Eastbourne is a thriving seaside resort in the shadow of Beachy Head, giving a warm climate and record sunshine hours essential for any visit. Eastbourne in East Sussex is a great family resort for a more traditional seaside experience. The town has a good shopping area with the railway station quite central, and the seafront within easy walking distance from the town. There is lots to do for a day or more in Eastbourne but we’ll take a look at the most popular things to do in Eastbourne.
Beachy Head – one of the many things to do in Eastbourne
Dominating the seafront is Beachy Head to the West of the town with its 530 ft white chalk cliffs and lighthouse below. The views from the top of Beachy Head are stunning, looking over the beautiful Sussex countryside inland, Kent to the East and even the Isle of Wight on a very clear day to the West. There is a visitor center, a bar and public toilets all in the area. Observant visitors may notice a Samaritans telephone, as Beachy Head is also known as one of the world’s most notorious suicide spots, but don’t let this put you off.
In the summer there are regular open top buses to the peak of Beachy Head and by car it’s only about 10 minutes from the town center.
Redoubt Fortress & Military Museum
Along the seafront (about 15 minutes walk East of the pier) you’ll eventually come to the Redoubt Fortress which has stood for over 200 years defending this stretch of coast. The fortress was used up to the beginning of last century and again during the Second World War, the museum now houses some impressive collections of uniforms, weapons, drums, and medals from various times in military history.
The Museum features different displays throughout the year and full details can be found on their web site. The cost of admission is £4 for adults and £2 for children.
No visit to a seaside resort is complete without a walk on the pier. Eastbourne Pier is one of the grandest and traditional of Victorian piers. Work started on the pier in 1866 and it opened in 1870 only to lose part of it seven years later in a storm. Today the pier hosts all the normal food and tourist kiosks you would expect in a seaside resort, but also has a viewing point or Camera Obscura which gives great views over the seafront and pier. The Obscura is not open all year, so please check on their website for opening details. There is a £5 charge into the Camera Obscura but the actual pier is free all year round.
Boat trip to Beachy Head
For the more adventurous, there are regular boat trips from the main beach area out to Beachy Head lighthouse. The boat trip takes about half an hour each way and gives outstanding views of Beachy Head lighthouse and the white cliffs from sea level. The sea can get quite choppy around this area, so make sure you have a waterproof jacket. These boat trips are normally operational during the main summer holiday season and are very regular during the daytime.
Eastbourne is a great place to visit for a day or longer. With its sheltered seafront and above average sunshine hours, it’s difficult not to enjoy all the attractions in Eastbourne.