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48 Hours in Eastbourne - Day 1

48 Hours in Eastbourne - Day 1


Welcome to the sunshine coast! You have 48 hours to spend in Eastbourne, but what can you do... Eastbourne has many iconic venues which are a must see before you make your departure home. Taking you on a sight seeing tour in the sun trap of the South, touching on a bit of history, visiting local exhibitions as well as capturing some of Eastbourne's most picturesque locations.

There's no better way to start your day than exploring the South Downs National Park, an outstandingly breath taking natural gem sitting unspoilt right on our door step with spectacular views! Time for a rest? Relax and refresh with a drink at The Beachy Head pub. Whilst visiting the Country Park, be sure to pop into The Beachy Head Story, a brand new free exhibition which allow visitors to discover the beautiful landscape of Beachy Head and the South Downs, and pick up a special treat for yourself or a loved one in the adjoining gift shop which stocks a variety of locally sourced and nature inspired products.

Walk East towards Eastbourne and make the most of the views with visiting Beachy Head, Belle Tout Light House and Birling Gap, providing plenty of photo opportunities along the way. For the way back down, why not jump on the Sightseeing Bus, stopping at a number of locations on route.


Whether you are on the Sightseeing Bus or making your own way around Eastbourne, be sure to stop off at the Holywell Retreat. Holywell is a hive of activity with the secluded Italian Gardens and their ornate Italian arbours and pergolas it's a stunning piece of architecture only a few yards from Holywell Beach.

With all that walking you deserve a tasty lunch set with amazing views at The Beach Deck. Serving a variety of dishes, ranging from fish to pizza you will be sure find a mouth watering delight. Jump on the Dotto Train from Holywell and make sure you get off at Fisherman's Green and The Beach Deck is a 5 minute walk from there. Alternatively, pop into The Pavilion nearby for a drink or light refreshment.


Now that you are fed and watered, spend an afternoon soaking up the sun on the Sunshine Coast with a walk along the seafront back into the town centre or jump back on the Dotto Train towards Grand Parade beach and alight at the Wish Tower for a spot of kayaking with hire available from Eastbourne Kayak and Surf.


Catch the 99 bus to Eastbourne's Sovereign Harbour for an evening of entertainment at The Garden Bar and many restaurants to choose from with spectacular views of the boats. Restaurants include Thai, Indian, Italian and American.

Opened in 1993, Sovereign Harbour is northern Europe's largest composite marina coplex and boasts four linked harbours and the hugely popular Waterfront retail and restaurant development. Situated at the Eastern end of Eastbourne's seafront, the tidal Outer Harbour is only used for entrance to the marina through twin sea locks, which are operated 24 hours a day.


If you haven't booked your hotel already, why not try the family friendly Sheldon Hotel, just moments from the town's main theatres and close to the town centre. Or for sea views in a traditional B&B, try the charming Devonia guest house, close to Princes Park and Eastern Seafront.

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  1. The Beachy Head Story


    The Beachy Head Story is a brand new exhibition that will allow visitors to discover the beautiful landscape of Beachy Head and the South Downs.

    Start at the formation of the Downs and continue through time, discovering the stories of people who have shaped this landscape. Find out why Beachy Head…

  2. Beachy Head

    Beachy Head is the highest chalk sea cliff in Britain. At 530 feet high, the majestic cliffs provide magnificent views.

  3. Beachy Head Pub


    Large family pub with all day food and restaurant seating offering superb views of the South Downs across to Belle Tout lighthouse. Includes free parking and children's playground.

  4. The Beach Deck


    The Beach Deck is one of the few places you can truly relax whilst enjoying delicious dishes. Inspired by the jaw dropping beach surroundings right on Eastbourne seafront.

  5. The Pavilion


    Following an extensive refurbishment, The Pavilion café is now open with indoor and outdoor dining available every day, located next to the Redoubt Fortress.  The indoor café will provide an outdoor terrace overlooking the Pavilion Gardens for an al fresco dining option and a perfect stop off point…

  6. Sovereign Harbour Harvester

    Sovereign Harbour Harvester

    Sovereign Harbour

    Simple, child friendly chain pub/ restaurant serving grilled dishes, salads, burgers and steaks. Located in the beautiful sovereign harbour, the restaurant provides waterfront views and a large outdoor seating area.

  7. Pablo's

    Sovereign Harbour

    Italian/Mediterranean restaurant located in the sovereign harbour. Surrounded by beautiful scenery and a large out door seating area provides alfresco dining.

  8. Simply Italian


    A small family run Italian restaurant located in the sovereign harbor with stunning views. Family friendly., with outside seating available.

  9. Ganges

    Sovereign Harbour

    With beautiful views, enjoy an authentic and traditional Indian meal. Also offering innovative dishes, there is something for everyone.

  10. Devonia


    Terry & Carolyn welcome you to Devonia,situated in a superb location on Eastbourne's elegant seafront with wonderful sea views and stylish comfortable rooms. All rooms en-suite. Freeview TV, Free Wi-Fi internet connection. Private car park.

  11. The Sheldon B&B


    Perfectly located, family owned bed and breakfast with FREE private parking, FREE fast in-room WI-FI. FREE discount voucher booklet, Choice of bath or shower in most room types. Quiet zoned rooms for a very peaceful stay! Allergy friendly

  12. Eastbourne Kayak and Surf Hire

    Just under the wish tower itself

    We give customers a great opportunity to experience Eastbourne by Kayak and stand up paddle. And a way to see Eastbourne that has never has never before been readily available to the public.

Itinerary Distances

FromToDistance * (metric)
The Beachy Head Story (50.74057,0.25179)Beachy Head (50.73863,0.25118)0.2
Beachy Head (50.73863,0.25118)Beachy Head Pub (50.74007,0.25065)0.15
Beachy Head Pub (50.74007,0.25065)The Beach Deck (50.77558,0.30268)4.85
The Beach Deck (50.77558,0.30268)The Pavilion (50.77359,0.29985)0.27
The Pavilion (50.77359,0.29985)Sovereign Harbour Harvester (50.79394,0.32631)2.64
Sovereign Harbour Harvester (50.79394,0.32631)Pablo's (50.79394,0.32631)0
Pablo's (50.79394,0.32631)Simply Italian (50.79394,0.32631)0
Simply Italian (50.79394,0.32631)Ganges (50.79394,0.3263)0
Ganges (50.79394,0.3263)Devonia (50.77331,0.29905)2.69
Devonia (50.77331,0.29905)The Sheldon B&B (50.76457,0.28586)1.21
The Sheldon B&B (50.76457,0.28586)Eastbourne Kayak and Surf Hire (50.7614,0.287)0.33
Total Distance *12.33 miles
Estimated Journey Time24 minutes

* Approximate distance by road

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