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Italian Gardens in Eastbourne

East of the Pier Heritage Trail

Brand New Walking Trail

East of the Pier Heritage Trail

Discover some of the hidden gems and magnificent architectural features in this fascinating self-guided walking trail, East of the Pier.

With information boards and a downloadable app, this walking trail reveals many of the secrets behind the Victorian and Edwardian period of the town's development and the people who played a part in it.

Let the story unfold as you walk along the short trail and learn more about the economic and social history of this dynamically changing area of the seafront. All wheelchair accessible, a series of history corners provide more in depth information too.

The walk has been created by a group of volunteers as part of a project funded by Eastbourne Borough Council, as a result of the Government Grant allocated after the Pier fire in 2014.

What is this all about?

It is the story of one of Eastbourne’s most interesting areas and the story unfolds as you move around.

The focus is on the Victorian and Edwardian period of the town’s development and the people who played a part in it.

It is an opportunity to learn more about the east end of Eastbourne as a place as well as the area’s economic and social history.




How can I use it?

The map shows the area you can explore. It shows the locations of the on-street story boards which are almost entirely wheelchair accessible. 

The walk runs from the Pier, along the promenade and Seaside road, ending at the Redoubt.

Many old photographs and snippets of information can be summoned up as you walk along.




History Corners

The map also shows the History Corners. These are situated within supervised premises and give you more detail on certain aspects of the area’s past life. Entry is free.

Each has a distinct focus:-
- Royal Hippodrome, Seaside Road. Entertainment.
- Leaf Hall, Seaside. Social and Welfare. (Wheelchair access not available)
- Christ Church, Seaside. The church working in the community.
- Redoubt Pavilion, Royal Parade. Defending the realm.
- Crown and Anchor, Marine Parade. Display of old photographs

Smartphone/Tablet App

As well as information boards, download the free 'Eastbourne Trails' app for access to the Digital Trail and even more information and photographs, plus directions and points of interest along the way.

Available on iPhone, iPad and Android to download for free. 


Download on Android

Download on iPhone/iPad



Trail Map

East of the Pier Heritage Trail
Key to Locations
1. Pier Gardens               2. Marine Parade 
3. Sea Houses Square      4. Marine Gardens 
5. Pavilion Gardens         6. Royal Hippodrome Theatre
7. Crown & Anchor          8. Leaf Hall
9. Christ Church            10. Redoubt Fortress

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Digital Trail Waypoints

Digital Trail Waypoints

Further Information

Children's Trail

Great for budding historians - discover more about our beautiful heritage in this fun quiz to complete along the trail.  

Download the free quiz sheet below.  The answers are available on a seperate sheet too, but no peeking!

Download quiz

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