The seaside town of Eastbourne on the south coast of England is known for its pebble beaches, picturesque pier, and elegant Victorian architecture. Eastbourne Seafront hotels occupy most of the Victorian buildings stretching along the coast, an added enticement for visitors planning on staying in the town for a night or more. Other enticements include some stunning natural landmarks and a nostalgic seafront scene that appeals to families and couples alike.
Fly into Gatwick Airport and you'll land about 45 miles north of Eastbourne. Getting from the airport to hotels in Eastbourne is easy with a rental car from one of eight on-site rental companies. You'll also find taxi kiosks at both terminals. If you prefer to use public transport, you can take a train directly from the Gatwick Airport Station to Eastbourne or combine National Express buses with trains or local buses. If you'd like to spend some time in the U.K. capital as well as Eastbourne, book hotels in London and take the Gatwick Express nonstop train to Victoria station, where you can connect to destinations throughout the city. When you get to Eastbourne, see Beachy Head, a gleaming white chalk cliff to the immediate west of the town. At 531 feet, it's the highest sea cliff in the United Kingdom and features a lighthouse at its foot. Rent a car in Eastbourne and continue west to see the Seven Sisters, a spectacular series of chalk cliffs that make an enticing subject for photography. Also adding to the scenery of Eastbourne is its 1,000-foot-long pier, which was built in 1866, and a nostalgic bandstand. If you're traveling with kids, take them to the children's adventure park on the seafront or Shinewater Park, with its fishing lake and gardens. Cultural attractions in Eastbourne include the ornate Victorian Devonshire Park Theatre and the Towner Gallery.
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