Alfriston is a village in East Sussex inland from Newhaven and Seaford, at the eastern end of the South Downs National Park and in the Cuckmere Valley.
A traditional village in a picturesque setting, there are a couple of notable buildings in Alfriston including:
- the 14th century church, itself a reconstruction of an earlier church, and its surrounding cemetery,
- the Star Inn, built in the 14th century as a pilgrim's hostel then converted into a pub in the 16th century, has an attractive half-timbered frontage (and a curious red ships figurehead in front),
- the Alfriston Clergy House - next to the church in the centre of Alfriston, this was the first property ever acquired by the National Trust (1896). The 14th century thatched dwelling and its associated garden is in a lovely setting with views across the river and countryside
For such a small village, Alfriston has a very impressive selection of pubs and tea shops - be sure to visit all of the pubs, they each have a very distinctive personality! There is also a small village stores and a couple of small independent shops (gift shops, antiques etc).