Eastbourne Beaches

Eastbourne Beach, East Sussex, England
Eastbourne beach, East Sussex © www.visiteastbourne.com

Eastbourne is located in East Sussex on the south coast of England and has long been synonymous with the seaside and great British holidays by the sea. Eastbourne's beaches are among the most popular and best visited seaside areas in southern England. Famous for its pebble beaches, seafront and Eastbourne Pier. The beach has an excellent rating by the Marine Conservation Society making it an ideal place to go for the whole family.

Eastbourne is home to a number of beaches which along with its seafront, pier and seaside amusements and attractions offer a range of things for the whole family to enjoy. The beaches are popular with families, sun bathers, water sports and outdoor activities enthusiasts.

Quick Facts

Eastbourne beaches:

Region: South East England

County: East Sussex

Main Settlements close by: Hastings, Lewes and the city of Brighton & Hove.


Eastbourne's beaches are located on England's south coast, the location makes them a convenient and popular destination for those living in London and the surrounding areas when looking for a trip to the beach. Eastbourne is home to a number of beaches these include Eastbourne beach, Eastbourne East of Pier beach and Eastbourne Western Parade beach.

Eastbourne beach is centrally located and probably the best known of the beaches here. Visitors can enjoy themselves at the main grand parade beach that features a safe bathing zone lifeguards, bathing cabins available for rent, refreshments and toilets and showers. There is plenty to see, do and enjoy on the main resort beach in Eastbourne for the whole family, the clean bathing water is ideal for swimming and water sports.

Eastbourne East of Pier beach is located a short distance to the east of the main Eastbourne Grand Parade beach. The beach has a lower profile amongst visitors benefiting from being less crowded with a laid back atmosphere. There are sailing facilities along with a number of cafes on the sea front offering a choice of food and drinks. The beach is ideal for those wanting to enjoy a beach break away from the crowds.

Eastbourne Western Parade beach is located a short distance to the west of the main Eastbourne Grand Parade beach. The beach is a popular one, that is mainly shingle and includes some sandy patches along with rocky pools that become visible at low to mid tide. Like the east of pier beach, the western parade beach has a lower profile amongst visitors offering a quieter and more relaxed beach experience away from the crowds. There are local cafes, eateries and restaurants offering a choice of food and drink options other facilities include toilets and showers.

Eastbourne includes a number of local attractions including Eastbourne Lifeboat Museum & Shop, Treasure Island Outdoor Theme Park and Redoubt Fortress. The seafront is one of the best known in England and includes a number of traditional seaside amusements, seafront cafes and restaurants, Eastbourne Pier is one of the best known Victorian Piers.

The Eastbourne Bandstand hosts in excess of 100 concerts each year, including traditional, proms, fireworks and kids concerts. Other local attractions include the Redoubt Fortress, Eastbourne Lifeboat Museum & Shop and Treasure Island Outdoor Theme Park.

Local attractions in Eastbourne include Beachy Head cliff, the highest chalk sea cliff in the UK, located at the western end of the seafront in Eastbourne. Visitors can explore the Beachy Head Countryside Centre, the Lighthouse and Beachy Head Pub whilst enjoying some wonderful scenic views. Visitors can enjoy a boat trip to the Beachy Head Light House. The area is popular for television and films drawn to the beautiful natural scenery of the area.


Located in the scenic southern English coast; Eastbourne beaches is easily assessable from across southern Wales, the Midlands and southern England. From London and much of southern England it is 2 hours to 2 hours 20 minutes drive by car. From Newcastle, Durham and much of north east England the area is 6 hours to 7 hours by car, from Leeds it is 4 hours 30 minutes to 5 hours by car, from Birmingham and much of the Midlands it is 3 hours 30 minutes to 4 hours 30 minutes. From Liverpool and Manchester it is approx 5 hours to 5 hours 30 minutes.

From Cambridge and much of the East of England it is 2 hours 15 minutes to 3 hours by car. From Cardiff and areas within South Wales it is 3 hours 30 minutes to 4 hours by car.

Tourist Information

The Tourist Information Centre in Eastbourne is located at Cornfield Road in the town centre. The Tourist Information Centre provide visitors with useful information, help, advice and tips on the local areas.

The tourist information centres includes knowledgeable staff with valuable local knowledge with information on local attractions, places of interest, things to see and do, along with local advice and tips. A visit to the tourist information centres provides a good first port of call for visitors helping to better plan and organise trips in and around the local area. At the centres visitors can find out about local events, public transport options and accommodation facilities.

Local Accommodation

Local Accommodation includes a choice of hotels that include historic and contemporary hotels, local B & B’s, Inns, Guest Houses, Self Catering houses, holiday homes and cottages catering for a range of budgets. There are a choice of hotels offering great sea front views. Local accommodation is available in the Eastbourne, Lewes and Hastings.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Local Cities and Towns include the towns of Worthing, Lewes and the city of Brighton and Hove, the local facilities, amenities, transport links and accommodation available mean they are popular places for visitors to base themselves from when visiting the south coast of England.

