Eastbourne (say East-born) is a large town and borough of East Sussex, in the historic County of Sussex, on the south coast of England, with an estimated population of 97,992 as of 2009. The area has seen human activity since the Stone Age and it remained one of small settlements until the 19th century when its four hamlets gradually merged to form a town. Assisted by the arrival of the railway in 1849, Eastbourne became a prime Victorian era seaside resort and still is today.
 
Eastbourne is situated at the eastern end of the South Downs alongside the famous Beachy Head cliff. The sheltered position of the main town behind the cliff contributes to Eastbourne's title of sunniest place in Great Britain.
 
Although Eastbourne has some industrial trading estates, it is essentially a seaside resort and derives its main income from tourism. Its facilities include four theatres, numerous parks, a bandstand and museums. The focus of the tourism trade is the four miles (6 km) of shingle beach, lined with a seafront of hotels and guest houses.
 

Why visit?

  • Eastbourne is home to a range of cultural attractions, from art galleries and museums to theatres and music venues. There's something for everyone, so why not explore the local culture and see what Eastbourne has to offer?
  • Every summer, Eastbourne hosts the Eastbourne Airshow, one of the largest airshows in the UK. With a range of aircrafts, displays and entertainment, it's a great day out for all the family.
  • Eastbourne is home to some of the most stunning beaches in the UK, with miles of golden sand and crystal clear waters. Whether you're looking for a relaxing day by the sea or an action-packed day of watersports, Eastbourne has something for everyone.