Eastbourne is one of Britain’s more elegant resorts, enjoying a glorious location on the south east coast. With a relaxed atmosphere and excellent sunshine record, the resort has been a firm favourite with holidaymakers for decades. Notable features include its flat five mile promenade, lined with benches and decorated by Eastbourne’s famous Carpet Gardens.
There is a small train that runs along the promenade, stopping at the various attractions, restaurants and cafés on the sea front. The resort boasts a good variety of sporting facilities for both participants and spectators, from bowls to international tennis. There are museums, cinemas and dancing at the Winter Gardens as well as all day concerts performed on Eastbourne’s attractive Edwardian bandstand.
This stretch of coastline is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The breathtaking chalk cliffs of the South Downs mingle with the broad sandy shores ideal for bathing. Beachy Head, the most famous cliff of the Eastbourne downland, has spectacular panoramic views from Brighton in the west to Dungeness in Kent to the east.
The resort is close to the historical sites of Hastings and Battle and a short drive to Brighton, one of the country’s oldest and most fashionable resorts. Inland, the picturesque Cuckmere Valley is a delight to explore and a visit to the nearby English Wine Centre for a tasting is a must. For those who wish to explore further afield, there are daily excursions to France which can be booked in the resort.
(passport required for trips to France).
We use the Queens Hotel, a Leisureplex Hotel.
Shoppers will find high street names amongst the town’s flower-lined pedestrianised streets and its main indoor centre, the Arndale. For those looking for the exclusive and distinctly individual, the Little Chelsea Quarter sells antiques, hand-made furniture, jewellery and ceramics.
Beach and Gardens
Eastbourne has clean, inviting beaches, predominantly of shingle leading to sand at low tide, which offer excellent bathing. Its award-winning gardens range from the striking Carpet Gardens along the sea-front, to the rockery of Helen Gardens and the shingle based Sovereign Park with its 130 species of wildflowers.