Eastbourne is a picturesque seaside town, most famous for its beautiful 300m-long Victorian Pier. Located between Brighton and Beachy Head, the highest chalk sea cliff in Great Britain, you can guarantee there is plenty to do both in and around the town.
The beach is a prime hotspot for visitors in the summer, and every August the Airborne Airshow is
an unmissable lnternational event. Discover Eastbourne’s rich history and activities for the whole family to enjoy, such as The Bandstand, Towner Art Gallery, the Miniature Steam Railway, Theatres, Redoubt Fortress, and Fort Fun.
Further afield, explore the wonderful walks of The Seven Sisters Country Park and South Downs National Park, the land and history of 1066 country in nearby Herstmonceux Castle, Newhaven Fort, and definitely don’t miss Drusillas Park Zoo in Alfriston!
ST MARY’S CHURCH, OLD TOWN – next door
St Mary’s, resting on the slope of the Bourne stream, was built late in the 12th century with Caen stone from Normandy. It was considerably enlarged in the 14th cent. and extensively restored in the 19th century.
GILDREDGE MANOR – across the road
One of Sussex’s finest privately owned Georgian Manor houses. It is now nearly 240 years old and was once Eastbourne’s art gallery and museum (1923-2005) & a private family home for the Vicar and Lord of the Manor of Eastbourne before that.
SEVEN SISTERS COUNTRY PARK – 8.5KM
Situated in the South Downs National Park, the Seven Sisters Country Park is made up of 280 hectares of chalk cliffs, meandering river valley and open chalk grassland. It is a popular place for a number of outdoor activities including walking, birdwatching, cycling and canoeing. Or if you simply want to take in the surroundings relax at Saltmarsh cafe and rooms, located behind the visitors centre.
EASTBOURNE PIER. 1.9KM
One of the finest examples of a Victorian pier, Eastbourne’s stunning seafront landmark is fully open for business with a brand new walkway since the fire of 2014.
MINIATURE RAILWAY. 2.3KM
A Railway Adventure in Eastbourne. Travel behind the famous one-eighth scale miniature locomotives as they meander for nearly a mile around the beautiful country park.
SOVEREIGN HARBOUR . 5KM
Sovereign Harbour is northern Europe’s largest composite marina complex and boasts four linked harbours, a large FREE car park and the hugely popular Waterfront retail and restaurant development.
DRUSILLAS PARK ZOO . 12KM
Enjoy a great family day out at one of the top kids days out in Sussex. Widely regarded as the best small zoo in the country Drusillas has created an animal and child friendly environment where the focus is always on fun finding out.
TOWN CENTRE . 1.9KM
Discover a wide range of Eastbourne shops from high street shops at the Eastbourne Arndale Centre to the quaint Victorian shopping streets of Little Chelsea and the boutiques in the Enterprise Centre.
THE BEACH. 2KM
Eastbourne offers more than 3 miles of vast shingle beaches offfering sand, and in some cases rock pooling opportunities, at low tide.
From stunning cliffs and a Marine Conservation Area at Holywell, to windsurfing off Royal Parade and fishing at Harbour Reach, our array of beaches offer the perfect spot to suit everyone.
CONGRESS THEATRE . 1.9KM
The Congress Theatre is a Grade II* listed, purpose built, theatre and conference venue designed by Bryan and Norman Westwood Architects and built in 1963. The largest theatre on the South Coast, the Congress Theatre is host to touring West End musicals and plays, ballet, opera, comedy and live music, the range of live entertainment on offer is extensive and diverse.
The South Downs Way is a long distance footpath in Southern England and is one of Britain’s National Trails. It runs for around 100 miles from Winchester in Hampshire to Eastbourne in Sussex, with a small loop around Eastbourne. The South Downs Way pases through the South Downs a beautiful area, which may soon become a National Park.
BEACHY HEAD. 3.7KM
Visit Beachy Head cliffs in Eastbourne. The UK’s highest chalk sea cliff features at the western end of Eastbourne
seafront in the South Downs National Park and Seven Sisters Country Park. Visit the lighthouse, Beachy Head Countryside Centre, Beachy Head pub or take a trip on an open-topped bus.