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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

Best Western York House Hotel
Best Western York House Hotel
3 out of 5
14-22 Royal Parade, Eastbourne, England
The price is ¥11,586 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 4
Located in Eastbourne City Centre, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within a 10-minute walk of Eastbourne Beach and Eastbourne Pier. Sovereign ...
4/5Very Good! (409 reviews)
"The location is great."

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2021

Best Western York House Hotel
The View Hotel
The View Hotel
3 out of 5
Grand Parade, East Sussex, Eastbourne, England
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥12,620 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
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! (709 reviews)
"All round excellent service as always . Have been using this hotel for about 10yrs and it just gets better ! See you again soon . Chris care"

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2021

The View Hotel
The Grand Hotel Eastbourne
The Grand Hotel Eastbourne
5 out of 5
King Edwards Parade, Eastbourne, England
The price is ¥32,606 per night from Jul 8 to Jul 8
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! (792 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
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Q Square by Supercity Aparthotels
Q Square by Supercity Aparthotels
4 out of 5
11 Queen Square, Brighton, England
The price is ¥18,114 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
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 ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (35 reviews)
"Lovely hotel , rooms were spotless. Couldn’t fault the hotel or location. Would definitely recommend and would stay there again"

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2021

Q Square by Supercity Aparthotels
Brunswick Road Studios
Brunswick Road Studios
4 out of 5
4 Brunswick Road, Hove, England
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Peace Statue and Brighton Beach. Brighton Centre and British Airways i360 are also ...
Brunswick Road Studios
Isabella Penthouse 15th Floor, Seafront
Isabella Penthouse 15th Floor, Seafront
5 out of 5
15d Bedford Tower, Brighton, England
Nestled on the beach, this Brighton City Centre apartment building is steps from Regency Square, Brighton Beach, and British Airways i360. Brighton Centre and ...
Isabella Penthouse 15th Floor, Seafront
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