Our Local Area
Sussex is dominated by the rolling hills of the South Downs and the white chalk cliffs that meet the sea. The George is perfectly positioned to take full advantage of everything this beautiful county has to offer. From sports. to culture, heritage and historical sites, or the blissful nature of the country air - take a look at some of the attractions on our doorstep that make this part of the country so special.
Glyndebourne Opera House
The George Inn is situated only fifteen minutes away from the internationally renowned Glyndebourne Opera House. Their summer season of performances bring world-class leading opera to the Sussex countryside. Our rooms are the perfect place to get ready in your finery, head out with your picnic, and enjoy a day of sensational music.
East Sussex boasts some of England's most idyllic landscapes, making it the perfect place for avid walkers. Both the Vanguard Way and the South Downs Way pass through Alfriston - with the latter even making its way through our very front door. The George offers the perfect pitstop after a long days hike in the beautiful Sussex countryside. Check out our blog for some of our favourite walks.
With a large number of the infamous Bloomsbury Group calling Sussex their home, just five minutes from the village is Charleston Farmhouse. Home to Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant - whose beautiful murals can be found in nearby Berwick church - Charleston is alive with avant garde history. Their Literary Festival takes place annually within the beautifully cultivated gardens.
The Clergy House
The Clergy House was the first building ever acquired by the National Trust. The 15th century Wealden hall-house is nestled between the village green, St Andrews Church, and the banks of the River Cuckmere, with views to the hills beyond.
The Long Man of Wilmington
The mysterious hillside chalk drawing near the village of Wilmington, is thought to date back to 1710, and is the largest outline of a human form in Europe. From Alfriston it is an easy walk to stand in the fields below and look up at the magnificent figure.
Seven Sisters Country Park
The iconic chalk cliffs of the Seven Sisters dominate the East Sussex coastline. They start at Cuckmere Haven - a beautiful walk from Alfriston, following the ox-bow bends and meanders of the river, till at its mouth the white cliffs rise from the sea.
Drusillas Park is widely regarded as the best small zoo in the country, and the emphasis is always on creating a fun, friendly environment for all the family. As well as the animals there is a children's adventure park and it is situated just outside the centre of the village.
Michelham Priory is the site of a former Augustine Priory in Upper Dicker, ten minutes from Alfriston. The priory house and gardens have been turned into a museum where you can explore 800 years of history, from Henry VIII to present day.
Herstmonceux Castle sits within a 300 acre estate of stunning grounds, that makes a beautiful day out of exploration. The estate is also home to the Observatory Science Centre which provides hands-on science among the domes and telescopes of a world famous astronomical observatory.
Cadence Cycle Club
Within the village of Litlington - a 20 minute stroll along the river from The George - you'll find this cycling hub. Offering mountain and ebike rentals, tours, and repairs, it's the perfect place for cyclists of any ability to explore everything that the Cuckmere Valley has to offer.
Nestled within the picturesque hamlet of Glynde is this historic estate. The house is open for tours, with the lovely coach house and tea rooms. A summer concert series is held annually, featuring musicians from the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme.
Beachy Head Lighthouse
Loacted just east of Went Hill - the final peak of the Seven Sisters - the stripes of Beachy Head lighthouse stand proudly. This popular tourist spot boasts wonderful views over the channel, as well as the rolling valleys behind.
This working family farm lies nestled at the foot of Firle Beacon, just along the road from Charleston Farm House. With a farm shop, cider barn, tea room, garden section, and children's play area, there is plenty worth a visit.
Watersports at Exceat
Buzz Active run an array of paddle sports along the river Cuckmere. Based at Exceat, they offer canoeing, kayaking, and stand up paddle boarding, either instructor lead or hourly hire. There are also open access spots, for those with their own equipment.
Sussex boasts some of the best Golf Courses in the country, set within beautiful scenery. Within half an hour of our front door you'll find East Sussex National, Blatchington, Seaford Golf Course and many more.
Situated on the River Ouse, the historic town of Lewes provides culture packed cobbled streets, perfect for an afternoon exploration. With plenty of cafes, art galleries and antiques shops, alongside attractions such as Lewes Castle and Anne of Cleves House there is plenty to do. The town's infamous Bonfire celebrations bring spectators from across the globe.
Monks House, Rodmell
This unassuming National Trust property, in the small village of Rodmell, was home to Leonard and Virginia Woolf, who moved there in 1919. Within its walls Woolf wrote some of her most famed novels. It is now a registered museum, with a collection spanning the populace of the Bloomsbury Group, and can be visited all the year round.
Hope Gap & Seaford Beach
Just a few miles from Alfriston is the small town of Seaford with is pebbled beach. Set within the Seaford Head Nature Reserve is the eponymous Hope Gap, home to the coastguard cottages and one of the most iconic picture postcard views in all of Sussex. When the tide is out, this is the perfect place to jump between rock pools, hoping to spot some sea-life.