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From London: Seven Sisters and South Downs Full-Day Tour

1. From London: Seven Sisters and South Downs Full-Day Tour

Catch the train to Brighton from London and climb aboard a luxury minibus on arrival. Journey to the beautiful South Downs and marvel at the rolling hills created over thousands of years by grazing animals. Visit Devil's Dyke to appreciate the view across the lowland weald, and learn how the landscape was formed before making your way to Middle Farm, where you can buy cheeses, sparkling wines or cider from Sussex. Continue along country lanes to Seven Sisters Country Park to see the Neolithic carving of the Longman of Wilmington. Go for a walk to Beachy Head and take stunning photos of the white cliffs before traveling to Birling Gap to look at the dramatic coastal erosion and to get your first glimpse of the Seven Sisters cliffs. Stop at Seaford Head to enjoy an iconic view of the Seven Sisters, and walk to the coastguard cottages to appreciate the area's beauty in full. Go for a stroll in Rudyard Kipling's gardens in Rottingdean, and then get some free time in Brighton or catch the train back to London straight away.

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From Brighton: Seven Sisters and South Downs Tour

2. From Brighton: Seven Sisters and South Downs Tour

Meet your friendly and local driver-guide at the Brighton pick-up point. This ancient landscape is characterized by the rolling chalk hills, created over thousands of years by farmers grazing their animals.  Stop at the eerily named Devil's Dyke with views of up to 30 miles across the lowland Weald. Learn how this landscape was created and see the unique Devil's Dyke, the largest dry valley in the UK. Head to Middle Farm, a traditional Sussex farm that has been in the same family for over 200 years, offering the largest selection of Sussex produce in its farm shop. Stop for 30 minutes to have a good look around and grab a snack. Continue to the Seven Sisters Country Park and the white cliffs, passing through old country lanes to see the mysterious and ancient Longman of Wilmington, a huge Neolithic carving on the side of the Downs. Walk to the top of England's highest chalk cliff, measuring 530 feet. Stop at Seaford Head for the iconic view of The Seven Sisters.  Before returning to Brighton, stop in the village of Rottingdean. Stroll through the gardens of Rudyard Kipling, author of The Jungle Book, before transferring back to the city center, arriving back in Brighton at 5:00 PM.

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London: Guided Day Trip to Brighton and Seven Sisters

3. London: Guided Day Trip to Brighton and Seven Sisters

Get a local perspective on both the top attractions and lesser-known parts of Brighton on this full-day tour from London with an exciting and flexible itinerary. After being picked up from your central London hotel in the morning, you’ll visit Brighton, Hove, and Seven Sisters, including a stopover at the cherished Brighton pier and iconic Royal Pavilion. You’ll also get the chance to explore England's newest addition to its natural attractions, South Downs National Park, stopping to enjoy a classic fish and chips lunch by the seaside along an action-packed day of sightseeing.

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What people are saying about South Downs

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 319 reviews

This day trip was simply fabulous!!! We viewed many stunning sites and the sunset at Beachy Head was incomparable. We were met at the train station by Tom and escorted to Brighton where Laurence was waiting for us. We saw the chalk giant and had lunch at a tea room at a farm. We drove through Sussex and viewed the Seven Sisters from three different viewpoints. This was a wonderful trip- well planned and such beautiful scenery. I especially loved that our guide is a small business owner and we could tell the passion he has for the area. I hope that tourists will start returning as this virus has devastated so many businesses. We cannot overstate what a great tour that this was.

Lawrence is a wonderful guide. One thing to note that even though the tour ends at Brighton Station, we were provided with train tickets to go back to London. Would definitely recommend this tour to others!

My husband and I enjoyed our day from London immensely. We had a lovely group of 6 of people from around the world and we enjoyed getting to know them and share the beautiful sites.

Lawrence is a great guide, knowledgable and truly made our trip enjoyable. Highly recommended.

Fantastic trip. So close to london. Amazing tour guide. Gorgeous location