Eastbourne Travel Guide

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Eastbourne Highlights

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    Mariajoy says…

     This is as chic as the south coast of England gets! 

  • Con
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     Chavs (teenage yobs), traffic, shingle beaches 

  • In a nutshell
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     clean town with loafds to do for small children and teenagers 

Eastbourne Things to Do

  • Redoubt Fortress and Military Museum

    Eastbourne's Napoleonic Fortress was built to keep the French armies out. Now it welcomes visitors in. When the fortress was built in 1807 the winning bidder for the work was not the cheapest or best value, but the man who had bought up all the local brick supplies and so was the only man capable of actually completing the work! The Redoubt was...

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  • Eastbourne in the Snow

    When it starts to snow Eastbourne looks magical! It seems that the architecture and elegance that was designed for the summer sun does just as well in the snow. Unfortunately it doesn't happen very often, but in the last few years we have had at least one or two days of snow each year, usually in January, sometimes February or December. When the...

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  • The Western Seafront

    Eastbourne Seafront really can be divided in to 2 parts at the pier. To the West is the area more traditionally associated with the town's tourist trade with the elegant Edwardian promenade, the Bandstand and the Wish Tower, along with many of the major hotels. To the East is a more family orientated and more modern (but no less attractive)...

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  • Eastbourne Town Hall

    Eastbourne's grand and elegant Victorian Town Hall was built between 1884 and 1886 to house the Borough Council of the rapidly expanding town. Interestingly this was not the first choice of site for the town hall but was eventually picked because it was cheaper than the other options and the Duke of Devonshire (who was the major local land owner)...

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  • The Towner Art Gallery

    The Towner Art Gallery is the home for Eastbourne's collection of contemporary arts as well as a wide variety of temporary exhibitions which include some big names in the world of modern art. On the first floor is the collection gallery which shows off items from the Towner's own collection, usually with a particular theme. The second floor has...

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  • Eastbourne Pier

    Eastbourne's Pier is one of it's most memorable images and has been used as a film set on a number of occasions in recent years - most recently in the film "Made in Dagenham" when it 'played the part' of Brighton Pier becuase Eastbourne Pier looks more like what an English seaside town pier should look like in it's heyday. It is much better...

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  • A walk above the cliffs

    The famous cliffs of Beachy Head are the highest point in a string of chalky rock faces that slice across this rugged stretch of coast at the southern end of the south downs. It’s a spot of thrilling beauty, at least until you remember that this is also officially one of the top suicide spots in the world!!

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  • Watch the tennis (in June)

    Eastbourne is the pre-Wimbledon ladies tennis tournament. It has a relaxed atmosphere and is a great place to spend a weekend (or a week for the hardcore tennis fans). Wonderful if the weather's nice.Crap is the weather's crap!

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  • Visit the Eastbourne Heritage Centre

    I've never actually been inside this place but I know it is all about the history and heritage of Eastbourne.....a town apparently created *By gentlemen... for gentlemen*. Hmmmm... no wonder it's never been my favourite place!Still, it's somewhere to go to pass an hour on a wet afternoon.

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Eastbourne Restaurants

  • worst experience ever

    We just had dinner here and I have NEVER been treated worse in a restaurant. First of all we were waiting ages to order drinks. The food was poor and after complaining they first of all ignored us and after bringing it up again they said they tasted it and said it was fine. UNBELIEVABLE. They decided a shouting match would be a better option. I...

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  • Go Greek!

    This Greek restaurant has been a feature on Eastbourne's Terminus Road "Restaurant Row" near the Seafront for many years and it's easy to see why it has stood the test of time. The friendly and informal service is a essential part of the experience. They won't win any prizes for silver service, but they will win hearts with a service that is like...

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  • Flamenco Tapas

    Flamenco Tapas is a pleasant little restaurant near both the town centre and the theatre area of town. It's quite small and intimate and the decor creates a cosy atmosphere but could feel a little crowded when busy. They have quite a wide ranging menu to choose from and a very considerable wine list (all Spanish wines). For those who have never had...

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  • Tried Nepalese?

    I'd never tried Nepalese food before and so I was curious to give it a go. As it turns out it looks quite like Indian food but the taste is quite different. Imagine Indian food without the spicy hotness but instead just full of flavours. I really liked it. There was also a good standard of service. Food was a bit slower to arrive at the table than...

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  • A Turkish Delight

    This Turkish restaurant has been here for years. In fact as a teenager I used to walk past it every day on my way home and yet somehow I never got round to eating here until now. As you would hope from a well established restaurant that has been there for so long it was a good experience and I'm sure I'll be going back again at some time soon. I...

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  • Wish Tower Restaurant

    Quiet ; panoramic view of the English Channel ; open 7 days a week. In 2001, I took English classes at Meads School of English in Eastbourne, and I remember writing a draft of one of my essays at the Wish Tower Restaurant. I also remember being utterly satisfied with the essay I'd written. No doubt the quiet and relaxing atmosphere in the...

