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EastbourneUnited Kingdom

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 as well as a small group of people

Eastbourne City Centre

4/5Very Good!(234 area reviews)

A noteworthy feature of Eastbourne City Centre is its stunning beaches. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out Eastbourne Pier and Eastbourne Beach.

Eastbourne City Centre
Meads, Eastbourne, England, United Kingdom

Meads

4.5/5Wonderful!(22 area reviews)

When in Meads, you can plan a visit to Eastbourne Pier and Beachy Head, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.

Meads

Top hotels in Eastbourne

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Best Western York House Hotel
Best Western York House Hotel
3 out of 5
14-22 Royal Parade, Eastbourne, England
The price is £61 per night

Located in Eastbourne City Centre, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within a 10-minute walk of Eastbourne Beach and Eastbourne Pier. Sovereign ...

4/5Very Good! (337 reviews)

"We had a lovely room, for a reasonable price. Everything was clean. We didn't eat the breakfast as it seemed expensive at £13.50 so ate elsewhere. Fantastic situation just opposite the beach and a short walk into town. the hotel dealt very well with Covid 19 requirements and felt safe and ..."…"

Reviewed on 6 Aug 2020

Best Western York House Hotel
Cavendish Hotel
Cavendish Hotel
3.5 out of 5
38 Grand Parade, East Sussex, Eastbourne, England
The price is £39 per night

Located in Eastbourne City Centre, this beachfront hotel is in the historical district, just steps away from Eastbourne Bandstand and Eastbourne Beach. Eastbourne ...

3.8/5Good! (985 reviews)

"Well it’s okay, it’s an old property, so some refresh would help, but again I don’t expect much :) it’s Eastbourn so most of hotels are like that :)"…"

Reviewed on 3 Aug 2020

Cavendish Hotel
Citrus Hotel Eastbourne by Compass Hospitality
Citrus Hotel Eastbourne by Compass Hospitality
3 out of 5
King Edward's Parade, Eastbourne, England
The price is £48 per night

Located in Eastbourne, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within a 10-minute walk of Congress Theatre, Devonshire Park Lawn Tennis Club and Eastbourne ...

3.8/5Good! (358 reviews)

"Booked this stay very last minute and was very pleased with the Citrus Hotel. Located on the seafront, parking was easily available outside with reception staff happy to help with the permits. Room was clean and well presented. Great value for money - would recommend!"…"

Reviewed on 29 Jun 2020

Citrus Hotel Eastbourne by Compass Hospitality

Popular places to visit in Eastbourne

Eastbourne Pier
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Eastbourne Pier

4/5(270 reviews)

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

Beachy Head
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Beachy Head

4.5/5(211 reviews)

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

Eastbourne Beach
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Eastbourne Beach

4/5(229 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Eastbourne Beach, a popular beach in Eastbourne. Amble around this relaxing area's seaside and enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Sovereign Harbour
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Sovereign Harbour

4/5(1 review)

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)

Explore the great outdoors at Seven Sisters, a popular spot to commune with nature in East Dean and Friston. Wander through the seaside and beautiful beaches in this relaxing area.

Eastbourne Bandstand
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Eastbourne Bandstand

4.5/5(8 reviews)

One of the focal points of the Eastbourne seafront, this 1930s entertainment venue regularly hosts music concerts.

Top things to do in Eastbourne

Phileas Foggs World of Adventures
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Phileas Foggs World of Adventures

£30
Per adult
In-Home Private Chef Experience - 5 Course
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In-Home Private Chef Experience - 5 Course

£73
Per adult
3-Day Amsterdam and Bruges Tour from Brighton
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3-Day Amsterdam and Bruges Tour from Brighton

£195
Per adult
Brighton Essential Private Tour in Spanish
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Brighton Essential Private Tour in Spanish

£168
Per adult
Full Day Cambridge Tour from Brighton
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Full Day Cambridge Tour from Brighton

£45
Per adult
Cycling Tour of Brighton City
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Cycling Tour of Brighton City

£30
Per adult

Reviews of Eastbourne

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 39.54659949622166%
4 - Good
187
4 - Good 47.103274559193956%
3 - Okay
45
3 - Okay 11.335012594458439%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 1.7632241813602014%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.2518891687657431%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

29 Feb 2020

Enjoyed a visit to Eastbourne museum

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

4 Feb 2020

Nice not to have amusement arcades along the front

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

1 Feb 2020

Still quite old fashioned but in a nice way

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

27 Jan 2020

Very pleasing seafront and beach . Good theatres . Good base for exploring . New shopping centre.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

22 Jan 2020

Apparently getting more a 'party town' theme, but still the older population.Nice shops & lovely beach. Unfortunately some homeless problems, as everywhere does now, which for a place with some cheap accommodation is sad. Didn't see many restaurants.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

5 Jan 2020

We enjoyed visiting the Towner gallery with great coffee and cake!

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Photo "Eastbourne's Theatre District" by Simon Carey (CC BY-SA) / Cropped from original

Eastbourne's Theatre District

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