Central Eastbourne

Eastbourne has something for everyone – whether you’re looking for a traditional seaside holiday or a culture break.

Kids will spend hours playing on the lovely clean, pebble beach, which has sand and hidden rock pools that are exposed at low tide.

Eastbourne pier offers traditional seaside amusements and if you’re trying to drag them away, Gelato Famoso’s ice-creams are unsurpassed as bribery!

Sunrise at Eastbourne Pier / EBourne Images
Eastbourne - the sunniest place in the UK

Eastbourne - the sunniest place in the UK

This charming seaside town boasts more sunshine hours than any other UK location.

Take a stroll on the promenade or get your skates on if you’re feeling brave.

Rent a kayak or stand up paddleboard near the Wish Tower – or learn to windsurf or sail at Buzz Active watersports centre.

Or simply relax on the glorious beach…

Shop 'til you drop!

Eastbourne town centre has a surprising amount of shops to while away a few hours.   The multi-million pound renovation of the Beacon shopping centre has created an oasis of high street retailers, plus the bonus of a new multi-screen cinema and a host of great restaurants.

Or if quirky independents are more your thing, try the Enterprise centre by Eastbourne station, which has a fabulous array of boutique clothing stores, plus a florist, jewellery shop, lots of eateries and even somewhere to get your bike fixed.

And don’t miss the charming Little Chelsea area which covers South Street and Grove Road and includes many independent boutiques, cafes and restaurants.

Book an Eastbourne culture break

Book an Eastbourne culture break

There are four theatres in total and regular West End shows appearing, so why not check what’s on and book tickets in advance of your visit?  And the excellent Towner has an art gallery and cinema and is well worth a visit, with exhibitions regularly updated and inspiring and recently hosted the Turner Prize.

For the sport lovers, the world-renowned Devonshire Park grass courts are a pull – especially when the pre-Wimbledon, Nature Valley International Tennis Tournament is on.

Explore central Eastbourne to discover a world of opportunities for places to eat and drink.

Urban Ground Cafes (££) – We are BIG fans of their cafes on Bolton Road and South Street for fab coffee and delicious lunches.

Bistrot Pierre (£££)Right on the seafront, for French cuisine in a buzzy atmosphere with stunning sea views. Or just opt for cocktails at their bar at sundown.

Skylark (£££) – small, award-winning restaurant on Grove Road offering seasonal English food in an intimate atmosphere.

Dem Shish (£££)Turkish restaurant with a modern twist and a live DJ on Friday and Saturday as well as live music on other nights.

Learn English in Eastbourne

There are several language schools in Eastbourne offering English lessons for children and adults alike.  Courses are particularly plentiful and popular throughout the summer months, however lessons are possible year round at some of the local English schools.

Eastbourne is a great destination to learn English – as well as being a beautiful and safe place to visit, it is well connected for students to explore the south of England.   We have direct train services to London Victoria, Gatwick airport, Brighton, Lewes and many other areas, plus a wealth of quintessentially English villages to visit by bus.

Many English language schools provide accommodation for children with host families, or if full families are choosing to learn English together, a holiday home can provide a flexible base.

Devonshire Loft 1-Bed

Places to stay in Eastbourne

We have a wealth of lovely places to stay in Eastbourne if you want to be central and close to the action.

Our one-bedroom and two-bedroom Gresham House apartments are particularly popular – each with private patios and moments from the beach.    If stairs are an issue, the two-bedroom Playwright apartment close to the theatres has lift access or the two-bedroom Olive Tree apartment is set on the ground floor without stairs.

For larger families, our three-bedroom Beacon Loft apartment in the heart of the town is ideal – set just a hop, skip and jump from a wealth of cafes, restaurants and shops.

Need advice to help you choose the right property for you?  Get in touch with our team and we’ll be happy to help.

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