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Distance from the South Downs Way: Pass right through the village

Alfriston is undoubtedly one of the prettiest villages along the South Downs Way and certainly one of the most popular. It is located on the banks of the river Cuckmere, a very pleasant 3-mile stroll inland along the river from the sea at Cuckmere Haven. It’s about halfway between Lewes and Eastbourne and only around 11 miles from the end (or the start) of the South Downs Way. Set in a river valley with rolling hills all around, the beautiful location is matched by the village itself, full of quaint Tudor wood-beamed buildings.

There is a real sense of history here, reflected in many beautiful buildings, such as the 14th Century parish church and Alfriston Clergy House dating back to the same era. Alfriston certainly punches above its weight in terms of places to eat, drink and stay, with pubs, restaurants and accommodations to suit all budgets and tastes. Alfriston is a must-see destination on any trip to the South Downs and particularly if you are walking or cycling along the South Downs Way.

Getting Here & Home Again

By Train & Bus

There are regular bus services to Alfriston from Brighton, Lewes and Eastbourne, operated by Countryliner, Renown Buses and Brighton and Hove buses.

The closest railway station is at Seaford, around 4 miles away, with regular service to Brighton and Lewes, with onward connections to London. There is also a railway station at Lewes, around 9 miles away, with direct trains to London Victoria (1 hour 10 mins), Brighton (15 mins) and Eastbourne (20 mins).

By Car

Alfriston is situated a couple of miles south of the A27 which runs parallel with the coast from Eastbourne to Portsmouth and gives easy access to the A27 heading north to the M25 and London. There are two pay and display car parks in the village centre.


The village has three pubs, a post office and store, and several quaint independent shops.