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Eastbourne is a large seaside resort town on the South Coast of England in East Sussex. It lies at the eastern end of the chalk South Downs between Brighton and Hastings on flat terrain fronted by a 4-mile long, pebble and shingle beach. The area has been occupied from the Bronze Age onwards as people settled around the Burne stream. During the Victorian era, with the arrival of the railway, Easbourne's popularity as a seaside resort town grew. The town is sheltered from prevailing winds by Beach Head to the west and has a reputation as one of the sunniest places in England. Much of the income today comes from tourism and there are many hotels and bed & breakfast places to cater for visitors. Eastbourne is also a popular retirement location.

Eastbourne suffered badly during WWII, being targeted as one of the landing sites for the German invasion envisioned under Operation Sea Lion. Many buildings were destroyed by bombing raids. Along the coast here are a number of sea fortifications known as Martello Towers which act as a reminder of war days. The town has recovered after the war and once again depends heavily on tourism.

Much of the area to the west of Eastbourne is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). This covers the chalk cliffs between Eastbourne and Seafored that start at Beach Head and continue over the Seven Sisters to Cuckmere Haven and then Seaford Head. This stretch of coastline is world famous and a popular walking destination being on the South Downs Way.

Eastbourne - Travel and Tourism

Easbourne is blessed with a long seashore lined almost entirely by Victorian hotels boasting rooms with a sea view. Though this is a shingle beach, it is still very popular during the summer months. Some of the local tourist attractions include:
  • Eastbourne Beach - the town has 4 miles of seafront backed by hotels and the Grand Parade with opportunities for walking and cycling. The beach continues east to Pevensey Bay.
  • Eastbourne Pier - 300m long pleasure pier built in 1870 on which is a nightclub, bar, amusement arcade, cafe, glassblower and a couple of restaurants. It is a popular point for line fishing and offers good views along the coast.
  • Beachy Head - famous chalk headland just west of Eastbourne which, at 162m, is the highest chalk sea cliff in Britain with commensurate views from the top.
  • Seven Sisters - world famous series of chalk cliffs and hills that stretch between Beachy Head and Cuckmere Haven along the coast within the Seven Sisters Country Park.
  • Birling Gap - part way along the Seven Sisters this cliff has steps down to a pebble beach below the cliffs and on the cliffs a tea house and bar.
  • How We Lived Then Museum - 100,000 exhibits on four floors showing how people lived in Eastbourne in the past Victorian era.
  • Carpet Gardens - the centrepiece of the promenade with vibrant displays of bedding plants from around the world and fountains.
  • Herstmonceux Castle - 15th century moated castle set among Elizabethan gardens and parkland just a short distance north of Eastbourne at Herstmonceux.
  • Gildredge Park & Manor Gardens - 15 minutes walk from Eastbourne Station the park is open all year round and the Manor Gardens, with a rose garden with herbaceous borders, are open during daylight hours.
  • Motcombe Gardens - compact garden with pond at the source of the Bourne Stream with sheltered lawns and outdoor bowls club.
  • Italian Gardens - secluded gardens at Holywell which were a former quarry site and now planted with trees providing some shelter. The gardens are used as an outdoor theatre int he summer.
  • Ride 'n' Joy - quadbike hire along the seafront.


Eastbourne Tourist Information Centre
Cornfield Road
BN21 4QA
Phone: 0871 663 0031


Road: Eastbourne is about 17 miles west of Hastings (A259) and 22 miles east of Brighton (A259). It is 70 miles south of London (A22).
Train: Eastbourne Station with links to London.

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