The seaside town of Worthing is located 11 miles to the west of Eastbourne in the county of West Sussex. Worthing is a popular destination for beach goers after a day trip or short break, the seaside town has a long history evolving from a compact fishing hamlet to a Georgian seaside resort in the 18th century. During the 19th and 20th centuries the town became synonymous with being one of the UK's leading market gardening centres.

Local attractions include the shingle and sand beaches, seafront and pier offering all the fun and excitement of the seaside along with a choice of attractions and amusements. There are a choice of eateries, bars, cafes and restaurants serving traditional seaside foods and drinks and a choice of other cuisines. The town includes a choice of accommodation options suitable for a range of budgets.

Other local attractions include St Paul's and St Andrew's Churches; Worthing Museum and Art Gallery noted for having one of the largest textile and costume collections in the UK, the museum is housed inside a historic Grade II listed building. The area is home to impressive gardens including those at Beach House Park and Highdown Gardens.

Worthing Festival is an annual arts and music festival; visitors can see programme that include dance, singing, speech, opera and instrumental performances.

The town of Lewes is located 9 miles to the north east of Eastbourne in East Sussex. Historically a market town, Lewes is the county town of East Sussex and is also within the South Downs National Park. Natural sites include the Lewes Downs, a site of biological interest and Lewes Brooks and Southerham Works Pit that are Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

Local attractions include Lewes Castle dating back to the 11th century, Lewes Priory, Anne of Cleves House dating back to the 15th century, the house includes a number of collections of furniture and a range of artefacts.

Lewes Farmers' Market is held on the first and third Saturdays of each month. The market includes covered market stalls of local producers selling a range of fine local produce including fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, preserves and hot food; there are around 40 local producers at the market.

The town centre in Lewes is noted for its historic architecture with a number of preserved historic buildings evident, the town includes a choice of shops including a number of independent and specialist retailers with a choice of cafes, bars and restaurants.

The city of Brighton & Hove is located 23 miles to the west of Eastbourne in East Sussex. The famous Brighton seafront is among the best known in the UK and includes a shingle and sand beach along with seafront restaurants, amusements and entertainment. Historic Brighton Pier is one of the most famous piers in the UK well known for its assortment of attractions including traditional seaside amusements, the Grade II listed building includes a number of thrill rides, traditional rides including dodgems and kids rides and number of traditional seaside stalls, amusement arcades, bars and a number of eateries.

Brighton Seafront includes traditional seaside shops and a number of artists studios, the area is home to a number of sea front restaurants serving a choice of cuisines. The club scene in Brighton is well established; there are a choice of clubs on the seafront and in the city attracting clubbers from Brighton and beyond.

Brighton Marina is located a short walk to the east of Brighton Central beach; here visitors with find a number of yacht, boats and opportunities for sailing trips. Local entertainment in the marina includes cinema, casino, bowling and a choice of cafes, quayside bars and restaurants; there is also outlet shopping at the venue.

Hove beach is located a short walk to the west of Brighton Central beach. Hove beach has an altogether calmer and quieter feel than Brighton Central beach with a noticeably more laid back atmosphere making it an ideal place for visitors keen to get away from the crowds. The beach has shingle and is famous for its colourful beach huts.

How to Get There

Eastbourne beaches is accessible by both car and public transport.

By Car:

Eastbourne's beaches are located approx 73 miles from central London via the A23, M23, A27 and A2270. The approx journey time is 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes depending on traffic, route and time of day.

By Train:

From London Victoria station there are regular services to Eastbourne train station. The journey time is approx 1 hour 30 minutes depending on service, connections and time of day.

By Bus/Coach:

There are regular coaches available from London Victoria Coach station to Eastbourne Coach Station. The approx journey time is 2 hours 50 minutes to 3 hours 15 minutes depending on connections, time of day and traffic. Coach services to Eastbourne Coach Station are provided by National Express


For Local Search and Directions see: Eastbourne beaches Map

Tips & Other Considerations

The weather and climate can be unpredictable across the UK, there can be elements of all four seasons in one day. Ensure you check the weather forecast before you travel and have the correct clothing and footwear including appropriate footwear, raincoat and umbrella.

Follow travel advice and remain alert, vigilant and aware of your belongings at all times especially your wallet/purse and valuables and ensure they are hidden away from public view. If you have a bag try to use a shoulder bag with a good quality, strong strap, that is put across your shoulder not on your shoulder making it more difficult for anyone to take your bag.

If you are travelling by car to Eastbourne in East Sussex ensure you are well prepared with maps and Sat Nav to aid your journey, particularly if you are not familiar with the local area and roads. Use the journey planner for door to door directions. Check traffic updates before you travel.

If you are looking for car parking in and around the beach and surrounding areas, ensure you fully understand the rules, regulations & charges for car parks and street parking. The rules & regulations can be complex & confusing if you are unclear, it is wise not to park there.

If you are travelling by public transport, check for service updates prior to beginning your journey for any delays, disruption or cancellations to services that may impact on your journey. Ensure you have the service timetables for the trains, trams, buses and coaches. Remember when the last services are and ensure you make it to the train/bus/coach stops well in time to avoid missing the service.

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