Eastbourne beach

EASTBOURNE is a picturesque seaside town on the south east coast of England.

Known as the UK’s sunniest place, it is the perfect place for a summer getaway with family or friends.

Is Eastbourne beach worth visiting?

Eastbourne’s beach – which is predominantly shingle – stretches for over three miles.

The main beach is situated between the Pier Main Resort beach and the Wish Tower.

The Victorian Pier is fully equipped with shops, a chippy, a waterfront cafe, Atlantis nightclub and tea rooms.

As well as that, you can fish from the end of the pier – if you have permission and a licence.

Eastbourne beach is divided by wooden groynes (Credit: Nick Rowland/Flickr)

At the end of the Pier is a nightclub – which is hugely popular with students on Wednesday and Saturday nights.

On days when the nightclub is closed, the Pier is open from 9am until 6pm.

The seafront, which is home to the Floral Carpet Gardens, is lined with Victorian hotels and restaurants.

Visitors can also rent beach huts if they want somewhere to relax away from the hustle and bustle of the beach.

Parking can be tricky in the area as the town is populated with university students.

You can park along the seafront – but will need to get a pay and display ticket from the machine.

Alternatively, you can drive around the nearby streets in the hope for a space.

There’s lots to do in Eastbourne including visiting the newly-refurbished Arndale Centre.

There’s also a cinema, harbour, 3G football pitch and a wide range of restaurants.

As well as that, it is just a half hour train journey away from Brighton.

If you want to spend the night in the area, check out the Cavendish Hotel – with prices starting as low as £30 per night.

How do I get to Eastbourne beach?

The beach in Eastbourne is clearly signposted from the town centre.

Eastbourne’s train station is around a 20 minute walk from the seafront.

Outside of the station you will find a taxi rank if you do not fancy the walk.

If you’re looking for a cheaper option, the bus costs just £1 and takes 20 minutes.

Is Eastbourne beach dog friendly?

Dogs are banned from the main beach from 1 May until 30 September.

These areas should be clearly signposted when you arrive.

Dogs are allowed on other areas of the beach during this time – but must be kept on a lead.

Litter bins have been installed along the beachfront.

Things to consider when taking your dog to the beach

Dogs love a nice trip to the seaside, just like their human companions. 

But there are a number of rules and tips to consider when heading to the beach.

These include: 

  • Check with beach management to see if dogs are allowed
  • Take poo bags to clear up their mess
  • Bring a lead – dogs have to be on a leash on some beaches at all times
  • Avoid the big crowds
  • Consider some people may not like dogs
  • Take plenty of fresh water and a bowl for your dog
  • Take a first aid kit in case your dog becomes injured
  • Check for local vets in case of emergency
  • Make sure your dog is wearing their collar and ID tag
  • If they are wear a GPS tracker, make sure it is fully charged
  • Take spare towels to dry them
  • Keep an eye on your dog at all times

Looking for a beach near you? Check out our full UK dog-friendly beach guide.

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