Located on the sunny south coast of England, just a short journey outside the capital, East Sussex is one of the United Kingdom's favourite holiday destinations. Along the iconic coastline, the county is peppered with dynamic and lively towns, from Victorian Eastbourne to bohemian Brighton. Inland, the county offers a combination of untouched nature and picturesque historic towns. Blackhorse Quarry marks one of the most naturally fascinating spots in the county. With plenty of superb hotels nearby, it's a great place to visit during your East Sussex break.
An Image of the Past
Blackhorse Quarry today is surrounded by idyllic countryside - rolling hills and beautifully coloured meadows - but it's the insight it gives us into the past which attracts so many visitors to the site.
The quarry is a Site of Specific Scientific Interest and considerable geological significance. The bone bed is comprised of all manner of fascinating things, from bones and teeth to scales of various reptiles. Just a few names on the list of reptiles discovered at Blackhorse Quarry include dinosaurs, pterosaurs, turtles and crocodiles.
The Surrounding Area
Located near the site of the 1066 Battle of Hastings (the peaceful village of Battle), visitors to the quarry are confronted with immense natural beauty in the surrounding area. The charming village of Battle is quintessentially English, offering a number of period buildings, some pubs and a village shop. The village has its own historic Abbey and plenty of golf courses in the surrounding area.
As well as lovers of nature and geology, the area near the quarry attracts a lot of walkers and history buffs. There's no shortage of castles in the area, and the South Downs National Park provide picturesque walks for those of all abilities.
Hotels in East Sussex
Whether you choose to stay close to Blackhorse Quarry or further afield, you'll have the choice of some of the finest hotels in the country. In Battle itself, visitors can choose to stay at the welcoming and traditional The George Hotel. The nearby rural villages of Whatlington, Boreham and Crowhurst all provide gorgeous B&Bs and guesthouses. Further to the south, on the coast, Brighton and Eastbourne support a variety of hotels to suit all budgets.