East Sussex

Circular Tour

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Leave the county town of Lewes to arrive at the Malling Down nature reserve before picking up some steam on a visit the Lavender Line at Isfield. Motor on to Bentley before taking a circular route back via Firle and arriving in Lewes.


Surrounded by white chalk cliffs, the beautiful county town of Lewes offers visitors the chance to tour galleries, antique and craft shops whilst enjoy local food. Take in Lewes Castle, the townhouse of Anne of Cleves, Henry VIII’s 4th wife, and the industrial heritage of Needlemakers.

Malling Down

East of Lewes, the chalk hills of Malling Down Nature Reserve overlook the town and provide an opportunity to walk amongst the grassland and scrub that many rare flowers and butterflies call home. The ancient hillfort of Mount Caburn is on the south east corner of Lewes Downs.


Set in the Sussex countryside, the English country manor house of Glyndebourne is an opera house dating back 600 years. Take in a performance or wander the grounds and enjoy a picnic.


The quiet town of Isfield on the River Ouse is home to Isfield Station, a preserved railway station, on part of the closed section of the Sussex Wealden Line and is now part of the Lavender Line heritage railway attraction.


Visit the 90 acre site of Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum at Halland and discover a fantastic collection of vehicles. Ride the miniature railway, take some refreshments in the café or roam the wildfowl reserve.

West Firle

The rolling hills of the Firle Estate takes in several villages and farms of the South Downs National Park. The Firle Place house is open to visitors in the summer months and together with the gardens and the art and porcelain collections are well worth a visit.

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About the Circular Tour Trail

Distance: 21 miles
Cites / Towns: 6
Number Of Businesses: 0

Enjoy the history of East Sussex’s beautiful county town, Lewes, visiting Lewes Castle and the Anne of Cleaves townhouse. Relax at a café, maybe browse the craft and antique boutiques before heading towards the Malling Down nature reserve to spot the local wildlife. Detour to the splendour of Glyndebourne before visiting the Lavender Line, part of the Kent and East Sussex Railway. Visit the Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum to admire the exhibits of over 100 years of road travel before returning to Lewes via the Charleston Trust at West Firle.

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Motor Mania

Petrol head? Then visit the Bentley Motor Museum to see a collection of vehicles ranging from sidecar to formula 1 racers that portray over 100 years of transport history.

Art & Sculptures

If art and sculptures are your thing then take a visit to Farleys House and Gallery to explore the 18th century farmhouse and its range of collections or may be take a trip to colourful Charleston, the country home and garden of the Bloomsbury Group full of period art and ideas.

Splendid Scenery

Whether it is the rolling countryside of the South Downs, the nature reserve at Malling Down or the splendour of Glyndbourne, a tour here will give you an insight into the scenery of East Sussex as you make your way round a host of attractions.