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Birling Gap, Eastbourne

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#2 of 6 in Nature in East Sussex
Geologic Formation Nature / Park
Part of the spectacular "Seven Sisters" chalk cliffs, the hamlet Birling Gap stretches along the south coast of East Sussex. The site acts as an entry point to the beach for beautiful coastal walks. On the cliff top sits a cafe for a warm drink on a windy day. Descend the steps to the beach, but be careful of their steepness. The beach itself provides a fantastic location for a picnic while enjoying the sea views and spectacular cliff formations. Discover marine life in the rock pools at low tide, but be sure to keep an eye on the tidal times. Be well prepared for changeable weather conditions by bringing jackets for rain and layers for blustery days. Plan to visit Birling Gap and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Eastbourne attractions using our Eastbourne travel itinerary planner.
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  • This area is great but so disappointing that every small parking area was fitted with a pay and display machine. Isn't one big enough near the main building ? Greedy !!!  more »
  • While starting on the 7 sisters walk from eastbourne, birling gap is a good pit stop to refresh and recharge. The point has fantastic views of the 7 sisters , ( the best view is from cuckmere Haven th...  more »
  • This is a great place for a walk and seeing beautiful views and taking beautiful photos. It is also very high up so makes you feel risky and free. Do not hang your legs over though and the cliff edge ...  more »

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Luxury resorts and hotels line the seashore with views over the water at Eastbourne Pier. A room along Seaside Road is an less expensive option that is close to the beach, shops, and eateries. Consider lodging with a view of the white cliffs or near the leisure-time activities in the center of the resort town.
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