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Eastbourne
Travel Guide

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

Top Hotels in Eastbourne

The Pier Hotel
The Pier Hotel
3.5 out of 5
4 Grand Parade, Eastbourne, England
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Located in Eastbourne City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Eastbourne Pier and Eastbourne Beach. Sovereign Harbour and Beachy Head are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (72 reviews)

"Person on floor above was very noisy. Thin floors/ceilings. Everything else fine. Nice location, easy to fine. Lovely staff. Common Sense approach to Covid-19 restrictions so barely noticed them."…"

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2020

The Pier Hotel
The Grand Hotel Eastbourne
The Grand Hotel Eastbourne
5 out of 5
King Edwards Parade, Eastbourne, England
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Nestled on the beach, this Eastbourne hotel is just steps from Western Lawns and Eastbourne Beach. Eastbourne Pier and Beachy Head are also within 3 mi (5 km). ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (787 reviews)

"Luxury stay. Wonderful, attentive, friendly staff. Food and service in the restaurant and lounge excellent. Mirabelle restaurant superb - decor: ambience: service: food. Looking forward to our next visit already."…"

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2020

The Grand Hotel Eastbourne
The View Hotel
The View Hotel
3 out of 5
Grand Parade, East Sussex, Eastbourne, England
The price is ¥9,814 per night from Mar 17 to Mar 18

Located in Eastbourne, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within a 10-minute walk of Eastbourne Beach and Eastbourne Pier. Beachy Head is 2.6 mi ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (700 reviews)
Bliss by the Sea

"I stayed at The View partly for a long weekend and partly to escape my flats for some of the recent half-term. I actually stayed in one other hotel for the Saturday night because The View had no availability for the Saturday. I am so glad that I spent the majority of my stay at The View. All of the ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2020

The View Hotel
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Vacation Rentals in Eastbourne

Wendy House
Wendy House
3.5 out of 5
6 The Courtyard, Wharf Road, Eastbourne, England

Located in Eastbourne City Centre, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Eastbourne Town Hall and Eastbourne Pier. Eastbourne Beach and Beachy Head ...

Wendy House
Skylight Apartment
Skylight Apartment
3.5 out of 5
Skylight Apartment, Eastbourne, England

Located in Meads, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Western Lawns and Eastbourne Beach. Eastbourne Pier and Beachy Head are also within 3 ...

Skylight Apartment
Beautiful 5-bedroom home on the waters edge of Sovereign Harbour
Beautiful 5-bedroom home on the waters edge of Sovereign Harbour
Eastbourne, ENG

Situated on the waterfront, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Eastbourne Harbour and Eastbourne Beach. Sovereign Harbour and Eastbourne Pier are ...

Beautiful 5-bedroom home on the waters edge of Sovereign Harbour
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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Reviews of Eastbourne

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Nov 2, 2019

An interesting, lively town with lots of things to do and see.

5/5 - Excellent

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Sep 13, 2019

An excellent area for shopping and entertainment. It is also known as “the sun trap of the South” which is a bonus.

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May 10, 2019

Always liked Eastbourne

4/5 - Good

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Jan 7, 2019

Very quiet in the winter months but I’m sure it would be lovely in summer. Seven Sisters and Birling Gap were stunning.

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