With historic roots as a Victorian seaside resort, Eastbourne’s reputation as a tourist hotspot during the summer sees many visitors coming to the beaches year in, year out. Over four million visitors have footfall in the town every year, giving the area a huge boost in the economy when the sun shines and the masses flock to the seaside. Yet while Eastbourne’s beaches are our town’s pride and joy, there’s still so much more the town has to offer.

If the East Sussex coast has snagged your interest, you should take a look into what treats you and the family can experience in Eastbourne. Whether you’re planning a day out from the hustle and bustle of the capital or taking a trip down to the coast for a holiday, you’re bound to find plenty of things to do. Between the theatres, historical sites, beaches and the South Downs National Park, Eastbourne has much to offer visitors and residents alike.

Eastbourne Pier and Grand Parade

It would be a shame to come all this way and not explore the seafront in all its glory. You can experience the Victorian architecture along the main parade, including the Grand Hotel where you can tuck into a traditional English high tea with a stunning backdrop. Eastbourne Pier is a must-see and worth strolling down the 200 metre walkway. Nearly lost in a fire in the 70s, the pier has a great collection of cafes, bars and even a nightclub. It’s a prime spot to get a great picture together.

Eastbourne Bandstand

The top feature of Eastbourne’s pier is arguably the bandstand. It’s a fantastic place to enjoy music in the open air. Hosting different acts throughout the summer, the bandstand promises to put on a show. Take a look at what’s coming up here.

Eastbourne International Airshow

This year, Eastbourne will be celebrating 30 years of hosting the largest free air festival in the UK. Taking place 15-18 August 2024, Eastbourne Airshow entertains visitors in the hundreds of thousands as they take to the beaches to watch the air displays. Featuring national treasures like the Red Arrows and the Battle of Britain Memorial flight, the airshow puts on a fantastic event for all members of the family to enjoy. Where better to experience an aerial display than right down on the seafront in the height of summer. Come rain or shine, the event always proves to be a wonderful experience and can be enjoyed up and down Eastbourne’s beaches.

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South Downs National Park

In Eastbourne, you’re not far from sights of natural beauty. Beautiful landmarks are just a stone’s throw away in the lilting hills of the South Downs where you can explore the East Sussex countryside as well as the coast. Only a few miles away from the town’s historic heart, you can enjoy the splendid chalk cliffs and the quieter beach at Holywell. Take in the fresh air and wildlife on walks up to Beachy Head, the UK’s highest chalk cliff. There are some great pubs along the way to take a break and have a drink before continuing on the path. The beaches up from Eastbourne give great opportunities to potentially find some fossils while also having an adventure along the rockpools.

Eastbourne Redoubt Fortress

Eastbourne maritime history is on display at different locations in the town. One to certainly visit is the Redoubt Fortress where the museum has daily tours and guides. Not far from the fortress, you can take a walk down the beach to the Wish tower, one of few still standing forts built as a defence against Napoleon’s navy.

Eastbourne’s Old Town

The town’s centre has much of its Victorian character and charm. When visiting, it’s always worth taking a trip into the Old Town where you can explore its array of independent shops and different eating options. The Beacon Shopping centre provides for all your retail needs so you won’t go away empty handed.

Sovereign Harbour

Take to the lively seafront to experience everything the marina has to offer. There are boat trips and watersports to experience during the summer months. Eastbourne is worth experiencing from the water. The harbour comes alive during the evenings where there are some fantastic choices for eating out with beautiful sea views to drink in along with delicious cuisine.

How to get to Eastbourne

One of the major perks that Eastbourne has over other seaside towns in the UK is its direct rail-links to London. Eastbourne Station has a direct line to London Victoria with no stops. Just a ninety minute train trip from the capital. London Gatwick is the closest international airport, making it easy to reach for travellers coming further afield.

Thinking about staying in Eastbourne more permanently?

If life by the seaside is a dream you’d like to become a reality, property in Eastbourne is on average more affordable than Brighton. Explore our property listings for houses and flats we have available on the market. If you would like to know more about living in Eastbourne, feel free to ask our team of friendly and knowledgeable estate agents any of your questions. You can contact us via the form on our website or by giving us a call on 01323 412200.