Eastbourne Pier from the beach

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Welcome to Eastbourne

Enjoy this traditional seaside town on the south east coast.

There's plenty to do on a short break in the resort town of Eastbourne. From exploring the nearby South Downs countryside to indulging in the area's colourful art scene and taking in one of the museums or galleries, you'll find something to suit you in Eastbourne.

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Things to do in Eastbourne

Five free things to do in Eastbourne

Beachy Head

Beachy Head, the UK's largest chalk sea cliff, has been wowing visitors for many years now. Located at the western end of the seafront, no trip to Eastbourne would be complete without venturing over this this imposing landmark.

South Downs National Park

The South Downs National Park is acclaimed as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and is perfect for ramblers or cyclists. Countryside views are juxtaposed with stunning vistas of the English Channel.

Seven Sisters Country Park

The Seven Sisters Country Park is so called because in ancient times, rivers cut into the chalk cliffs creating seven peaks, or brows. The area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and will be preserved for years to come.

Long Man of Wilmington

Towering over the nearby village of Wilmington, this faceless outline of a man carved into the chalk stands at a massive 235ft high. His age is unknown, and remains a hot topic among locals.

Eastbourne Pier

One of the most popular attractions in the UK, this Victorian boardwalk is perfect for stretching legs after a few hours relaxation on the beach, offering fantastic views of the surrounding area too.

The traditional seaside town of Eastbourne

This popular traditional seaside resort on the south coast lies at the eastern end of the South Downs range of chalk cliffs and hills including Beachy Head, the highest chalk cliff in southern England. For anyone looking to experience the archetypal British seaside holiday, Eastbourne's largely underdeveloped seafront offers a great snapshot of times gone by.

The town's golden beaches were made for buckets and spades, deckchairs and fish and chips, and fans of watersports will no doubt be thrilled by the array of activities on offer. Eastbourne and the surrounding area of East Sussex are also famed for its abundance of parks and forests.

Fort slip in a park

Fort Fun

Enjoy the thrill of the outdoor rides, or visit Rocky's Adventure Land, a huge indoor soft play area.  Take your swimming costumes for the water slides and the other wet areas. Visit the Fort

Herstmonceux Castle in Eastbourne

Herstmonceux Castle in Eastbourne

12 miles Explore the history of Medieval England with this magnificent moated castle and superb Elizabethan gardens. Visit the website  

Towner Art Gallery

Towner Art Gallery

Catch up with the contemporary art scene for free - this gallery has three floors of exhibitions, collections and interesting events. Look out for creative workshops and cutting-edge performers.

Walking and Rambling in Eastbourne

Walking and Rambling in Eastbourne

YHA Eastbourne is at the foot of the iconic Beachy Head, just 400 metres from the start of the South Downs Way, an ancient ‘Right of Way’, in the newly created South Downs National Park.   &nbs

Watersports in Eastbourne

Watersports in Eastbourne

If you want to have a go at watersports rather than just watching from the shore, the watersports centre on the seafront offers courses in sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, body-boarding and power boati