and property as you find them.
  • Protect the environment by always taking your litter home with you, and protect yourself and others by maintaining social distancing rules and washing your hands regularly.
  • Enjoy your trip! Book ahead. Many places are only offering booked and timed slots in order to limit visitor numbers.  Check beforehand with the place that you want to visit to find out what they expect of you.

Don’t forget to check out Visit England’s travel advice and information on where else is open.


Article by Visit 1066.