"Sittin' on the dock of the bay"


Eastbourne is a large town and borough in East Sussex, on the south coast of England, 17 miles east of Brighton. It is situated immediately east of Beachy Head, the highest chalk sea cliff in Great Britain and an area of outstanding natural beauty. This sheltered position contributes to Eastbourne’s title of sunniest place in Great Britain.

Eastbourne is a relatively new town. Prior to 1800, the area existed as four separate hamlets and surrounding farmland. The town grew as a fashionable tourist resort largely thanks to prominent landowner, William Cavendish, later known as the Duke of Devonshire. Cavendish appointed architect Henry Currey to design a street plan for the town, but not before sending him off to Europe to draw inspiration. The resulting mix of architecture is typically Victorian and remains a key feature of Eastbourne. As a seaside resort, Eastbourne derives a large and increasing income from tourism. Conferences, public events, parks, traditional seaside attractions and cultural sightseeing are among the things on offer. The other main industries in Eastbourne include: trade and retail, healthcare, education, construction, manufacturing, professional scientific and the technical sector. The town has a growing population; it currently stands at 99,412. The 2011 census shows that the average age of residents has decreased as the town has attracted students, families and those commuting to London and Brighton.

Local authority: East Sussex County Council

OS Grid Reference: TV608991

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Things to see and do in and around Eastbourne

  • The Play Station Eastbourne
  • Beckhurst Glass The Glass Studio
  • How We Lived Then
  • Leos Play Den
  • Eastbourne Pier
  • The Lifeboat Museum
  • Treasure Island
  • Redoubt Fortress and Military Museum
  • The Redoubt Fortress
  • Super Splash
  • Princes Park
  • Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway
  • Laser Quest Eastbourne
  • Lloyds Lanes Eastbourne
  • Fort Fun
  • Sovereign Centre Leisure Pools
  • Shinewater Park
  • Beachy Head Countryside Centre
  • Isobel Kennett Crafts
  • Seven Sisters Sheep Centre
  • Filching Manor Motor Museum
  • J C J Pottery
  • Pevensey Castle and Old Court House

Tourist Information

Tourist Information Centre
Cornfield Road
East Sussex
BN21 4QA

Phone 0871 6630031
Email tic@eastbourne.gov.uk

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