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My top five places to visit in Eastbourne

Eastbourne – regularly cited as being the sunniest place in the UK, there are countless reasons why you should be excited to move here. From its vast range of shops, bars, and restaurants to its sweeping seafront, there really is something for everyone. I have lived in Eastbourne for under one year now but have already explored a lot of what there is to offer. To find out my top five picks for things to do and see in Eastbourne, just keep reading.

Top places in Eastbourne – Beachy Head

Beachy Head scenic viewThe impressive Beachy Head is no secret to locals and tourists, but I never realised until moving to the area to study my degree how accessible and close this landmark was. If you are based in university halls or anywhere near the town centre you can climb to the top of these impressive cliffs in anywhere between 30-40 minutes, with plenty of benches and grassy spots to sit and enjoy a picnic and take some beautiful photos of Eastbourne from the top. Beware, it’s rather hilly but worth it as a day trip!

Top places in Eastbourne – Urban Ground

Lunch at Urban Ground

If all that walking makes you thirsty, Urban Ground is my favourite spot for a top-quality coffee and a delicious lunch. There are two branches in Eastbourne, both in the centre of town and a short walk away from halls and the Beacon shopping centre. Its relaxing atmosphere and spacious tables makes for a great study spot with friends during exam season.

Top places in Eastbourne – Gildredge Park

Flowers in Gildredge Park

Gildredge Park is my go-to spot for days out with friends. Whether we grab a coffee in the park’s café and go for an autumn walk around the gardens or sit in the sun with a picnic, it’s perfect for all seasons. It’s packed with tennis courts, benches, gardens, and a skate park, so whatever your favourite outdoor activity is then you are likely to be able to find it at Gildredge Park.

Top places in Eastbourne – Holywell Retreat

Holywell Retreat coastline

No matter the weather, Holywell is a beautiful part of the beach that is a well-kept secret. Based at the foot of the South Downs, there is an impressive view of the Beachy Head cliffs and a great café just next to it. It’s a lovely location for a walk on a colder day, but particularly enjoyable to relax on and catch some rays at the hotter times of the year, and not far from university halls either.

Top places in Eastbourne – K Star

Meal at K Star

Something that I particularly enjoy about Eastbourne is its variety of restaurants and cafes that can’t be found in any other town in the UK. K Star was my first experience of Korean cuisine, and I must admit that I was really impressed. Its vast ranges of authentic Korean dishes and friendly staff makes for a really enjoyable night out, minus the extortionate prices that often come with it.



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Jenny Bathurst • 22nd July 2021

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