Luxury holidays in Eastbourne

A quiet transformation has been brewing along the shingle coast of Eastbourne. In an attempt at reinvention, it’s ditched the dancehalls and tea cakes for contemporary art and avocado toast, though its by-gone pleasures are still keenly felt. More Costa del kitsch than Côte d’Azur, the faded grandeur, clinquant pier, buckets n’ spades and penny arcades are all part of its charm. Bordering the westernmost edge of the South Downs, it’s the perfect gateway for those looking to explore the literary landscapes and rolling hills of this breathtaking national park.

When to go

Though the Great British weather is notoriously fickle, it’s worth placing your bets on Eastbourne, England’s sunniest spot. While the summer months boast particularly favourable climes, perfect for seaside shenanigans, autumn and winter also have their fair share of pluses. Think crisp autumn strolls along the chalk cliffs, twinkling Christmas markets and mulled wine around the bandstand.

Getting there

  • Planes

    The closest international hub is London Gatwick. Find direct flights here from most major UK and European cities, as well as from the USA, Asia and the Middle East. By car, the journey takes just over an hour, though the regular Southern Rail train service from Gatwick gets you there in 55 minutes.
  • Automobiles

    With a compact town centre, you won’t need a car to explore Eastbourne itself, but if you plan on exploring the coast or the South Downs, four wheels are your best bet. Enterprise ( have a variety of vehicles available for pickup in Eastbourne.