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.
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.