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Oh we do like to be beside the seaside

As those long sunny summer days fade away, there are still many great reasons to enjoy a day out at the seaside, and this autumn there’s plenty to do and see in Eastbourne.

We’ve put together some suggested itineraries with ideas for the perfect day at the sunshine coast.

Heading West to Holywell

Kick start your morning with a delicious breakfast or brunch. There’s a great selection of places to pick up a coffee just a short stroll from the station. Nelson Coffee located on Terminus Road is a lively independent café perfect for smashed avocado on toast or maybe a big brekkie for those with a big appetite, after all there’s a day of exploring to do!

A walk along Grove Road brings you into the Little Chelsea area, Eastbourne’s independent shopping and dining quarter. Recently named as one of the UK’s coolest neighbourhoods by the Sunday Times, here you’ll find plenty of café culture with tempting selections in the Art House café, Skylark and Beanz.

Art House

Feeling sufficiently full, why not take a look around the independent shops before making your way back into the town centre.

Continuing down past the shopping centre will bring you to Eastbourne’s stunning seafront and promenade. No visit to the seaside should surely go by without a visit to the pier! Opened in 1870, it’s been an Eastbourne landmark ever since. Enjoy a warming hot chocolate or maybe even an ice cream, as you take a walk to the end with wonderful views back along the shoreline

Pier and Promenade

Take a stroll westward past the iconic art-deco seafront landmark of the Eastbourne Bandstand, which offers a packed programme of musical performances from April through until October and then onwards towards the Towner Art Gallery. With its world class collection of modern and contemporary art, plus an unrivalled collection dedicated to the artist Eric Ravilious, the Towner is a great place for a cultural fix.

Directly behind the Towner is Devonshire Park. While home to international tennis during the height of the summer, on peaceful autumn days you’re more likely to see squirrels dashing across the park than ball boys!

Feeling peckish? Stop for a bite of traditional pub grub at the Stage Door pub, located next door to the Devonshire Park Theatre or enjoy the artisan flavours at the Barley Sugar Kitchen on Cornfield Terrace.


Walk off your lunch with a stroll in the fresh autumn air along the seafront towards Holywell at the far western end of the seafront. This section of coastline provides rock pools full of marine life at low tide, perfect for exploring there’s also the pretty Helen Gardens and the dramatic chalk cliffs of Beachy Head too.

A walk back along the coastal path towards the town will bring you to the imposing white façade of The Grand Hotel. Affectionately known as ‘The White Palace’ it’s the only 5* seaside hotel in England.

Why not spoil yourself with a spot of afternoon tea in front of the roaring fire, the perfect spot to round off a great day in Eastbourne.

Tea at the Grand

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