Heritage

Discover a world of heritage as the Heart of Sussex is a treasure trove for those fascinated by the past. Steam through the countryside, discover the rural past, be inspired by the Arts and Crafts Movement, and get lost in a maize maze!

Standen (East Grinstead)                            
The National Trust's showpiece house of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Built in 1892, it is adorned with William Morris textiles and wallpapers, complimented by contemporary furniture and ceramics.

Saint Hill Manor (East Grinstead)          
This 18th century sandstone building is home to the delightful 100 foot long Monkey Mural, painted by Sir Winston Churchill's nephew. Previous owners include the Maharajah of Jaipur, and L. Ron Hubbard (founder of Scientology).

The Priest House (West Hoathly)        
This early 15th Century timber-framed hall house is home to a fascinating collection of country furniture, needlework and household items. The formal herb garden has over 150 plant varieties.

Sackville College (East Grinstead)               
Over 400 years old, this Jacobean Almshouse is still in use today. Visit the quadrangle, chapel, banqueting hall and the warden's study where the carol ‘Good King Wenceslas' was composed.

Newtimber Place (Newtimber)         
An imposing 17th Century Sussex moated house, decorated with 18th century Etruscan-style wall paintings.  Open by appointment only.

Jack & Jill Windmills (Clayton)     
Situated on the South Downs, the famous Jill Windmill is a white painted post mill, built in Brighton in 1821 and restored to full working order by volunteers. Admission is free and donations are welcome. (Jack, a black painted tower mill built in 1866, is privately owned and not open to the public).

Bluebell Railway (East Grinstead and Horsted Keynes)           
This beautifully preserved railway presents the UK's largest collection of Southern Railway Steam locomotives, and its nine-mile line runs through the Sussex countryside between Sheffield Park, Horsted Keynes and now accessible from the London Victoria mainline at East Grinstead.

East Grinstead Museum                    
Traces the history of the town and surrounding area through displays and technology. Also facilities for research and a children's activity corner. Regular exhibitions and family activities. Free admission.

Cuckfield Museum  
Unearth the story of Cuckfield and its surroundings, from the discovery of the world's first Iguanodon, to life in an Edwardian village.

South Downs Heritage Centre (Hassocks)
The rural life of Sussex from a bygone age, including displays of local heritage crafts. - Currently closed due to building works - check website http://www.south-downs.co.uk/