Eastbourne & the Sussex Sunshine Coast

Sussex boasts one of Britain’s finest unspoilt coastlines, dotted with classic seaside resorts that offer a hint of nostalgia with their traditional attractions. From our base in bustling Eastbourne we explore more of this picturesque coastline including the iconic cliffs at Beachy Head and the quaint seaside town of Bexhill-on-Sea. We also head inland to discover the charming village of Alfriston and the beautiful historic house and gardens of Great Dixter.

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Holiday Highlights

  • Return coach travel
  • 4 nights at a selected hotel, Eastbourne with dinner & breakfast
  • Entertainment some evenings
  • Excursions to Bexhill-on-Sea, Great Dixter, Beachy Head & Alfriston

    Optional excursion to Rye & Hastings (£12pp)

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Imperial Hotel

We’ll stay at one of two hotels in Eastbourne:

The Cumberland Hotel is located on Eastbourne seafront, overlooking the promenade. All en-suite rooms offer a TV and tea and coffee-making facilities. The hotel is within walking distance of the town centre and also features a lounge and restaurant with sea views.

Upgrade to a sea view room at the Cumberland Hotel for £25 per person, per stay

The Imperial Hotel is located across the road from the promenade and bandstand, less than a hundred yards from the seafront and within walking distance of Eastbourne town centre. The comfortable en-suite rooms offer tea and coffee-making facilities. The hotel also features a relaxing lounge area and restaurant.

Upgrade to a premier room at the Imperial Hotel for £25 per person, per stay (mineral water, chocolates, biscuits and hot chocolate provided as well as toiletries topped up each day)

Hotel Rating

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Included Excursions
Bexhill-on-Sea & Great Dixter (full day)
Our day begins with a visit to the charming seaside town of Bexhill-on-Sea. Little changed since the 1950s and 1960s, the town offers a two-mile long seafront promenade, a gently sloping beach, an abundance of Edwardian and Victorian architecture, and the famous 1930s De La Warr Pavilion – now a centre for contemporary art.

Afterwards, we head to Great Dixter, home of gardener and gardening writer Christopher Lloyd, where we have the chance to enjoy both the house and gardens. The house, although largely medieval, has several later additions by architect Edwin Lutyens and highlights include the Great Hall, one of the largest surviving timber-framed halls in the country. The famous gardens feature topiary, mixed borders, an orchard and wild flower meadow.

Beachy Head & Alfriston (full day)
We enjoy a scenic drive along part of the glorious Sussex Heritage Coast, stopping to admire the spectacular chalk cliffs at Beachy Head. These dramatic 530 feet high cliffs give stunning views over Eastbourne, the English Channel and the famous Seven Sisters – the perfect photo opportunity!

We continue on to the picturesque village of Alfriston. Nestled in the valley of the River Cuckmere, it is full of charming old buildings, gift shops, tearooms and traditional inns. Alfriston also boasts a village green and St Andrew's church, built in the form of a cross and known locally as ‘the cathedral of the South Downs’.

Optional Excursion
Rye & Hastings – £12pp (full day)
On our optional excursion, we call first at the fortified hilltop town of Rye, a place full of olde-worlde charm with winding cobbled lanes, secret passages and historic buildings. We then head to the coastal town of Hastings, which boasts the remains of the first castle in England to be built by William the Conqueror and a lovely preserved Old Town with half-timbered houses and narrow streets. There’s also the refurbished pier topped with pastel beach huts.