Things to do in Eastbourne

A resort town that burst into life in the 19th century, Eastbourne has pretty much everything you’d want from a coastal town, and then some. The town is littered with historic buildings, including a stunning Napoleonic fort and the truly iconic Beachy Head lighthouse, while the Grand Parade that handsomely separates the beach from the town is full of prime Victorian-era architecture. Check out which Eastbourne hotel you should stay in with our handy guide to ensure you’re always close to the heart of the action. The 300-metre long pier is the town’s centrepiece and just a short walk from several amazing theatres, the world-class Towner Art Gallery and the gorgeous Bandstand, which puts on everything from pop tribute acts to live orchestras, all with the stunning beach and English channel backdrop. With so much to offer, you’ll never be left wondering what to do in Eastbourne.

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Attractions

With historic castles, forts, churches, stunning coastal parks, grand piers and stunning coastline dotted with lighthouses, there’s so much to see and do in Eastbourne.

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Culture

Eastbourne might be noted for its beaches and nightlife, but it also has a thriving cultural heart thanks to a variety of art galleries, museums and annual events, none better than the impressive Towner Art Gallery.

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Activities

Whether you’re looking to make the most of the great outdoors, want a fun family day, or you’re looking to burn some energy paintballing, go-karting or at a soft play, you’ll find it all in Eastbourne.

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Places to Eat

From coffee and cake on the go to fine-dining, steak and burger joints and some of the finest south coast ice cream, eating out in the town is nothing but a joy. Discover all the best cafés and restaurants in Eastbourne with the help of our guide.

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Entertainment

Its theatre scene is incredible, but Eastbourne also has a very strong live music scene ably led by the stunning Bandstand, a real focal point in town.

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Nightlife

A relatively compact town, it’s easy to create your own excellent pub or bar crawl around any of our three Premier Inn hotels, with several stand out clubs for those still standing later in the night!

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Shopping

A shopping hotspot, you can choose from the modern Arndale Shopping Centre or go boutique down Little Chelsea nearby, a bustling hive of independent shops, bars and cafés.

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Theatre

Harking back to the Victorian era when Eastbourne was an in-demand tourist spot, the town is packed with historic theatres ranging from intimate spaces to opulent theatres that have hosted Houdini.

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Pubs

There are few finer pleasures in Eastbourne than sitting back with a cold one on the beachfront and taking in the gorgeous south coast scenery. We’ve rounded up the best bars and pubs in Eastbourne to make life even better.

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Eastbourne Beaches

From watersport to secluded walks and rock pools to ice cream stands, Eastbourne really comes alive at the coast, with miles of beachfront to choose from.

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Seven Sisters

A stunning 280-acre area of outstanding natural beauty home to 160-metre tall dazzling chalk cliffs, admire the views across the channel from the top or take a walk along the gorgeous beaches underneath.

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Getting around

Fly in from Gatwick, get the train direct to Eastbourne and get around the region on a variety of bus services, walking and cycle routes – travelling in and around Eastbourne couldn’t be easier!

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