The beautiful village and civil parish Alfriston can be found in the valley of Cuckmere, East Sussex south of the main A27 Trunk Road. The village has strong evidence of ancient occupation and holds links with the infamous Afriston Smuggling Gang.
There are a number of unique, quirky shops catering to nostalgic goods including an apothecary, apiary and tricorn hat shop, as well as a fabulous book shop and gallery. Perhaps the most famous site Alfriston has to boast of is the National Trust’s Alfriston Clergy House, which was the first building to be acquired by the National Trust in 1896.
Overlooking the river Cuckmere, the site features a thatched, timber-framed house surrounded by a stunning garden and magnificent Judas tree. The village is easily accessible with great transport links and plenty of bed and breakfast’s, hotels and cottages to choose from allowing you to enjoy your stay to the fullest.
This park is famous for its small animal collection, so small that some of them are just bugs. It is a great interactive zoo with the focus being on education about the animals and their habitats. (01323 874 100)
Farningham Woods Nature Reserve
Opened in 1986 by the great naturalist himself, David Attenborough, this vast woodland area is a delight to explore and get back in touch with nature.
Alfriston Clergy House
This natural trust property dates back to the 14th century. It has been restored to its regal glory. (01323 870 001)
The English Wine Centre
You can take a walking tour here of the Cuckmere valley, you can taste the local wines, and enjoy a hearty lunch as well.
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