Hastings Aquarium is the perfect destination for the whole family. Home to 3500 incredible aquatic animals and reptiles. Seahorses, turtles, sharks, octopus and more!
At Raystede we are passionate about the wellbeing of all animals and are committed to giving them the best possible life. We rescue, rehome and provide sanctuary for more than 2,000 animals each year.
Our Sanctuary, with its sizeable lakes, offers a safe haven for visiting waterfowl as well as our chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese. We also offer a lifelong home for goats, horses, ponies, alpacas, sheep and donkeys that were abandoned.
Raystede is free to visit almost every day of the year, enabling visitors to get a unique glimpse into the work of an animal welfare charity. Our educational service is very important to our work, we are visited by schools in East Sussex and beyond. We also offer guidance to all ages on caring for animals.
Entry is free but please ensure you book online in advance.
A tranquil 1.5 acre Plant filled garden designed and planted by the late
Carolyn McCutchan, surrounded by farmland. This colourful garden has
distinct areas of interest, plus a 6 acre wildflower meadow
OPEN every Wednesday 22 Feb to 25 Oct 10.00am – 4.00pm Tel 01323 485151
Jutting out into the English Channel, Dungeness is the UK’s only desert landscape and home to many special animals including lizards, rare bumblebees and the endemic Sussex emerald moth. It is a magnet for all kinds of birdlife, from huge flocks of waterbirds to beautiful birds of prey, notably hobbies in the summer and marsh harriers all year round. Dungeness is also one of the few places in the South East with bearded tits – delicately marked birds found only in reedbeds.
One of Sussex’s few undeveloped stretches of coastline, Pagham Harbour combines beautiful landscapes with a rich historical heritage – and a wealth of wildlife. As the sheltered inlet at the heart of the reserve fills and empties with the tide, watch ducks, geese and wading birds fly to and fro. Resident little egrets and lapwings are joined by passing migrants in spring, while summer sees breeding little terns, butterflies flitting along the hedgerows, dragonflies hovering over ponds and lizards basking in the sun.
In the glorious South Downs National Park, Pulborough Brooks has amazing views of the Arun Valley. It provides an all-year-round home for nature, with highlights including the nightingale, famed for the beauty of its song, whistling wigeons in flooded winter meadows, and pretty butterflies and dragonflies amongst the wild flowers in the sunnier months. The variety of habitats, including wetlands, woodland and heathland, bring with them a wonderful variety of species to enjoy.
Experience the echoes of England’s extraordinary past in this unique blend of historic coast and unspoilt countryside. With its famous arts, music and medieval festivals, enchanting gardens and walks, attractions to suit all ages, museums and castles, antique shops and unrivalled local produce. There is no other place with such a rich past and great future. 2016 – 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings – come celebrate!