"Sittin' on the dock of the bay"

Birling Gap Beach

Birling Gap is a small remote bay east of Beachy Head in East Sussex. The beach is approximately 300 metres (m) wide with a gentle slope. It is situated right below the backdrop of the Seven Sisters chalk cliffs. The beach is predominantly shingle, but shallow sandflats and rocks from the chalk cliff become exposed with the receding tide.

Beach type: Sand/Shingle

Nearest town: East Dean

Local authority: East Sussex County Council

OS Grid Reference: TV553959


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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Things to see and do near Birling Gap Beach

  • Seven Sisters Sheep Centre (1m)
  • Beachy Head Countryside Centre (2m)
  • The Lifeboat Museum (4m)
  • How We Lived Then (4m)
  • The Play Station Eastbourne (4m)
  • Beckhurst Glass The Glass Studio (4m)
  • Leos Play Den (4m)
  • Dinos (4m)
  • Eastbourne Pier (4m)
  • Filching Manor Motor Museum (4m)
  • Seaford Museum (5m)
  • Treasure Island (5m)
  • Redoubt Fortress and Military Museum (5m)
  • Lloyds Lanes Eastbourne (5m)
  • Laser Quest Eastbourne (5m)
  • Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway (5m)

Tourist Information

Tourist Information Centre
Cornfield Road
East Sussex
BN21 4QA

Phone 0871 6630031
Email tic@eastbourne.gov.uk

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Forecast for Saturday 22 September


Chance of rain 5%
Max temp. 13°C
(feels like 11°C)
Wind 3mph, gusting to 6mph.
Pressure 1021
Humidity 78%
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Chance of rain 10%
Max temp. 14°C
(feels like 12°C)
Wind 3mph, gusting to 4mph.
Pressure 1021
Humidity 71%
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Chance of rain 93%
Max temp. 13°C
(feels like 12°C)
Wind 2mph, gusting to 3mph.
Pressure 1020
Humidity 85%
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Chance of rain 95%
Max temp. 13°C
(feels like 11°C)
Wind 3mph, gusting to 4mph.
Pressure 1018
Humidity 91%
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Chance of rain 94%
Max temp. 13°C
(feels like 10°C)
Wind 5mph, gusting to 7mph.
Pressure 1015
Humidity 93%
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Chance of rain 77%
Max temp. 13°C
(feels like 10°C)
Wind 5mph, gusting to 7mph.
Pressure 1013
Humidity 94%
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This beach is situated at the base of the chalk cliffs called the Seven Sisters. The substrate is shingle giving way to sand with areas of rock pools and chalk from the cliffs. It is a voluntary marine nature reserve.

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