Leisure or Walking in East Sussex- Your Choice! - 29th March - 1st April 2019


 Why not join us on this tour based in the Mansion Lions Hotel, Eastbourne, East Sussex.

Friday: Travelling to Battle Abbey, East Sussex for our first visit of the weekend. On this spot in the year 1066, the armies of King Harold and William the Conqueror clashed at the Battle of Hastings. Now you can stand on the very site where this decisive struggle was fought and England’s future decided. Explore abbey ruins and meet the Normans and Saxons on the sculpture trail. The gatehouse exhibition reveals the abbey’s role in the country’s future, then head to the roof for stunning views of the battlefield. Allow the stories of battle to unfold and discover its atmosphere for yourself.  It is recommended that you bring a packed lunch with you as we are not scheduled to arrive at Battle until early afternoon. After exploring Battle we will re-join the coach for our onward journey to the Mansion Lions Hotel, Eastbourne. It will be a late afternoon check-in. After we have checked-in there will be time at leisure prior to dinner.

Saturday: Leaving the hotel after breakfast we will travel to Birling Gap/Seven Sisters NT site. 


Todays walk (starts at Birling Gap/Seven Sisters NT site. This is a 5½ mile, moderate grade linear walk from Birling Gap to Eastbourne via Beachy Head rising to 515 feet at the highest point.  It is reasonably even underfoot, mainly on a clearly marked grassy path, and along the promenade for the last mile. There is a café with toilets at the start, with other facilities at the Beachy Head hotel and Countryside centre about half way along.  The walk finishes back at the hotel in Eastbourne

For the non-walkers, then you will have time at Birling Gap/Seven Sisters and the Beachy Head Countryside Centre before returning  to Eastbourne where you will have time at leisure for the rest of day prior to Dinner.


Sunday: After breakfast we make the journey to Michelham Priory, the starting point of todays walk (5 miles approx).  The walk is not too strenuous, over fields and around a reservoir finishing back at Michelham Priory. There are toilets at the pub in Upper Dicker, as well as the opportunity to get some food. Food and toilets are also available at Michelham Priory.

For the non-walkers, you will have the morning free in Eastbourne. Early afternoon you will be taken to Michelham for a visit to Michelham Priory & Gardens. England’s longest medieval water filled moat surrounds the site which dates back to 1229. Explore 800 years of Priory history here at Michelham: from its foundation by Augustinian canons, through the destruction caused by the dissolution of the monasteries in Tudor times into its later life as a country house. During your visit you will have time to explore the priory, with its 7 acres of grounds, the  kitchen garden, medieval herb garden and the historic watermill and forge.

We will leave Michelham late afternoon, arriving back at the hotel in time to relax before dinner. 

Monday: After breakfast you will check-out of the hotel and travel to Herstmonceaux Castle.


Herstmonceux Castle Gardens and Grounds is a 600 acre estate including woodland, formal themed gardens and of course a 15th century moated castle. Made from red brick Herstmonceux Castle is one of the earliest examples of a brick built building in England.

As well as operating throughout spring and summer as a popular tourist attraction, Herstmonceux Castle also operates as an International Study Centre for Queen’s University in Canada. A tour of the castle has been requested but it is entirely dependant on student activities on site if this will be granted.


Herstmonceux Castle Gardens & Grounds embody the history of medieval England and the romance of renaissance Europe.

Starting at the front of the castle, we will have the perfect opportunity to take some photographs before walking around to the Visitors Centre where you can refresh yourself, learn a little about the history of the castle and relax before taking a gentle stroll around our formal gardens.

As you head through the themed gardens you will work your way towards the woodland trails where you can enjoy a peaceful stroll and take in the carefully managed flora and fauna of the estate. Discoveries such as Woodhenge, 300 year old Chestnut Trees, the Folly and Secret Garden as the Lake and Moat Walks.

The estate is also home to the Observatory Science Centre an engaging and exciting hands-on science experience set among the domes and telescopes of a world famous astronomical observatory. 


Early afternoon we will depart Herstmonceaux to head back to Manchester, arriving approx. 20.00hrs

Hotel: Mansion Lions Hotel is situated on the elegant Eastbourne seafront opposite the iconic Bandstand and centrally situated for the town and nearby attractions.  All Bedrooms include en-suite bathroom, tea & coffee making facilities, hair dryer, Wi-Fi and television.


Price Per person: (Based on twin/double 2 adults sharing) -

  • Member Plus (Members with Lottery Shares) - £229
  • Members (No Lottery Shares) - £234
  • Non-Member - £239
  • Single Supplement £NIL (Limited Availability)

Look What's included:

  • 3 Nights Accommodation including Breakfast and Dinner
  • Entry to 1066 Battle Abbey Site, Michelham Priory & Grounds and Herstmonceaux Castle Gardens,  Grounds and Science Centre
  • Transport throughout the tour as per itinerary
  • Maps & Walks Itinerary

What's NOT included:

  • Meals and Entrance to attraction fees other than those stated in the itinerary
  • Any Items of a personal nature such as drinks, souvenirs etc

For further details and bookings, you can either use the Reservation Form or contact Bob Walker 

Please include your Name, Home Address, Contact Telephone Number, Membership Number and the Number Places Required (Member/Non-Member)