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About Eastbourne

Eastbourne is one of the UK's most alluring seasides towns. Offering striking Victorian architecture often synonymous with British coastal towns, glorious coastal walks along the famous Sussex white cliffs, fascinating historical sights and a slightly more laid-back vibe compared to its bohemian neighbour, Brighton. Due to the beauty of the surrounding countryside some of the best places to stay in Eastbourne area, in fact, just outside the town itself.

Eastbourne pier makes a good start to any trip to this town. Set on a pretty pebbled beach the pier is filled with those ever-so quintessential British arcade games, while fish and chip shops complete the British seaside picture. Contrastingly, the Towner Gallery showcases the city's more modern-side. A chic structure displaying a superb collection of contemporary art.

For visitors more interested in the area's history a trip to the spectacular Herstmonceux Castle in nearby Hailsham is an absolute must. Dating back to the 15th Century the castle and gardens are remarkably well preserved. Within the town, the recently renovated Redoubt Fortress is a 200-year old structure which now holds costumed reenactments of the Napoleonic era as well as hosting a number of other events.

For foodies, the Wednesday Eastbourne Borough Market is a lively affair and a great place to sample some local produce. While the Eastbourne Bandstand with its cool seaside backdrop has long been the venue for a variety of international and national artists. Some, however, may say that the real lure to Eastbourne is the spectacular walks on Sussex's South Downs and it is not hard to see why.

What not to miss:

  • Spend some time doing that quintessentially British seaside activity of playing arcade games and eating fish and chips on Eastbourne Pier.
  • Admire the contemporary artworks in the Towner Gallery.
  • Make a day trip to nearby Hailsham and visit the spectacular Herstmonceux Castle.
  • For some learned family-fun watch a historic reenactment at Redoubt Fortress.
  • Sample local delicacies at the lively Wednesday Eastbourne Borough Market.
  • Plan your trip to catch a performance on the Eastbourne Bandstand.
  • Take long walks on the beautiful Sussex South Downs.

Eastbourne's close proximity to London makes this an excellent spot for a weekend break. Browse through our collection of the best places to stay in Eastbourne to start planning your trip.

The best places to stay in Eastbourne

For traditional style

  • Ocklynge Manor is a picture perfect 18th Century Georgian house sitting in a glorious walled garden. The bedrooms are bright, and lovely sash windows make the most of the views. Delicious breakfasts with hand-made bread and marmalade can be enjoyed each morning.

For luxury

  • The Grand Hotel is also known as Eastbourne's 'White Palace' - a luxurious English seaside hotel. Boasting a host of facilities including a spa, indoor and outdoor pools, an award-winning restaurant and a children's playroom.

For a holdiay cottage or apartment

  • If you’d prefer a self catering property, then we recommend you visit our online partner, Booking.com.

Travel information

  • Trains run twice-hourly from London and take 1 hour 25 minutes. While Gatwick Airport is the most convenient airport as its station services direct trains to Eastbourne.
  • The British weather can be woefully unpredictable. However, for the best chance of catching warm weather (15-25 degrees celsius) plan your trip in the summer months May-August.
  • If you would like the freedom of your own car we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.

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Best Hotels in Eastbourne

  • Ocklynge Manor Eastbourne 3 rooms from £100

    Tennis  -  The Devonshire Park Lawn Tennis Club is less than 2 miles away.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Beachy Head, with panoramic views of the English Channel
    Views  -  Pretty garden views from each of the bedrooms
    Sailing  -  There are lots of sailing clubs in Eastbourne
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    This picture perfect 18th Century Georgian house sits in a glorious walled garden which maintains its beauty throughout the seasons. The bedrooms are bright and lovely sash windows make the most of the views. Delicious breakfasts with hand-made bread and marmalade can be enjoyed each morning. See More

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  • The Grand Hotel, Eastbourne Eastbourne 152 rooms from £199

    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Kids Club  -  Fully staffed.
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    RestaurantSwimming PoolParking
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels, Michelin Travel

    Eastbourne's 'White Palace' - a luxurious English seaside hotel. A host of facilities - spa, indoor and outdoor pools, award-winning restaurant, children's playroom. See More

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