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Eastbourne Town Information

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Elegant Eastbourne has a reputation for attracting members of the older generation.

Nevertheless it is a most attractive family resort with fine parks and flowery borders.

Lying on the East Sussex coast it was created in the 1830s by the local lord of the manor, the Duke of Devonshire, who designed the seafront.

The pier was added later. Behind the parish church is a lake formed from the ‘bourne’ stream, which gave the place its name.

Eastbourne Pier - Photo © Christine Matthews
Eastbourne Pier -
Photo: Christine Matthews CCL

Beachy Head - Photo © Stephen Hodges
Beachy Head -
Photo: Stephen Hodges CCL

The town calls itself ‘The Sunshine Coast’, claiming that it has the highest recorded hours of sunlight.


Head west along the esplanade and you will reach a road that leads to the high cliff top at Beachy Head – one of the most breathtaking views in this part of the world.


Eastbourne's earliest claim as a seaside resort was a summer holiday visit by four of King George III’s children in 1780.