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Eastbourne

Travel Guide
Eastbourne featuring general coastal views

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

Cavendish Hotel
Cavendish Hotel
3.5 out of 5
38 Grand Parade, East Sussex, Eastbourne, England
The price is £49 per night from 25 Jul to 25 Jul
Located in Eastbourne City Centre, this beachfront hotel is in the historical district, just steps away from Eastbourne Bandstand and Eastbourne Beach. Eastbourne ...
3.7/5Good! (973 reviews)
"At the cavendish you get some amazing views, but what let’s it down is 2 things, parking is limited! If you pay for parking and move your car and the space is gone when you get back, well then you have lost your money! This was a Problem as I came with 3 disabled family members! Overall cleanliness ..."

Reviewed on 13 Jun 2021

Cavendish Hotel
The View Hotel
The View Hotel
3 out of 5
Grand Parade, East Sussex, Eastbourne, England
The price is £103 per night from 25 Jul to 25 Jul
Located in Eastbourne, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within a 10-minute walk of Eastbourne Beach and Eastbourne Pier. Beachy Head is 2.6 mi ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (717 reviews)
"Air conditioning"

Reviewed on 22 Jul 2021

The View Hotel
The Majestic Hotel
The Majestic Hotel
3.5 out of 5
26-34 ROYAL PARADE, Eastbourne, England
The price is £58 per night from 8 Aug to 8 Aug
Located in Eastbourne City Centre, this beach hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Eastbourne Beach and Eastbourne Pier. Sovereign Harbour is 2.3 mi (3.6 km) ...
2.8/5 (30 reviews)
"Very old traditional style of building along sea front. Great location to beach front and pier and shops. good bar and seating areas. Great Breakfast and very friendly helpful staff. Rooms very modern and clean. loved the colours grey purple and green. would definitely stay there again. I was recommended ..."

Reviewed on 23 Jun 2021

The Majestic Hotel
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Q Square by Supercity Aparthotels
Q Square by Supercity Aparthotels
4 out of 5
The price is £135 per night from 1 Aug to 1 Aug
Located in Brighton City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of West Street, Brighton Beach and Brighton Centre. Brighton Theatre Royal and Brighton ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (42 reviews)
"Excellent location, modern clean interior and room was equipped well."

Reviewed on 12 Jul 2021

Q Square by Supercity Aparthotels
The Boardwalk Apartments
The Boardwalk Apartments
4 out of 5
The Boardwalk, Brighton, England
The price is £280 per night from 28 Jul to 28 Jul
Located in Seafront, this beach apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Brighton Marina and Brighton Beach. Brighton Pier and Brighton Royal Pavilion are ...
4.3/5Excellent! (91 reviews)
Weekend in Brighton
"Really clean and nice flat. Check in was easy, parking underground, all good"

Reviewed on 28 May 2021

The Boardwalk Apartments
Roomspace Apartments -The Legacy
Roomspace Apartments -The Legacy
4 out of 5
86a Denmark Villas, Hove, England
Situated in Hove, this apartment building is within 2 miles (3 km) of St. Mary and St. Abraam Coptic Orthodox Church, Brighton Beach and Brighton Centre. Preston ...
4.2/5Very Good! (6 reviews)
A great accommodation
"A great spacious apartment,nice style and colors equipped will all what we need. Will come back again."

Reviewed on 17 Sep 2019

Roomspace Apartments -The Legacy
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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