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The sunny town sheltered by the white cliffs of Beachy Head

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Eastbourne's delightful harbour

With its Victorian pier, three-tiered promenade and elegant marina, it’s easy to see why Eastbourne is one of the south coast’s most popular seaside resorts.

Eastbourne is located in East Sussex, 17 miles East of Brighton. The town’s most popular attraction is undoubtedly its seafront, where a five-mile promenade follows the sandy beach past the beautiful Carpet Gardens and Napoleonic towers. The pier is a great place to enjoy the sea air or gaze out to sea, and even as its own nightclub as well as a traditional cafe and pub.

Rural Eastbourne

Near the town centre is one of the region’s most spectacular natural wonders, Beachy Head, the UK’s highest chalk cliff, from the top of which you can enjoy breath-taking views of the coastline. Eastbourne is an excellent base from which to explore the unspoilt countryside of the South Downs, where you can horse-ride, hike, cycle, and enjoy a range of other outdoor pursuits.

If you’re after a fun, family day out, Drusilla’s is well worth a visit. This small zoo is home to an incredible selection of animals and birds including limas, camels and parrots. There are plenty of hands-on activities, which give kids the chance to learn more about the zoo’s weird and wonderful inhabitants.

If you’re in Eastbourne, don’t miss Airborne, a spectacular air show, featuring the famous Red Arrows, Eurofighter Typhoon and Vulcan Cold War bomber. There’s also live music, children’s entertainment and great food to enjoy.

You’re bound to find somewhere great to eat in Eastbourne, whether you’re looking for a romantic evening meal or the best takeaway in town. For some of the area’s best authentic Italian cooking, head to Mo Mambo. Alternatively, check out Rumblebelly’s, a popular restaurant for steak and classic British cuisine since the 70s. For good coffee or a bite to eat, try Pistachios in the Park, a bright, relaxed café in Princes Park. Another café with a delightful al fresco dining area is The Pavilion Tearooms, on the seafront.

There’s no shortage of cosy, traditional pubs in Eastbourne. One of the best is The Dolphin, where you’ll find roaring fires, good food and an excellent selection of local ales. The Eagle is another popular pub, where you’ll find a lively atmosphere and pleasant rooftop terrace.

“With its Victorian pier, three-tiered promenade and elegant marina, it’s easy to see why Eastbourne is one of the south coast’s most popular seaside resorts.”

“The town’s most popular attraction is undoubtedly its seafront, where a five-mile promenade follows the sandy beach past the beautiful Carpet Gardens and Napoleonic towers.”

If you’re planning a night out in Eastbourne, head to Maxims for cocktails, or Blue, which hosts comedy and music nights.

Eastbourne is an excellent base from which to explore some of Southern England’s most interesting villages, towns and cities. The traditional seaside town of Hastings is a short drive away, as it bustling, eccentric Brighton.

While you’re there

Redoubt Fortress

This military museum is one of the South Coast's most historic landmarks.

Beachy Head

Explore the chalky white cliffs to indulge in the beautiful panoramic views.

Eastbourne Pier

Take a stroll along the Victorian boardwalk and take a step back in time.

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