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Eastbourne

Known for Café, Sea and Friendly People

Old-fashioned Victorian charm and modern culture come together in this buzzing coastal resort. 

How do you get to Eastbourne?

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.

Things to do in Eastbourne

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

Stroll around the harbor-side walkways, admire the gleaming vessels moored at this marina and relax over a meal at a waterfront restaurant.

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

Ride miniature trains, bring the kids to the adventure play area and have a picnic near a picturesque lake at this family-friendly country park.

Browse the military-themed exhibits at this fascinating museum, housed in a seemingly impregnable Napoleonic fort.

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Explore this popular English seaside resort on an iconic City Sightseeing Brighton bus tour! This vibrant city is home to numerous attractions, including the famous Brighton Pier, Pebble Beach, Brighton Marina, Royal Crescent and many more.

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What is the Phileas Fogg Experience; You may have heard of Phileas Fogg, the legendary Victorian explorer and inventor. An eccentric chap to say the least, having dismissed his former valet for bringing him shaving water at 84F instead of 86F.

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A walking tour of Brighton by a professional guide. Discover the real spirit of Brighton in a lively, funny and informative quest to uncover what makes this city unique and…er…a little bit weird.

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In the morning we visit one of the most famous prehistoric monuments in the world - a ‘must see’ during any stay in Britain. With more than 5000 years of history, Stonehenge remains one of the world’s great unsolved mysteries.

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Dive in to an amazing journey through the original Victorian architecture of the oldest operating aquarium in the world! Look out for the dazzling scales, crazy colours, and fantastic fins of our 3,500 mesmerising creatures and get closer to them than ever before.

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Discover one of the World's greatest cities…. We start our day with a comfortable express train journey to London. On arrival at London Victoria we'll have time to use the free toilets, and if we're staying the night deposit our luggage at the left luggage storage facility.