Things to do in and close to Rottingdean
Beacon Hill Nature Reserve - rich variety of chalk grassland flowers, 5 minutes from our home, also a route across the Downs to the beach past Rottingdean Windmill.
Castle Hill Nature Reserve - http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/index.cfm?request=c1179435 10 minute car journey plus a pleasant walk across the Downs
Paved walk next to the beach from Rottingdean to cinemas, restaurants, shops in the Marina and onwards to Brighton.
Kiplings Garden - The Elms and the Kipling Gardens
The former home of Rudyard Kipling, this was the 18th century house where the author retreated to write his work. During his stay between 1897 and 1902 he wrote some of his most popular classics, such as 'Kim', 'Stalky and Co.', the 'Just So' stories and the poems 'Recessional' and the 'Absent Minded Beggar'. Fortunately, a plan for a housing development here was stopped by the Rottingdean Preservation Society. Most of the original walled garden was saved and developed. Open to the public, the garden is a real pleasure. Kipling Gardens has a large array of colourful flowers and offers peace in an elegant setting. Complete with a croquet lawn, this little retreat provides all the pleasures of an English country garden.
The Grange Museum - home of Rottingdean Library, Grange Art Gallery and Museum featuring exhibitions on Kipling, Edward Burne-Jones and local history.
Pitch and Putt course - on Marine Drive; café attached.
St Wulfran’s Church Ovingdean
St Margaret’s Church Rottingdean
The local church was built from flint which is found in the local chalk. It provided an excellent building material for the Normans who built a church here on the site of an earlier Saxon church. Constructed in the Early English Style, this hidden wonder is known amongst artists for its windows which were designed by Sir Edward Burne-Jones. Trained by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Burne-Jones is generally accepted to be one of the finest Pre-Raphaelite artists. He also brought about a revival in medieval applied arts and the stained glass windows you see here are a testament to this. On your visit also keep a look out for the bust of Dr Thomas Hooker. A vicar whose concerns fell in with those of his flock, he acted as a mounted lookout for the gang of smugglers. You may notice that the interior of the church walls appear to be off colour. This was the result of a French raid in 1377. Regrettably, the villagers came into the church for refuge but were trapped inside when it was set alight and many lives were lost.
Rottingdean Windmill - A black smock windmill, it is open to the public monthly on every third Sunday.
Tennis - public tennis court 5 minute walk from our home.
There is also a Bowling Club and a Croquet Club in the village.