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Type:Towns & Villages

Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 4UG
The seafront in Eastbourne, East Sussex


From the Victorian pier and three tier promenade, to a world-class marina and vibrant watersports centre, Eastbourne is both a classic and modern English seaside town.

A natural gateway to the South Downs, Eastbourne attracts thousands of visitors looking to get away from it all. Eastbourne is also a wonderful base to explore the glorious surrounding countryside and the Sussex Coast.

You're only a short drive away from Battle Abbey, famous site of the Battle of Hastings. If you're interested in this important British event, you should also visit Pevensey Castle – built upon existing fortifications by William the Conqueror after coming ashore in 1066.

For fun for all the family - visit nearby Drusillas Park and get nose to nose with hundreds of exotic animals, from monkeys and crocodiles to penguins and meerkats.

Ultimately, the beach dominates the activities in Eastbourne itself. And, whether you're listening to music in the 1930s bandstand or simply dipping your toes in the Quality Coast award-winning waters, it's easy to see why the beach is so popular!

Things to see and do in Eastbourne...

  • Enjoy dramatic views over the English Channel from the UK's highest chalk cliff, Beachy Head. Afterwards, you can explore the stunning Seven Sisters Country Park (the Sisters are seven huge chalk cliffs jutting out to sea).
  • Check out the bold, stunning contemporary artworks in Towner – the shiny new centre of visual arts for the South East.
  • Take a short drive to Herstmonceux Castle to enjoy the lovely Elizabethan gardens, and visit the interactive astronomy centre and observatory.
  • Head to the end of the pier and try the Victorian Camera Obscura to view the seafront in amazing 360-degree projections.

Accommodation in Eastbourne

There are plenty of places to stay in Eastbourne and Cavendish Hotel is just one of them. Named after the 7th Duke of Devonshire, the majestic hotel commands the premier sea front position on Eastbourne's Grand Parade. The hotel enjoys a reputation for fine food and wine in its magnificent Marine Restaurant, making it an excellent venue for business people, conference delegates and holiday makers.

Claremont Hotel is a beautiful Victorian building that boasts comfortable bedrooms which are perfect for unwinding after a day enjoying Eastbourne's delights. Exclusively for adults, the newly refurbished Claremont Hotel offers a prime location on Eastbourne's splendid Grand Parade.

For more information visit the official tourism website for Eastbourne.


Map & Directions

Road Directions

Eastbourne is about 70 miles south of London, is easily accessible via the major motorway networks of the M23 and M25 and is well served by public transport.


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