Birling Gap | Day Out With The Kids

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Attraction Currently Closed

Birling Gap

  • Eastbourne
  • Outdoor
  • All Ages
  • Beaches

Attraction Currently Closed

As a result of the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, all National Trust sites, including parks, garden and all car parks, will be closed to the public until further notice. We'll keep this updated with news of opening/closure changes, but always recommend to check before you travel.

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Attraction Information

Birling Gap offers a chalk and shingle beach great for rock pooling and fossil hunting at low tide. With a south west facing beach it is very popular with surfers and kite fliers too so really whatever sort of thing you fancy doing there's plenty of it here!
The 50 steps from the car park lead down to a safe spot for paddling so be careful with little legs! There is no lifeguard cover at any time so it's best to stick to paddling unless you're a good strong swimmer and have people watching out for you!
There are excellent walks on the South Downs Way over the Seven Sisters hills, and this area is really populous with butterflies. Immediate vicinity amenities include a toilet block, cafe and ice cream bar with more available at the local landmarks of Beachy Head and East Dean Village.
Please note that apparently some regard the lowest part of the beach by the South Downs as an unofficial nudist beach, so do plan in advance which 'bits' you want to see!

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Opening hours

Year round access. No lifeguard cover at any time.


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Travel & Contact Information


East Dean, near, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN20 0AB, England

Phone number

01323 423197



Click here to visit Birling Gap's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking onsite.

Yes, there are toilets, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.

Being a National Trust property there are public loos at the visitor centre!

Yes, there are baby changing facilities.

Yes, you can bring a picnic.

Yes, there is an onsite restaurant and snacks are available.

The Dolphin Fish Bar is one street away from the shore up between Latimer and Marine Roads; plus The National Trust Cafe is in the NT centre up by the Belletoute Lighthouse.

Yes, Birling Gap is wheelchair friendly and has accessible toilets.

Birling Gap has not told us if they are fully pushchair friendly.

Birling Gap has not told us if they are dog friendly.

Additional Info

Anything else I should know?

There is an onsite shop

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