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Beachy Head

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

Beachy Head, a slice of windswept chalk headland overlooking the English Channel, is one of the most striking spots in southeast England. Rising to heights of about 530 feet (160 meters) above sea level, these cliffs provide dramatic views of the rugged coastline. Trek along clifftop paths, enjoy the spectacular coastal scenery and look for birds nesting on the cliffs.

Beachy Head takes its name not from the English word beach, but from the French “beauchef” meaning “beautiful headland.” This area was a major landmark for sailors, though the rocky seas caused many ships to run aground. Look down toward the foot of the cliffs to see Beachy Head lighthouse, which was used to warn ships away from the treacherous rocks.

As you approach, note the distinctive contrast between the deep green grass that grows on top of the cliff and the bright white color of the sheer rock face. On a clear day, the views from here extend far up and down the coastline and out across the English Channel.

Follow the path west along the coast toward Birling Gap for access to a secluded and scenic beach. Along the way, try to spot interesting flowers, including forget-me-nots, orchids and buttercups, as well as birds, such as collared doves, peregrine falcons and the rare hoopoe. Other trails lead east from Beachy Head.

Return to Beachy Head and reward yourself with a drink at the charming Beachy Head Pub. Enjoy a meal and a beer in the pub garden overlooking the cliffs. Plan your visit for October to participate in the grueling Beachy Head Marathon or watch runners conquer the off-road challenge.

Beachy Head is located between Eastbourne and Newhaven. Access to this beautiful spot is free and parking is available for a fee. If you haven’t rented a car, get here using bus services from Eastbourne.


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Congress Apartments

Congress Apartments

31-41 Carlisle Road, Eastbourne
4.2
of 5, from 106 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Eastbourne Seafront, this apartment is within a 15-minute walk of Congress Theatre and Eastbourne Pier. Redoubt Fortress and Military Museum and Beachy Head are also within 3 mi (5 km).

£35
Cavendish Hotel

Cavendish Hotel

38 Grand Parade, Eastbourne
4.2
of 5, from 290 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Offering direct access to the beach, this Eastbourne Seafront hotel is in the historical district and within a 10-minute walk of Eastbourne Bandstand and Eastbourne Pier. Redoubt Fortress and Military Museum and Beachy Head are also within 3 mi (5 km).

£125
The Grand Hotel Eastbourne

The Grand Hotel Eastbourne

King Edwards Parade, Eastbourne
4.4
of 5, from 153 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Known as the "White Palace," the historic Grand Hotel Eastbourne is within a mile of Eastbourne Pier, 4 miles from Beachy Head, and 10 miles from Drusillas Zoo Park. Brighton is 40 minutes away. The train station is located nearby.

£82
Hydro Hotel

Hydro Hotel

Mount Road, Eastbourne
4.3
of 5, from 25 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Eastbourne Seafront, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Congress Theatre and Eastbourne Pier. Redoubt Fortress and Military Museum and Beachy Head are also within 3 mi (5 km).

£67
Waterside Boutique Hotel

Waterside Boutique Hotel

11-12 Royal Parade, Eastbourne
3.7
of 5, from 16 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Eastbourne Seafront, this beach hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Redoubt Fortress and Military Museum and Eastbourne Pier. Treasure Island and Eastbourne Bandstand are also within 15 minutes.

£70
The Cherry Tree Guest House

The Cherry Tree Guest House

15 Silverdale Road, Eastbourne
5.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Eastbourne Seafront, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Congress Theatre and Eastbourne Pier. Redoubt Fortress and Military Museum and Beachy Head are also within 3 mi (5 km).

£115
Flat 3, Falcondale House 5 South Cliff

Flat 3, Falcondale House 5 South Cliff

5 South Cliff, Eastbourne
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Eastbourne Seafront, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Congress Theatre, Devonshire Park Lawn Tennis Club, and Eastbourne Bandstand. Eastbourne Town Hall and Eastbourne Pier are also within 15 minutes.

£45
Best Western Lansdowne Hotel

Best Western Lansdowne Hotel

King Edwards Parade, Eastbourne
4.1
of 5, from 68 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Eastbourne Seafront, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district and within a 15-minute walk of Congress Theatre and Eastbourne Pier. Redoubt Fortress and Military Museum and Beachy Head are also within 3 mi (5 km).