Holidays in Eastbourne - Things To Do
Our guest house is opposite the beach and perfectly located for holidays in Eastbourne. You just need to step outside our front door to discover all of the things to see and do.
Eastbourne itself is a relatively new town. Prior to 1800, the area upon which it sits comprised of four separate hamlets with surrounding farmland. The town grew into a fashionable tourist resort largely thanks to prominent landowner, William Cavendish, later known as the Duke of Devonshire. William Cavendish appointed architect Henry Currey to design a street plan for the town and sent him off to Europe to draw inspiration. The resulting mix of architecture is typically Victorian and remains a key feature of Eastbourne. With the birth of the railway, holidays in Eastbourne, with its clean sea air, became popular with the health conscious Victorians and ever since their arrival, visitors have been coming to Eastbourne to walk up and down the famous seafront promenade.
Eastbourne Seafront - Walking West From Beachside
5 Minutes Walk
Opened by Lord Edward Cavendish in 1870, Eastbourne Pier is a 1000ft seaside pleasure pier with many gift and sweet shops, bars, restaurants, amusements and even a nightclub. Even though it’s been modernised many times it still retains its original splendour. The quirky camera obscura – a 360 degree Victorian projector built in 1888 and soon to be reopened following the 2014 fire – is at the seaward end of the pier and gives a magical view of Eastbourne’s seafront.
7 Minutes Walk
Located just beyond the Pier, holidays in Eastbourne would not be complete without visiting the famous Carpet Gardens. They are the centrepiece of the promenade with their colourful floral and cactus displays.
15 Minutes Walk
Built in 1935, its unique semi-circular design and blue domed roof is one of the most distinctive sights in Eastbourne. It is the busiest bandstand in the UK and has something for everyone, whether it be weekly tribute bands, Last Night at the Proms, or the 1812 Fireworks concerts. Very popular with Eastbourne holiday makers and we always receive great reviews from guests staying at Beachside
20 Minutes Walk
One of 74 Martello Towers - a small defensive fort – The Wish Tower was constructed in 1793 following a review of coastal defences. Although the tower itself is closed to visitors, the Western Lawns and the slope upon which it stands, offer good photo opportunities of the Pier and seafront. You can also get refreshments from the Wish Tower Café.
40 Minutes Walk
These secluded lawned gardens are a great sun trap and sit in a wooded amphitheatre carved out of the cliff face, just yards from Holywell beach. Look out for the Shakespeare productions that run during the the summer months.
60-90 Minutes Walk
At 530ft, Beachy Head is the UK's highest chalk sea cliff. After taking in the dramatic views why not pop into the visitor centre and/or visit the Beachy Head pub; we certainly recommend the latter. If you don't fancy walking then why not take the open top bus from outside Eastbourne Pier.
Eastbourne Seafront - Walking East From Beachside
2 Minutes Walk
Almost opposite our Eastbourne guest house is a Napoleonic fortress and one of the south coast's most historic landmarks. Built over 200 years ago to defend the south coast from Napoleon's forces, it still stands as a unique monument to that period of time and holds exhibitions and events throughout the year.
6 Minutes Walk
When you fancy a break from 'self catering', why not dine alfresco on the Beach Deck's terrace overlooking the beach. The ‘full English’ is excellent and there are a wide range of teas, coffee and cakes available throughout the day. For lunch and evening meals choose from sandwiches and salads, gourmet burgers, fresh fish or even a juicy steak. They promote “great views, great food and great times”, we couldn’t agree more!
8 Minutes Walk
If you are having a family holiday in Eastbourne then make sure you visit Treasure Island - a pirate themed adventure park with a mix of indoor and outdoor attractions including an 18 hole mini golf course. Children can climb aboard Long John Silver's shipwreck, with its slides, bridges, netted walkways and zip slide, splash about in the paddling lagoon and there is even a small sandy beach to search for treasure.
15 Minutes Walk
If you are looking for a more adventurous Eastbourne holiday then be sure to check out Buzz Active - a non-profit service by East Sussex County Council aiming to provide affordable outdoor activities. Their water-sports centre is located just down from Beachside on the seafront and offers courses in sailing, wind-surfing, body-boarding, power-boating and stand-up paddle boarding (SUP).
20 Minutes Walk
Green Flag award winning Princes Park features two children's playgrounds (one with a summer Splash Pad), leisure facilities, a boating lake, a rose garden and plenty of wildlife.
45 Minutes Walk
Opened in 1993, the harbour contains both visiting and resident berths and also one for the RNLI Eastbourne lifeboat. It’s a good place to wander around and see the different boats and newly built waterside apartments, shops and restaurants.
Eastbourne Holidays -Theatres
Eastbourne is lucky enough to have several theatres (and a bandstand) hosting performances to people on holiday in Eastbourne throughout the year. So whether you choose to watch a West End musical, a play, a ballet, comedy or a live band, you will be spoilt for choice.
Grand Parade, Eastbourne. BN21 3AD
Carlisle Rd, Eastbourne. BN21 4BP
14 Compton St, Eastbourne. BN21 4BW
108-112 Seaside Road, Eastbourne. BN21 3PF
Compton Street, Eastbourne. BN21 4BP
Eastbourne Holidays - Galleries and Museums
The Towner Art Gallery is a state-of-the-art, award winning gallery set over three floors and adjacent to the Eastbourne Congress Theatre and Devonshire Park complex. It presents a unique programme of major exhibitions that consist of contemporary and historic visual art, alongside displays from the renowned Towner Collection. Highly recommended.
