Frequented by early tourists during Victorian times because of its 'rejuvenating' sea-air, Bexhill-on-Sea has retained much of what made it popular a century ago.
The Old Town area of Bexhill can boast buildings dating back to the Saxon era, including the charming St Peter's Church, and scenic Manor Gardens, with its beautifully manicured lawns and colourful plant collection, is home to the ruins of a thirteenth century manor house.
The Bexhill museum has recently re-opened after extensive refurbishment and offers a fascinating and comprehensive insight into local history and the town's famous visitors and residents over the centuries.
The town's annual Festival of Motoring celebrates Bexhill's historic links to motorsport - the world's first motor-race took place along the seafront there - as does the Motoring Heritage Centre, home to artefacts and photographs that highlight the town's status as the birthplace of motor-racing.
One of the most striking edifices in the town is the Grade 1 listed modernist icon, the De La Warr Pavilion - which is a national centre for contemporary culture - housing cutting-edge art shows, an excellent restaurant, large live performance space and roof terrace with stunning panoramic coastal views.
Aside from its miles of pristine beach, Bexhill has a number of attractive open spaces to relax in such as Egerton Park, with its boating lake and sports facilities, or the Polegrove Recreation Ground, home to an annual horse show as well as the local football, cricket and rugby teams.