Pevensey, Pevensey Bay and Westham

The Pevensey area is famous for its bay, castle and links with Anglo-Saxon history.  It was William the Conqueror’s landing place in 1066; this was followed by the famous Battle of Hastings which is embedded in every school’s history curriculum and which changed the course of English History. Pevensey Castle lies between Pevensey and Westham and is at the heart of this historic journey.

Pevensey Bay's beaches make for a relaxing retreat or family day out with plenty of activities and local delicacies to sample, whilst the Pevensey Levels are ideal for nature lovers.

St Mary's Church in Westham is reputed to be the first Norman church built in England.  The Court House Museum and Gaol holds a number of historical artefacts and is well worth seeing.

Did you know?

Britain's largest spider, the Fen Raft spider, which has a leg span of up to 6 inches can be found in Pevensey Levels.

Famous English landscape artist J.M.W. Turner, painted Pevensey Castle in 1816.



Pevensey Castle Aerial

Pevensey Castle and St Nicolas Church provide plenty of history dating back to Roman times.

Spend the day beachcombing at Pevensey Bay or for the more adventurous, try sailing or sea fishing.

Relax & Enjoy...

Fish will be on the menu in Pevensey Bay, where you can sample locally caught dabs, bass, dogfish, sole, mackerel and flounder in summer. Wash it down with a sample of local ales from one of the nearby pubs.

Out & About...

Pevensey Levels

Pevensey Levels has wet meadows in an open and relatively remote landscape.  This nature reserve is of international importance, ensuring the preservation of a series of rare aquatic plants, insects and birdlife.


Pevensey, Pevensey Bay and Westham are in a unique position, nestled beneath the South Downs National Park and between the sea and beautiful countryside. A wonderful base for a seaside holiday, the villages offer lots to see and do.

Pevensey Bay offers miles of sand when the tide goes out, just right for sandcastles, and the shallow waters are ideal for paddling.

Get Immersed...

Pevensey Bay was part of the Napoleonic defences of England in the early 1800's.  Many Martello towers were built between Eastbourne and Hastings to try to prevent invasion.

Pevensey village features several times in Rudyard Kipling's Puck of Pook's Hill (1907). Kipling's characters describe it as "England's Gate", the reason for this being the above history.

Stay a While...

For a relaxing stay, there is a wealth of self catering and serviced accommodation  to choose from. 

Why not stay at a bed and breakfast or holiday park where you can enjoy all the facilities on offer.

Or you could pitch your tent under a canopy of stars in the countryside, park your camper van next to a surf haven or hook up your touring caravan!