If you use our postcode your GPS may direct you to a CLOSED entrance of the Herstmonceux Castle Estate, resulting in a 10 minute re-route.
The OPEN entrance is from Wartling Road with the junction on to Halley Road (private road within the estate).
The Co-ordinates are:
In the 1950s this site was specifically chosen to be the new home of The Royal Greenwich Observatory: set in the midst of the Sussex countryside, away from light pollution with the dark skies that were perfect for astronomers. Sadly in modern times, it cannot be readily accessed by public transport.
The estate entrance is over 3 miles from the village of Herstmonceux along fast lanes, without footpaths: if using public transport please consider how you will complete / return your journey.
The nearest mainline train station is Polegate where taxis are available.
The nearest main buses will stop in Hailsham and a taxi is then required.
The Cuckmere Bus operates some rural services.
Cyclists can travel across the picturesque Pevensey Levels from Pevensey railway station. The route is very flat with only 1 hill at Wartling - journey time varies from 25 - 45 minutes depending on pedal power and wind direction!
Service 49 links The Observatory Science Centre to Pevensey and Eastbourne via the Seafront, Langney Shops, Westham and Wartling.
The bus will drop off / pick up immediately outside the reception to The Centre and enables visitors without their own transport to visit this fantastic attraction.
PLUS! If you present a valid Cuckmere Community Bus ticket (same day only) at reception you will be entitled to a reduced admission of just £6 pp.
Please check Cuckmere Buses website for details of this service: