EastbourneUnited Kingdom

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Visit Eastbourne

Old-fashioned Victorian charm and modern culture come together in this buzzing coastal resort. 

Located on England’s rugged southeast coast, Eastbourne exudes an old-world ambiance that can be traced back to its heyday as a Victorian seaside resort. Traditional activities, such as sunbathing, swimming and donkey rides, are balanced by contemporary cultural attractions, including the award-winning Towner Art Gallery and myriad theaters. Stroll along the seafront, build sandcastles on the shore and admire the breathtaking chalk cliffs.

In the mid-19th century, a newly built railway line drove this town’s development as a seaside resort. With the advent of affordable overseas travel in the late 20th century, the resort fell into decline as a tourist destination and instead became a popular retirement spot. See the new iteration of the contemporary Towner Art Gallery that opened in 2009, helping to establish the town as a worthwhile cultural destination.

Explore the seafront for reminders of its past. See Victorian hotels, the 1930s Eastbourne Bandstand and the restored Eastbourne Pier, a well-known Victorian structure that suffered a devastating fire in 2014. Walk along the pier and pause for desserts, sandwiches and hot drinks at the tea room and taste battered fish and salty chips, a British seaside staple.

Head north from the pier along the seafront to reach the Redoubt Fortress and Military Museum, a converted Napoleonic fort. Stop at the quirky Museum of Shops to inspect relics and tokens of the past. Here, four floors of exhibits display retro objects, such as old household items, sports equipment and vintage packaging. For cultural enjoyment, visit the purpose-built Towner Art Gallery and investigate a permanent room dedicated to Sussex watercolorist Eric Ravilious.

The incredible coastal scenery surrounding Eastbourne provides excellent hiking and walking opportunities. Trek along part of the 100-mile (160-kilometer) South Downs Way to see the magnificent ice-white Seven Sisters cliffs and the chalk headland of Beachy Head.

Eastbourne is well connected to other southeast England destinations, while local buses serve the town itself. Ride the train from London or nearby Brighton for a daytrip. Enjoy a trip to the seaside under sunny, blue skies.

Where to stay in Eastbourne

Eastbourne City Centre
Eastbourne as well as a small group of people

Eastbourne City Centre

Known for Sea, Friendly People, Beaches

4.5/5(10 reviews)

Eastbourne City Centre is known for its stunning beaches, and with sights like Eastbourne Pier and Eastbourne Beach, you won't get bored spending a day wandering around this part of Eastbourne Seafront.

Meads
Meads, Eastbourne, England, United Kingdom

Meads

5/5(2 reviews)

While there might not be top attractions in Meads, you can explore the larger area and discover places like Eastbourne Pier and Beachy Head.

Top Hotels in Eastbourne

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The View Hotel
The View Hotel
3 out of 5
Grand Parade, East Sussex, Eastbourne, England
$57
per night
Dec 15 - Dec 16

Located in Eastbourne, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within a 10-minute walk of Eastbourne Beach and Eastbourne Pier. Redoubt Fortress and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (559 reviews)

"Lovely clean and modern hotel. Bar great place to relax and food good. Noise travelled up to my room on the 4th floor from the Christmas parties below and glass being recycled was a repeated sound throughout the evening."…"

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2019

The View Hotel
The Grand Hotel Eastbourne
The Grand Hotel Eastbourne
5 out of 5
King Edwards Parade, Eastbourne, England
$142
per night
Dec 11 - Dec 12

Nestled on the beach, this Eastbourne hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Eastbourne Beach and Eastbourne Pier. Redoubt Fortress and Military Museum and Beachy ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (704 reviews)

"We stayed for a one night break and will definitely be back. We had a wonderful relaxing time."…"

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2019

The Grand Hotel Eastbourne
Best Western Lansdowne Hotel
Best Western Lansdowne Hotel
3 out of 5
King Edwards Parade, Eastbourne, England
$49
per night
Dec 11 - Dec 12

Located in Eastbourne, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district and within a 15-minute walk of Eastbourne Beach and Eastbourne Pier. Redoubt Fortress ...

