Guided tours in Sussex

 Visit the site of the Battle of Hastings, in the town of Battle

Battle Abbey, BattleThe town of Battle is the site of the Battle of Hastings where William of Normandy defeated King Harold II to become William I on 14 October 1066. For this tour I will meet you in front of Battle Abbey to relive this important day.

I will guide you step by step through the development of the battle, and you will see the site of the battle for yourself.

Please note, the whole tour takes place outside.

 The town of Rye

Mermaid Street, RyePerched on a hill, overlooking the River Rother and Romney Marsh, this ancient town is the sort of place you thought existed only in your imagination.

With enchanting cobbled streets, medieval church and beautifully preserved historic houses from medieval, Tudor and Georgian times.

I will meet you at the coach or train station and walk you through the cobbled streets and will explain the history of Rye, from its time as one of the Cinque Ports to the present day.

Groups of more than 30 people would require a second guide for this walking tour.

 The town of Lewes

Lewes castle, LewesOnly 12 km from Brighton, Lewes is set in a gap in the hills of the South Downs.

Lewes has a history going back many hundred of years. After the Norman Invasion, William de Warenne built a castle here. Our tour will take in the ruins of the castle, the narrow back streets of the town, and the White Hart hotel (known as the "Cradle of American Independence" where Thomas Paine forged his radical policies) and you will hear about how Rodin and the Kiss played their part in Lewes too.

Of course, I will not forget to tell you about the Lewes Bonfire processions. The celebrations are the largest and most famous Bonfire Night celebrations in the country!

Groups of more than 30 people would require a second guide for this walking tour.

 The town of Hastings

The old town, HastingsHASTINGS bears the name of the Battle that took place 10 miles away from this location on 14th October 1066. It became part of the "rape" that William the Conqueror gave to Robert de Mortain. He built a castle long destroyed except for a few walls.

The Stade is the only existing port in the UK where boats are still drawn onto the beach. A living port in front of an old medieval town, Hastings belongs to the Cinque Ports.

A hidden gem of Sussex that Françoise will help you to discover, walking around the town.

Groups of more than 30 people would require a second guide for this walking tour.

 Other destinations

Françoise can also guide you in the whole Sussex area with your coach from Chichester to Rye.

All tours have to be booked by prior arrangement.

Groups or individuals.

Groups for a walk or a coach tour.

Individual for walks but also for a drive around town or in the countryside.

Françoise is an official driver-guide.