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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.

Top Hotels in Eastbourne

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Congress ApartHotel
Congress ApartHotel
3.5 out of 5
31 Carlisle Road, Eastbourne, England
The price is CA $114 per night

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Congress Theatre and Eastbourne Beach. Eastbourne Pier and Beachy Head are also within 3 miles ...

3.7/5Good! (292 reviews)
Great base for working in area- good staff/service

"good base for us - working in area. Larger room was brilliant - needed extra wardrobe space - kitchen was well equipped if needed- reception was helpful. Our only concern was parking down the road but car was fine for all the time there and for the Friday night the alarms went off several times from ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 25, 2020

Congress ApartHotel
The Langham Hotel
The Langham Hotel
4 out of 5
43-49 Royal Parade, Eastbourne, England
The price is CA $164 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. Redoubt Fortress ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (447 reviews)
Great hotel

"Note that carparking is an extra cost £8 per night.and is at the TA centre 300yds from the hotel. Someone has to come down with you to unlock and then lock the gates. If you get in early you can book one of the 8 places behind the hotel. But the food is worth this inconvenience."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 3, 2020

The Langham Hotel
The Palm Court Hotel
The Palm Court Hotel
3 out of 5
15 Burlington Place, East Sussex, Eastbourne, England

Located in Eastbourne City Centre, this beach hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Eastbourne Bandstand and Eastbourne Beach. Eastbourne Pier and Beachy Head are ...

3.8/5Good! (31 reviews)

"Good position. Continental breakfast was fine . Room adequate . Shame about the bathroom door scraping on the floor ."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 15, 2020

The Palm Court Hotel

Popular places to visit in Eastbourne

Eastbourne Pier
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Eastbourne Pier

4/5(14 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(15 reviews)

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

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.

Eastbourne Bandstand
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Eastbourne Bandstand

4/5(1 review)

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

Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway Adventure Park
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Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway Adventure Park

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.

Redoubt Fortress and Military Museum
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Redoubt Fortress and Military Museum

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

Top things to do in Eastbourne

SEA LIFE Brighton
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SEA LIFE Brighton

CA $25
Per adult
Full Day Bath and Stonehenge Tour from Brighton
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Full Day Bath and Stonehenge Tour from Brighton

CA $94
Per adult
4-Day Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands from Brighton
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4-Day Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands from Brighton

CA $417
Per adult
3-Day Paris and Versailles Tour from Eastbourne
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3-Day Paris and Versailles Tour from Eastbourne

CA $332
Per adult
Walking food tour Brighton: Meet the locals
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Walking food tour Brighton: Meet the locals

CA $128
Per adult
Full Day Oxford, Windsor & Eton Tour from Brighton
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Full Day Oxford, Windsor & Eton Tour from Brighton

CA $77
Per adult

Reviews of Eastbourne

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Romeo

Nov 8, 2019

Quaint little town. Would be a great summer destination.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 11, 2019

Wonderful seafront.

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

Eastbourne's Theatre District