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Eastbourne

From dramatic white cliffs to contemporary art to the Victorian pier, Eastbourne has something for everyone. Learn more and plan the perfect day or weekend getaway.

Outstanding seaside spots like Marine Parade and Holywell Retreat make Eastbourne a great destination for a relaxing getaway – and it’s all just around an hour and 30 minutes away from London Victoria.

It’s not just the idyllic coastline either that sets Eastbourne apart from the rest. There’s also the stunning scenery of the South Downs countryside, where you can gaze up at the famous white cliffs of Beachy Head, among other top sights.

In and around the town centre itself, which is only a 10-minute walk from the station, there’s a huge choice of places to eat and drink, from pubs and tearooms to upmarket bars and restaurants. Find out more about facilities at Eastbourne station.

And you’ll find plenty of traditional seaside fare along the seafront Royal Parade and along the Victorian pier – think fish and chips, deck chairs and arcades.

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Things to do in Eastbourne

Head into the great outdoors

Explore some of the country’s most beautiful scenery with a trip into the South Downs National Park that stretches out from the edge of Eastbourne.

Just 15 minutes outside town by car, you’ll find Beachy Head – stunning white cliffs that soar up for 530 feet above the Channel, providing unmissable views of Eastbourne’s iconic red and white lighthouse.

There’s also the Seven Sisters Country Park, where you can roam in lush greenery, winding river valley and chalk grassland and get active with a spot of canoeing and cycling.

For something more relaxing, there are more than three miles of beautiful beaches to enjoy, with Norman’s Bay and Harbour Reach among the most popular.

Visit the Redoubt Fortress & The Pavilion

There are more than 200 years of history to discover just a few paces from Eastbourne’s busy Royal Parade, with plenty of fun activities to keep the little ones entertained too.

There’s an incredible collection of military artefacts here, with everything from uniforms and medals to weapons, as well as fascinating objects recording local history and archaeology.

Kids can get hands-on with the history and have a go at arts and crafts, dress up in some authentic uniforms and explore the collections with their very own museum trail.

A vintage seaside

Eastbourne’s famous pier is just a 10-minute walk from our station. The Victorian boardwalk and seaside carpet gardens are an ideal place to recharge your batteries.

And if you fancy a swim, jump right in – clean seas and lifeguard patrolled beaches abound.

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Inspiring hikes

Beachy Head – the highest of Britain’s chalk sea cliffs – is just a 20-minute bus ride from the Eastbourne station. Or strike down a different path to see the famous rippling waves of the Seven Sisters cliffs.

Fancy a more inland hike? The South Downs Way can take you the full length of the national park, from Eastbourne all the way to Winchester.

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Quality museums

For a taste of history, just duck in to the 200 year old Redoubt Fortress. There are tunnels to explore, exhibits on the World Wars and a family-friendly, interactive Bronze Age mystery exhibition.

You could also stop by the Towner Art Gallery. The renowned collection spans the ages but its signature focus is on modern British art.

Check for 2FOR1 admission deals on Eastbourne’s museums – see our 2FOR1 offers

Food and drink

You won’t have to miss out on any of the usual seaside treats – there are plenty of options for fish ‘n’ chips, ice cream and cream teas in Victorian tea rooms. Fine fresh seafood and gastro pubs round out the mix.

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Getting to Eastbourne

Leaving from London Victoria? Our direct service will have you to Eastbourne in just under an hour and a half.

Our network also connects Eastbourne with Brighton and Ashford International.

Get some ideas for your trip – head to the Visit Eastbourne website.

Save on top attractions, like the Redoubt Fortress, when you visit Eastbourne by train – see our 2FOR1 offers

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Buying tickets

You can buy tickets online and collect them from the ticket machine before you travel. You can also buy them at the station from a ticket machine or staffed ticket office.