Perfect for those wanting to experience a classic English seaside holiday with an edge of sophistication, this elegant south coast resort has been a hugely popular destination since the Victorian era. There is something for everyone; today’s visitors can admire beautiful 19th century architecture, relax on the beach, enjoy a game of crazy golf or browse the shops for antiques. Culture lovers will treasure the experience of the regular summer evening concerts at Eastbourne’s stunning bandstand.

In addition to the sights and activities in the town itself, Eastbourne is ideally located as a base for exploring the East Sussex coastline – including the nearby setting of the Battle of Hastings - and the beautiful South Downs. This is one of the most beautifully conserved areas of open country in England, providing walkers with miles of gently undulating green hillside, begging to be explored. Popular day-trip destinations in the area include castles, vineyards and cider farms.


Eastbourne’s attractive beaches are made accessible by five miles of promenade, perfect for leisurely walks with fantastic sea views. The beach, patrolled in summer for safe family bathing, provides the focal point for the bustling, historic town centre. The Grand Parade leads you past the striking 1930s bandstand, distinguished by its striking blue dome, and pretty beach huts (available for hire – contact Eastbourne Borough Council on 01323 641984) to the Wish Tower, a charmingly named Martello Tower, built circa 1808. This area of the town has provided inspiration for numerous painters and photographers.

A short walk away through the landscaped parklands of the Carpet Gardens, the beautifully restored Victorian pier will keep the whole family busy with its beautiful views and classic amusements. Attractions include a unique Victorian 'camera obscura' projector show.

Other activities in the town include crazy golf and go-karting, whilst there are several fascinating museums with information about local history. Thrill seekers can have a go at sailing, windsurfing or even paragliding off the cliffs.

A short drive or bus ride along the coast to the west is the world famous Beachy Head, where 530 feet of dazzlingly white chalk cliff-face – the highest in England - plunges to meet the impossibly blue sea below, creating a truly stunning scene.


Whilst most common high street shops can be found in Eastbourne’s bustling town centre, it is the speciality arts and crafts that really capture the imagination. Art lovers will jump at the chance to spend hours exploring the antique shops in the Little Chelsea area. Don’t miss the unusual and sophisticated Enterprise Centre, a collection of small, unique shops housed in a distinctive Victorian building, crowned with a stunning glass roof.

Nightlife and Eating Out

Of course, the British seaside staple, fish and chips, is well represented here – delicious aromas emanate from the many quaint fish shops by the seafront. However, Eastbourne also provides many more formal dining options, including the opportunity to eat and drink in beautiful 19th century thatched pubs and landscaped beer gardens. Cream teas, homemade ice creams and local wines and ciders are all essential holiday flavours.

Party lovers will be thrilled to return to the pier after dark to dance the night away at the buzzing Atlantis nightclub.

Tourist Information

Tourist Office68 Grove RoadEastbourneEast Sussex BN21 4UHwww.visiteastbourne.com


Frequent, efficient trains run between Eastbourne and London, just an hour and a half away. Gatwick Airport is less than an hour away by car or train.

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