Birling Gap | Day Out With The Kids

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Birling Gap

Eastbourne, East Sussex, England

Attraction Information

  • Beaches icon Beaches

Suitable for all ages

Venue type: Outdoor

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!


  • Picnics Allowed Picnics Allowed
  • Restaurant Onsite Restaurant Onsite
  • Onsite Shop Onsite Shop
  • Snacks Available Snacks Available
  • Wheelchair Friendly Wheelchair Friendly
  • Toilets Available Toilets Available
  • Baby Changing Available Baby Changing Available
  • Disabled Toilets Available Disabled Toilets Available
  • Parking Available On-site Parking Available On-site

Getting There and Contact Information


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


Click here to visit Birling Gap's website
01323 423197

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

Year round access. No lifeguard cover at any time.


No fees.

More Information

Eating information

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.


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


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Eastbourne, East Sussex, England

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