Eastbourne has always been one of the UK’s most popular seaside resorts. In Victorian times, people travelled from across the country to relax on the sandy beach – and the Victorian pier is very much in operation to this day!
The Shore View Hotel is the ideal base to explore Eastbourne during the summer months. Read this article to discover more about Eastbourne’s impressive coastline,
Eastbourne has a beautiful stretch of sandy beach, and in the summer, it’s unsurprisingly popular with visitors. The Grand Parade Beach, which is the main beach in the area, has remarkably clear, clean waters, plus a safe bathing zone for children. The Marine Parade beaches are popular for water sports enthusiasts, or if you’d prefer a more secluded spot, head to Holywell Retreat, which is a picturesque little enclave at the foot of the South Downs.
If you’d prefer to explore the coast by foot, there are plenty of Cliffside trails. Beachy Head is the UK’s highest chalk cliff, and offers amazing views across the English Channel. The Seven Sisters Country Park is also a popular route, with seven cliffs jutting out into the sea. Explore Jane Austen Country
Explore Jane Austen Country
Eastbourne is next to the South Downs, regarded as one of the most beautiful natural locations in the UK. Jane Austen once lived here (in Chawton) and was inspired by the area, with its wooded valleys and rolling hills. It’s the perfect destination for keen hikers, or if you’d prefer to explore by car, there are numerous pretty villages and towns in the area.
For the Children
Eastbourne is ideal for family holidays. In addition to the beaches, there are plenty of other activities for the children. One of the area’s most popular attractions is Drusillas Park, which has been dubbed ‘the best small zoo in Europe’, and which also has theme park rides, adventure playgrounds and mazes. Fort Fun is also close by, where you’ll find an indoor soft-play zone and events throughout the summer.
Towner is Eastbourne’s fascinating art gallery, which has three storeys of exhibits. It regularly hosts activities for children, particularly in the school holidays, and it’s worth checking what’s on during your stay. Likewise, Redoubt Fortress museum is also popular with people of all ages, and has plenty of things for younger people to enjoy, such as dressing up in authentic outfits and trying to lift cannonballs!
Eastbourne and the surrounding area is steeped in history. You can discover more about its Victorian heyday, which is still evident if you take a stroll along the promenade, or explore Battle Abbey – the location of the famous Battle of Hastings. There are also many other places to visit in the area, such as Pevensey Castle, which was built on ancient fortifications originally placed by William the Conqueror (in 1066) and Herstmonceux Castle, which has spectacular Elizabethan gardens.
Stay on the Seafront
If you’re visiting Eastbourne, there’s only one place to stay – and that’s directly on the seafront! The views across the English Channel are among the best in the country, and it’s important to locate a hotel that lets you take in the impressive panoramas.
Shore View Hotel is perfectly situated by the beach, and is also around 20 minutes from Drusillas Park and the Sovereign Harbour – which makes it the ideal base for a British summer holiday. To find out more about this comfortable, stylish hotel, click here.