"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

Awards

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

Eastbourne
Tourist Information Centre
Cornfield Road
East Sussex
England
BN21 4QA

Phone 0871 6630031
Email tic@eastbourne.gov.uk

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Weather and Tides

Forecast for Wednesday 18 October

06:00


Chance of rain 8%
Max temp. 14°C
(feels like 11°C)
Wind 4mph, gusting to 5mph.
E
Pressure 1012
Humidity 91%
UV Index n/a
Air Quality

09:00


Chance of rain 71%
Max temp. 15°C
(feels like 14°C)
Wind 3mph, gusting to 4mph.
ESE
Pressure 1012
Humidity 97%
UV Index
Air Quality

12:00


Chance of rain 14%
Max temp. 16°C
(feels like 15°C)
Wind 2mph, gusting to 3mph.
S
Pressure 1011
Humidity 95%
UV Index
Air Quality

15:00


Chance of rain 5%
Max temp. 16°C
(feels like 16°C)
Wind 2mph, gusting to 3mph.
SSW
Pressure 1010
Humidity 94%
UV Index
Air Quality

18:00


Chance of rain 7%
Max temp. 16°C
(feels like 15°C)
Wind 2mph, gusting to 2mph.
SSE
Pressure 1011
Humidity 97%
UV Index n/a
Air Quality

21:00


Chance of rain 3%
Max temp. 15°C
(feels like 15°C)
Wind 2mph, gusting to 2mph.
SE
Pressure 1011
Humidity 98%
UV Index n/a
Air Quality
Low Tide
05:12 BST
(04:12 GMT)
High Tide
11:09 BST
(10:09 GMT)
Low Tide
17:33 BST
(16:33 GMT)
High Tide
23:29 BST
(22:29 GMT)

Important! Tide times are for the nearest measurement point and may not be accurate for this location. You should not rely on these times for anything other than a broad indication of when the tide will be at its highest or lowest.

In particular, these tide times are not suitable for navigational use. Accurate tide forecasts require complex calculations and detailed local information. If you intend to engage in any activity for which tidal information is important for safety reasons (including sailing, powerboating, diving, and surfing) then you should obtain professional data.

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Tell us what you think about Birling Gap Beach

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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