4.2/5Excellent! (500 reviews)

"Snooker tables were a good feature . Rooms were nice , but hot."…"

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2019

Best Western Lansdowne Hotel

Popular things to do in Eastbourne

Beachy Head
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Beachy Head

4.5/5(19 reviews)

Feel the sea breeze blow and admire the views of this white bluff, the highest chalk sea cliff in the United Kingdom. 

Eastbourne Pier
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Eastbourne Pier

4/5(19 reviews)

Extending out from the seafront, this much-loved pier has shops, cafés, bars and restaurants.

Redoubt Fortress and Military Museum
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Redoubt Fortress and Military Museum

Browse the military-themed exhibits at this fascinating museum, housed in a seemingly impregnable Napoleonic fort.

Eastbourne Beach
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Eastbourne Beach

4.5/5(2 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Eastbourne Beach, a popular beach in Eastbourne. Stroll along the seaside in this family-friendly area, or check out its top-notch restaurants.

Sovereign Harbour
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Sovereign Harbour

Stroll around the harbor-side walkways, admire the gleaming vessels moored at this marina and relax over a meal at a waterfront restaurant.

Seven Sisters
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Seven Sisters

4.5/5(2 reviews)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Seven Sisters during your travels in East Dean and Friston. Stroll along the beautiful beaches in this relaxing area, or check out its top-notch restaurants.

Top activities in Eastbourne

FULL DAY Stonehenge & Bath tour from Brighton
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FULL DAY Stonehenge & Bath tour from Brighton

$71

In the morning we visit one of the most famous prehistoric monuments in the world - a ‘must see’ during any stay in Britain. With more than 5000 years of history, Stonehenge remains one of the world’s great unsolved mysteries.

Secrets of the Lanes - Tour in Brighton
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Secrets of the Lanes - Tour in Brighton

$45

Brighton's Lanes are the city's prettiest and most historic quarter. Narrow streets of 18th century fishermen's cottages contrast with the modern buzz of colourful independent shops and cafes.

SEA LIFE Brighton
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SEA LIFE Brighton

$16

Dive in to an amazing journey through the original Victorian architecture of the oldest operating aquarium in the world! Look out for the dazzling scales, crazy colours, and fantastic fins of our 3,500 mesmerising creatures and get closer to them than ever before.

Brighton Essential Private Tour in Spanish
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Brighton Essential Private Tour in Spanish

$36

Brighton is a coastal city in England, also known as London-by-the-sea. It is a vibrant and colourful city, full of energy and fun. Discover why it’s been chosen by two monarchs and eight million tourists every year, making it one of the top ten most touristic and culturally diverse English cities and place for leisure.

Brighton / Arundel Castle & Petworth House for 1-4 traveller
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Brighton / Arundel Castle & Petworth House for 1-4 traveller

$588

this is a very unique opportunity to visit 3 places in one day. first brighton beach where you will have a lot of fun in the beach make sure to get swimming costumes. then off to Arundel Castle is a restored and remodelled medieval castle in Arundel, West Sussex, England.

Brighton-Arundel and Petworth Executive Vehicle Private Tour for 4-5 person
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Brighton-Arundel and Petworth Executive Vehicle Private Tour for 4-5 person

$146

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Brighton Beach, Brighton England There are plenty of things to do when you visit Brighton. They include visits to the Royal Pavilion, the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, the Brighton Toy and Model Museum, Brighton Pier, Kemp Town and, not to forget, the Duke of York Cinema.

Reviews of Eastbourne

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 2, 2019

An interesting, lively town with lots of things to do and see.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 13, 2019

An excellent area for shopping and entertainment. It is also known as “the sun trap of the South” which is a bonus.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 10, 2019

Always liked Eastbourne

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 7, 2019

Very quiet in the winter months but I’m sure it would be lovely in summer. Seven Sisters and Birling Gap were stunning.