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Eastbourne Nightlife

  • Pleasant & Atmospheric Pub with good...

    The Dolphin is a pleasant and charming pub in the little Chelsea area of Eastbourne near the Town Centre and Town Hall. The place is just full of character and has a comfy feeling with nice leather sofas to snuggle down in with your drink or a rustic restaurant area at the back to enjoy some of the great food they serve here. The burgers are always...

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  • Great little gig venue

    Lovely pub in Eastbourne old town, The Counting House - built in the 17th century and still retains lots of old features, oak beams, tiny doorways and inglenooks... and a fabulous, minute, interior balcony which these days is used as a stage for their acoustic nights.We were there to see David Ford, a local guy who was performing a free gig. It...

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  • See the Counterfeit Stones

    The C'Stones perform here once a year - if you are visiting Eastbourne when they are here then you really should book tickets (14.50GBP) - same phone and website as above! They are sooooo entertaining, playing all the Stones' hits from the 60's onwards - with some spoof video footage between costume changes.... great fun!!! Anything rock and roll!

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Eastbourne Transportation

  • tour to beachy head

    Beachy Head is off the B2103, from the A259 between Eastbourne and Newhaven. Eastbourne’s city sightseeing tour bus stops at the clifftop.

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  • Let the Train take the Strain..but not...

    Before you attempt to travel to Eastbourne by train at the weekend check first that there are no engineering works planned. Otherwise you will find yourself doing the best part of the journey by bus... very very irritatingly slowly as it goes round every obscure backwater, and what was a 20 min train journey becomes a 1.5 hour nightmare!Apart from...

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  • Bus

    Buses are probably the second most convient mode of transport after cars/motorbikes. Current fair for an adult is £1.30 which is kinda a rip off. It's hiked 20p already this year and its only september . You can get travel cards etc but I don't know anything about these.

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Eastbourne Shopping

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    This is not a good comment for this shop. My Special Needs son went into this cafe as he has done several times before as he loves a jacket potatoe for lunch and as he went to pay at the till on his own as he wanted to be independent, (his carer was keeping a close eye on him) he found he didnt have enough money on him and instead of making as...

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  • Meads Books

    Meads Books have a delightful mixture of new and secondhand books. They also sell cards and gifts. Meads Books always has a good selection of books about Eastbourne and the local area.

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  • Books and Coffee

    A small book shop in Eastbourne's Arndale Centre. The difference here is that upstairs is a very small mezzanine cafe where patrons can pore over their purchases while sipping a nice cup of coffee or tea (and maybe indulge in a muffin or hot cross bun).If you get a seat by the glass panel you can watch the transactions below - it's fascinating to...

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Eastbourne Local Customs

  • by szewan Written Jul 1, 2009

    3 mobile store in Eastoburne customer service is very poor. I have an awful experience, I got told off impolite staff and manager. I was trying to ask them send off my mobile phone to repare, I visited twice first time they refuse to do it and didnt explain why. second time even worse, the manager over there told me off, he said" Are you calling me a liar?" this kind of customer service is very unacceptable. My phone still not get fixed. I have never experience such bad attitude from a service provider. so do not go there unless you want to told off by them.

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Eastbourne Warnings and Dangers

  • DON'T step out when you're close to the...

    Due to erosion, the cliffs here are extremely dangerous, so please take notice of the warning signs.

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  • Seagull attack

    Most dangerous can happen in Eastbourne is try to avoid seagull poo on your head. It's been happeing many times on my friends and family but not me. But i've seen once a quick shot poo from the bird to people's head.Victim identify normally those with long and thick hair (watch out ladies)

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Eastbourne Off The Beaten Path

  • by Mariajoy Updated Dec 4, 2005

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    This is one of my favourite views in the whole of East Sussex. The lighthouse in the middle of the photo is the Belle Tout (used in the BBC drama Life and Loves of a She Devil).

    In the far distance are the Seven Sisters Cliffs. The Belle Tout was moved (rolled in fact) back 17m from the cliff edge - a magnificent feat of engineering.

    The history of the Belle Tout can be found here:

    BBC Belle Tout

    The Seven Sisters Country Park are part of England's Heritage Coastline.

    Seven Sisters Country Park

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Eastbourne Favorites

  • Eastbourne in the dark

    My absolute favourite thing about Eastbourne is the lights as you are looking on them from up near Beachy Head. I'll never forget the first time I saw this vision: As you drive along the coastal road coming from Beachy Head, you come to this long steep winding hill, and it is a banquet for the eyes! Ok, it's only street lights, house lights and the...

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  • Jogging at dawn

    I've jog on summer early morning in Eastbourne promenade and i think thats a very relaxing and realise how wonderful the view is watching the sunrise.

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  • Useful facilities in the Middle of...

    These loos are very well situated! halfway between Eastbourne and Birling Gap... they are the only public conveniences for miles! Make the most of them before you set out on your hike!

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