The ancient town of Winchelsea was founded in the 13th century by Edward 1, replacing 'Old Winchelsea' which was lost to the rising sea. Today, a captivating town of picturesque Georgian houses has inspired many great artists, such as Turner and Millais. Cellar tours provide a fascinating insight into the town's history. There is an extensive network of short and long-distance walking trails including 1066 Country Walk and a circular Winchelsea Walk which takes you through the Pannel Valley Nature Reserve and along the Royal Military Canal.
Pett Pools Nature Reserve is nearby and attracts hundreds of interesting birds.
Winchelsea is a Community Rail Station
Rye Harbour & Nature Reserve
An old fishing village with a lovely church that includes a memorial to the lifeboat tragedy. Near the Martello Tower is the entrance to Sussex Wildlife Trust nature reserve. Discover wildlife in a mosaic of coastal habitats - shingle, saltmarsh, lagoons, and reedbeds. Explore its changing coastline and military history, or simply enjoy a walk beside the sea.
Winchelsea Court Hall Museum
The Court Hall Museum illustrates the history of the ‘Antient Town of Winchelsea’. The museum is housed in a single large room on the first floor of the Court Hall in the High Street, one of the oldest buildings in the town. Exhibits include maps, models, pictures, local pottery and items relating to daily life in the town and its surrounding area.
Winchelsea Cellar Tours
The Winchelsea cellars or undercrofts, once used for storing goods, are an important part of the town’s medieval history. Thirty-three accessible medieval cellars still exist, mostly in the northern quadrant of the town nearest to the river Brede. Visitors can appreciate the size, scale and beauty of what lies below the streets by a visit underground..
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