Magnificent views of rural Sussex

Situated right at the heart of rural Sussex, Lewes is a small country town with a lot of history. Not only does it boast the remains of a Norman castle, it also plays host to a townhouse that belonged to Henry VIII’s fourth wife, Anne of Cleves. Make the most of Lewes’ history by heading to the Lewes Castle and Barbican House Museum. Just a short walk from the town centre, you can climb up the castle’s towers and marvel at the views across the Sussex countryside.

Make furry friends at Raystede animal shelter

Looking for somewhere to take the kids? Visit the Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare, seven minutes north of Lewes in Ringmer. Raystede isn’t just an animal shelter. Every day between 10am and 4pm, it opens its doors to the public. So cuddle, stroke and play to your heart’s content: the shelter houses hundreds of species, including cats, dogs, donkeys, birds and even alpacas. Your kids can even follow the animal detective trails to learn more about their furry friends.

Opera for everyone at Glyndebourne

Held anually since 1934, the Glyndebourne Festival Opera is part of the modern-day fabric of Sussex. It's been reaching new audiences with accessible shows and new talent for decades - why not treat yourself and give it a try? Planning a trip to Lewes? Book a stay at Travelodge Brighton, just 20 minutes away by train and by car. It’s perfect for a visit to the city centre, too