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Iron Country Local Attractions

 Iron Country Attractions
Our Iron Country area covers the villages between Battle , Northiam , Hawkhurst , Wadhurst , Mayfield and Heathfield . This area is rural and very peaceful with beautiful views across the rolling East Sussex countryside, and has much History from the Romans , the Saxons, the Normans and even medieval iron .
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1066 Country Walk
The 1066 Country Walk starts at Pevensey and meanders around the Battle area to finish up at Rye , if you enjoy walking take a look at the route and choose any area, as all are very attractive and provide easy to hard walking.
Pevensey Herstmonceux Boreham Street Warbleton Battle Westfield Icklesham Winchelsea Rye  Dry


Batemans House and Gardens
The old wealden manor house was purchased by Rudyard Kipling in 1902, where he lived until he died in 1936. The interior of this wonderful Jacobean House is filled with Kiplings collections of many Oriental Rugs and artifacts he collected while touring the far East. Most of the rooms are as Kipling left them, including his book lined study. They are a delight to view, giving an good impression of a time long past.
Burwash  Wet & Dry
Battle Abbey

Battle Abbey site of the Battle of Hastings in 1066AD
Come to the heart of 1066 country and see this fantastic building which was started in 1070 to commemorate the win by King William of Normandy over the Saxon King Harold on Senlac Field , the location of the Battle of Hastings .
Battle  Dry
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Battle Museum
Set within a beautiful walled Elizabethan styled garden is this independant museum displaying some of Battle's rich history. After the Battle of Hastings and William I, iron workers, farmers, tanners, gunpowder manufacturers and clockmakers all made Battle their home.

The oldest Guy in the world is housed in the museum while it waits to be presented to the public on November 5th every year.
Battle  Wet & Dry


Bedgebury National Pinetum
Bedgebury Forest is not a true ‘Forest’ in the medieval sense but a wooded area adjacent to Bedgebury Park. It includes the National Pinetum, the world’s finest collection of conifers. It is in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and listed among the ‘Seven Wonders of the Weald’.
Flimwell Cranbrook Goudhurst Kilndown Hawkhurst  Dry


Bodiam Castle
This moated fairytale castle was built by Sir Edward Dalyngrigge between 1385 and 1390 as a protection to the Rother valley from attack by the French. It is run by the National Trust and makes a fantastic day out. You can also get here from Tenterden by the Kent & East Sussex Railway to Bodiam station.
Bodiam  Dry
Buckleys Museum of Shops

Buckleys Yesterdays World
Enjoy strolling round the many Victorian and Edwardian displays, such as chemists, grocers, sweet shop, kitchen, as well as a 1930's country railway station, wireless shop, photographer's studio and many more ...
Battle  Wet & Dry
The Great Hall

Great Dixter House and Gardens
Great Dixter was the home of garden writer Christopher Lloyd, who developed a most exciting garden incorporating a number of medieval buildings. The house was built in the middle of the fifteenth century, and then restored by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1910. The restoration was carried out to recreate the medieval splendour of the property, and to build domestic quarters for the Edwardian household.
Northiam  Dry


Kent and East Sussex Railway
The Railway is a living and fully working museum preserved by volunteers and enthusiasts. The track runs for 10 miles from Bodiam and its Castle in Sussex to the very pretty market town of Tenterden in Kent.
Tenterden Rolvenden Layne Northiam Bodiam  Wet & Dry


Mad Jack Fullers Follies
John Fuller of Brightling owned the mansion adjoining the Church and the Brightling Estate. The Family became famous for its iron furnace at Heathfield which produced guns and cannons for the navy, and the forge at Burwash Weald which produced a wide range of implements for agriculture and family use.
Brightling  Dry


Merriments Gardens
The gardens were layed out in the early 1990's and provide a very pretty and enjoyable time walking around the various locations.
Hurst Green  Dry


Pashley Manor Gardens
Pashley Manor was originally the home of the de Passele family, from 1262 - 1453, who built the original house and moat, which still exists. A fragrant garden to visit with romantic new plantings.
Ticehurst  Dry
Ripleys Museum or Rural History

Ripleys Museum
The contents of Jack Hook's smithy - the last farrier in the village. Mr Beaney's wheelwrights, Mr Burchett's saddlery, A. Hoad and Sons hop press and other farm byegones. The cobblers shop of Jim Beeden with old Mrs Pantry's boots still to be collected. - just take a look.
Robertsbridge  Wet & Dry


Robertsbridge Aviation Museum
The museum collection was founded in 1973 and includes exhibits covering civil and military aviation, past and present. Many of the items on display are of Sussex origin, and come from the sea, (often trawled up by fishermen), digs (always under the strict adherence to guidelines and avoiding sensitive sites) and objects donated by the public. .
Robertsbridge  Wet & Dry


The Cuckoo Trail
The Cuckoo Trail takes its name from the light railway, the Cuckoo Line , which was closed in the early 1960's. The line ran from Eridge to Polegate, through Heathfield , where by tradition, the first Cuckoo of spring was released at the annual Heffle fair.
Heathfield Horam Hellingly Hailsham Polegate  Wet & Dry


The Village of Mayfield
Like many places in the area, Mayfield prospered at the height of the Wealden iron industry , and much of its finest architecture dates from that time. "Middle House", in the High Street is a splendid oak beamed Tudor Inn. The date 1575 is carved into the barge boards.
Mayfield  Wet & Dry

 

 
       
 
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