Eastbourne is a stylish and elegant Victorian resort, featuring eight miles of coastline sheltered by national beauty spot downland – a great setting to enjoy a fantastic variety of activities, pursuits and top class events. The classic parade of Victorian hotels overlooks exquisite floral displays along the seafront.” From Eastbourne Borough Council Tourist Brochure
100 000 approx. To read about the population of Eastbourne, its languages, religion, ethnicity and employment statistics go here.
Award winning, safe and clean beaches stretching from Holywell in the west, past the pier and on to Sovereign Harbour in the east.
Spanning the entire 5 mile length of the seafront. The promenade has three tiers in places.
Marina development to the east of the centre offering shops, restaurants, cinema and mooring facilities. Go here to see their website.
Built around 1866. Severely damaged by fire in July 2014. With a nightclub, pub, amusement arcade, shops and speedboat rides, the pier offers a multitude of options. The website is here.
All the high street stores you expect in a naturally lit, newly rebuild, refurbished shopping complex in the centre of town.
Local businesses and smaller specialist shops in this attractively converted railway depot. Right next to the railway station on Terminus Road.
Two trains every hour to London Victoria, Brighton and Hastings. For further travel information go here.
Stunning views from these world-famous white chalk cliffs to the lighthouse below, built in 1902. The Allchorn company run boat trips to the lighthouse from near the pier. For more information click here. For photos click here.
The Seven Sisters, Birling Gap, the Cuckmere Valley and beyond. It all begins in Eastbourne. Beautiful countryside and exhilarating walks, through local villages like Jevington and on to Alfriston and Seaford.
Four major theatres, The Congress, Devonshire Park, Winter Garden and Royal Hippodrome are all within walking distance of the town centre. For more information click here.
In June every year the top female tennis players in the world meet at Devonshire Park in Eastbourne for the pre-Wimbledon tournament.
Airbourne Air Show
Billed as the biggest free show in the south. RAF, fast jets and historic planes every year at the end of August on the seafront, promenade and Western Lawns opposite the Grand Hotel. For more information click here.
The flagship of Eastbourne’s seafront gardens, capturing the elegance of Victorian bedding and floral sculpture.
Fun train rides for all the family, taking you from one end of the seafront to the other.
Regular performances throughout the summer by a variety of musicians and bands at this 1930s building. It’s on the promenade between the pier and Wish Tower slope.
Built in 1806 it was originally part of the Napoleonic coastal defenses. Now a military museum housing objects covering 300 years of conflict. Head east of the pier.
Coastal look out and landmark during Napoleon’s reign. Built in 1804 it now houses a small museum.
The original town of Eastbourne with the source of the River Bourne in Motcombe Park, The Lamb, one of the oldest pubs in the country, the 12 century St. Mary’s Church and Gildredge Park. Head for The Goffs. See photos here.
At the foot of Beachy Head to the west of the centre is the pleasant, quiet Meads Village. Stop for tea and stroll round the small shops.
Eastbourne has four golf clubs. Royal Eastbourne Golf club, Eastbourne Downs Golf Club, Willingdon Golf Club and Eastbourne Golfing Park.
There are plenty of hotels to choose from catering for all budgets, from the luxury of the Grand Hotel to Travelodge and Premier Inn. Go here to see the list.
There are numerous restaurants catering for all tastes, from English home cooking to Italian, Indian, US, Chinese and Szechuan cuisine. Go here to see a list.
Pubs and Clubs
Plenty to choose from. TJ’s, Atlantis and Cameo are the main clubs. Click here for more information
International Language Schools
Thousands of foreign students come to Eastbourne every year to learn or improve their English.