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Historical Places of Interest

Sussex has been a hub of human activity for over 1000 years; and today offers superb examples of Norman, Roman, Tudor and Elizabethan buildings. Here are some of the amazing places you can easily visit during your stay at Ashdown Park Hotel. 

The Priest House

5 miles from Ashdown Park | East Grinstead

Previously owned by Henry VIII, Thomas Cromwell, Anne of Cleves, Mary I and Elizabeth I; this one of its kind 15th century Wealden hall house is at the edge of Ashdown Forest. The resident curator gives tours of the house and beautiful England country garden if requested. Picnics can be taken and enjoyed in the cottage garden.

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Sackville College

6 miles from Ashdown Park | East Grinstead

This lovely Sussex Sandstone 1609 building is an example of Jacobean architecture. The Sackville family were related to the Boleyn family by marriage. Fun Fact: This is where the Christmas Carol Good King Wenceslas was written here.

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Hever Castle

11 miles from Ashdown Park | Edenbridge 

Explore this wonderful medieval defensive castle, built in 1270, with a history spanning more than 700 years, the history of Hever Castle is rich and varied, including being the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. Hever castle also boasts stunning grounds with themed manicured gardens.

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Penshurst Place and Gardens

12 miles from Ashdown Park | Tunbridge Wells

A beautiful 'Grand place on a charming Scale'. Situated outside of Tunbridge Wells, this beautiful estate has a mixture of all year round activities and diarised special events suitable for family members of all ages. 

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Anne of Cleves House Museum & Tea Garden

17 miles from Ashdown Park | Lewes 

Explore how the Tudors and Elizabethans lived, worked and relaxed at home. Highlights include authentically furnished kitchen and the garden and the Tea Garden. The Tea Garden is open to non-museum guests, enjoy a drink in the setting of this beautiful former home. 

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Lewes Castle

18 miles from Ashdown Park | Lewes 

One of the oldest Norman fortresses in England, over 1000-years-old. The Museum of Sussex Archaeology is in the adjoining Barbican House which displays a local collection of artifacts dating to the Stone Age to Medieval times.

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Michelham Priory House & Gardens

20 miles from Ashdown Park | Hailsham 

Home to Englands longest water-filled moat dating back to 1229. This beautiful property has had an interesting history and today displays items of interest from its past.

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Marlipins Museum

31 miles from Ashdown Park | Shoreham

An amazing flint & Caen limestone chequerboard facade welcomes you on approach to one of the oldest Norman buildings in Sussex. This museum focus' on Shoreham’s maritime and local history; from prehistoric to medieval times. Explore an historic collection of photographs of Shoreham airport and Shoreham Beach film industry. 

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The Long Man

23 miles from Ashdown Park | Wilmington

One of the most striking landmarks located on the South Downs, it has baffled archaeologists and historians for hundreds of years. Many people in Sussex believe the Long Man is prehistoric, others believe that he is the work of an artistic monk from the nearby Priory between the 11th and 15th centuries. Roman coins bearing a similar figure suggest that he belonged to the 4th century AD and there may be plausible parallels with a helmeted figure found on Anglo-Saxon ornaments.

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Herstmonceux Castle

27 miles from Ashdown Park | Hailsham 

A 15th-century moated castle, built in red brick it is one of the earliest examples of a brick built building in England. The castle has 600 acres surrounding it, including themed manicured gardens and woodland. 

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