A Grade II listed building which houses displays of original maps, pictures, artefacts and films about Eastbourne and the surrounding area. There are some great pictures of how Eastbourne holidays used to be.
On Eastbourne beach near The Wish Tower, this small but delightful museum was built in 1898 and houses collections and displays showing the history of Eastbourne lifeboats since 1822.
Holidays In Eastbourne - Sports and Leisure
Eastbourne Walking & Cycling
Being on the very edge of the South Downs National Park, there are loads of walks to choose from and something for all ages and abilities. So whether you want to just take a gentle stroll along the sea front, or cycle along the South Downs Way to Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters Country Park, you will be guaranteed some stunning scenery. For walking and cycling holidays in Eastbourne, please see our dedicated page here.
Devonshire Park Lawn Tennis Club offer some of the best grass courts in the world and host the annual Eastbourne International Tennis Tournament which attracts the best players in the world.
Whether you are looking for some first class coaching as part of your Eastbourne holiday, or just wanting to play on the famous courts, you won't be disappointed.
The choice of watersports in Eastbourne are endless. Buzz Active provide courses and tuition in sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, powerboating,and stand-up paddleboarding, and there are many diving and sailing schools that cater for all abilities. Please contact us for further information.
Whether you want to just hire a rod and fish from the beach opposite our front door, or venture out for some deep sea fishing, if you are lucky enough you might catch some sea bass or lemon sole to bring home for tea.
With several courses to choose from, golfing holidays in Eastbourne are becoming more popular and attract golfers of all abilities. Here are three of our favourites:
The Royal Eastbourne Paradise Dr, Eastbourne, BN20 8BP (01323 744045)
Willingdon Southdown Rd, Eastbourne, BN20 9AA (01323 410981)
Eastbourne Downs East Dean Road, Eastbourne, BN20 8ES (01323 720827)
Yoga, Pilates & Tai Chi
There are many places where you can relax your mind, body and soul when you are on your Eastbourne holiday. Our favourite is the Natural Fitness Centre which has a fantastic seafront setting and is less than five minutes’ walk from Beachside. Offering a range of health enhancing, restorative classes and therapies, it also offers massage, acupuncture, aromatherapy and osteopathy. #Bliss
Holidays in Eastbourne - Activities for Children
Our favourite family attraction and also widely regarded as the best small zoo in the country. Drusillas Park offers a great opportunity to get nose to nose with nature and with hundreds of exotic animals, from monkeys and otters, to penguins and meerkats. There are also several children's play areas; Go Wild, Go Bananas, Soft Play and a Get Wet Splash Pad; as well as an interactive maze and Hello Kitty's Secret Garden. Perfect for Eastbourne holidays with children.
Located within Treasure Island, Buccaneers Indoor Adventure consists of a huge soft play area over 2 levels and with a separate area for the under 5s. There is a seating area for adults and refreshments and snacks can be bought from the Hungry Pirate Cafe.
Just down from Beachside is the Sovereign Centre which has no less than four swimming pools. For children we recommend the large Fun Pool with its flumes and wave machine. Great back-up to have in case your holiday in Eastbourne is spoilt by the weather.
Eastbourne Holidays - Recommended Day Trips
A beautiful historic market town with lots to see and do. We recommend wandering through the medieval streets where you will find bookshops, boutiques and antique centres. There is also Lewes Castle, Anne of Cleaves' House and the famous Harvey's Brewery.
Pevensey Bay, famously known as William The Conqueror's landing place in 1066, has long stretches of pebble beaches and the vast ruins of Pevensey Castle. You can also visit Tudor Courthouse, Jail and Museum. Pevensey is also the start of the 1066 walk which takes in the nearby Herstmonceux Castle before heading out across the countryside towards Battle and Rye.
Hastings is synonymous with the Norman Conquest and the ruined castle on the hill - the first in Britain built by William The Conqueror - is the most visible evidence of that period. Hastings is now home to Europe's largest beach-launched fishing fleet and within the 'Fisherman's Quarter' you will find picturesque weather-boarded net huts, a fish market, seafood restaurants and the Jerwood Art Gallery.
The attractive town of Battle is where the Battle of Hastings took place in 1066. The town grew up around the Abbey of St Martin which was built by William the Conqueror shortly after the battle with its high altar believed to be the exact spot where King Harold fell. Today the abbey’s ruins and the battlefield are cared for by English Heritage and are well worth a visit if you are on holiday in Eastbourne
From the stunning heritage of the Royal Pavilion, its regency architecture and Victorian aquariums, to the seaside fun of Brighton Pier and the famous pebble beach, Brighton offers something for everyone. There is also the new i360 - the world's largest moving observation tower - and an emerging 'foodie scene' supplied by some very innovative restaurants and cafes.
London has so much to offer and is less than 90 minutes away from Eastbourne by train. We are born and bred Londoners so if you’re stuck for ideas, or just need some ‘local’ knowledge, please ask.