Eastbourne is an elegant seaside resort with a three mile seafront, a pier and a bandstand. It has a wide variety of hotels, guesthouses and other accomodation.
Eastbourne makes a good base for exploring East Sussex. Buses run over the South Downs to Seaford and Newhaven. Trains head east to Pevensey & Westham, Bexhill, Hastings and Rye; a change of train at St Leonards Warrior Square will take you to Battle (site of the 1066 Battle of Hastings). Trains head west to Berwick (for the picturesque village of Alfriston), Glynde, Lewes and Brighton. You can also visit the West Sussex gardens of Nymans, Wakehurst Place and Sheffield Park, also the Bluebell Railway, by train to Haywards Heath and then a bus.
TI Cornfield Road. Tel. 0871 663 0031.
A fine example of Victorian architecture housing maps, pictures and artefacts illustrating
the development of Eastbourne from small villages to the 'Empress of Watering Places'.
Open May-Sep, MTThFS 1400-1700.
A modern gallery presenting major exhibitions of UK and international contemporary art.
Large collection of modern British art. Café bar. Tel. 01323 434670.
Open TWThFSSu & BH 1000-1700.
The history of Eastbourne's Lifeboats from 1853 onwards in the old lifeboat house.
Collection of lifeboat models. Tel. 01323 730717.
Open Apr-Oct, Daily 1000-1700. Nov-Mar, SSu 1000-1600.
The Napoleonic Redoubt Fortress houses a military museum which covers 300 years of
conflict on land, sea and in the air. Events and exhibitions programme.
Tel. 01323 410300.
Open Apr-Oct, Daily 1000-1700.
A country park named after the famous Seven Sisters chalk cliffs of the South Downs.
Walks beside the meanders of the River Cuckmere to the coast.
The visitor centre in an 18th century barn has information and displays on the Park.
Tel. 01323 844224.
Open Visitor Centre Apr-Sep, Daily 1030-1630; Oct-Mar, please see website. Park open at all times.
Bus 12/12A/12X from Pier and Terminus Road (near station) to entrance, 20 minutes journey, M-S 6 per hour, Sun & BH: 4 per hour. Operated by Brighton & Hove. Buses also operate from Berwick and Seaford.
The history and ecology of Beachy Head and Eastbourne Downland.
Tel. 01323 737273.
Open Apr-Oct, Daily 1000-1600. Nov-Mar, SSu 1100-1500.
Bus 13X from Pier and Terminus Road (near station) to entrance, 10-17 minutes journey, Sun & BH (Daily in summer) hourly. Operated by Brighton & Hove.