Find the nearest Beaches in East Sussex
Planning a trip to the East Sussex coast and looking for where the nearest beach is, our beach lists will help you discover the nearest beach to me. Then for each beach, we will answer questions around location, rural or town, sandy or pebble, rockpools, tide times, weather forecast, dog restrictions, bathing water quality, closest beach cafes and provide general information on the beach and its facilities.
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Finding the right beach in East Sussex is easy – simply explore the beach links below, to find the closest hit the jump to my location compass or use the search bar to plan where your next East Sussex beach visit should be.
- Eastbourne is a traditional British seaside resort with pier, bandstand, promenade and famed floral carpet gardens. Very popular shingle beach which has sandy stretches at mid to low tide. From the Wish Tower to the Pier the main resort beaches offers clean bathing water and safe bathing zone. Water sports, children’s theme parks, mini golf, gardens, a Victorian Pier, Napoleonic fortress, leisure pool, Sovereign Harbour, Dotto Train, boat trips to Beachy Head and a 1930’s Bandstand are just a few of the attractions along Eastbourne seafront. Deck chair and beach hut hire, lifeguards, first aid, kidzone wristbands, showers, refreshments, children entertainers and a slipway are among the many facilities.
- Winchelsea beach is shingle at high tide and sand at low. Just behind the beach is an area known as “The Ridges”– pebbles and rough land with a straggle of 1930’s bungalows on unmade roads. Good all-round family beach, swimming is safe and best at high tide and you also have a bird reserve nearby. Parking on the road, ice cream van if you are lucky. We have no dog information for Winchelsea beach.
- Eastbourne is a traditional British seaside resort with pier, bandstand, promenade and famed floral carpet gardens. The east beach stretches from the Pier to Redoubt Fortress and is a shingle beach which has sandy stretches at mid to low tide. Deck chair and beach hut hire, lifeguards, first aid, kidzone wristbands, showers, refreshments, children entertainers and a slipway are among the many facilities.
- Cuckmere Haven (also known as the Cuckmere Estuary) is a shingle beach with rock pools where the river Cuckmere meets the English Channel between Eastbourne and Seaford. The valley leading to the beach is a flower-rich chalk grassland with views of the Cuckmere River as it meanders towards Cuckmere Haven beach and the white chalk cliffs of the Seven Sisters. The beach sits within the Seven Sisters Country Park. At low tide ironwork from the wreck of the Polynesia, a German sailing ship that ran aground in April 1890 west of Beachy Head. The beach has had a history of smuggling and more recently during the Second World War was identified as a possible German landing site so you can still see the pillboxes, anti-tank obstacles/traps and ditches that were installed as a defense system. Car parking We have no dog information for Cuckmere Haven beach.
- Jury’s Gap beach is also known as Broomhill Sands and is at the eastern end of Camber Sands near to Jury’s Gap, hence the name. The beach is sandy with groynes and as the tide goes out you have a massive beach to play on. An excellent windsurfing and kite surfing beach and it has shallow water and lagoons either side of low tide. Jury’s Gap beach is really the watersports zone of Camber Sands and please check local signs to ensure you keep to the zone area. At low tide you have a lot of flat sand making this also a good kite buggy beach, check our tide times tab for help in planning your visit. Facilities include parking, toilets, food, more facilities towards Camber Sands.
- Camber Sands beach is hidden behind dunes and is a popular family sandy beach, with picturesque dunes and interesting wildlife. Camber Sands is very popular as it offers golden sand and dunes rather than the more traditional Sussex pebble beach. The beach is divided into zoned areas (bathing, dog restricted, watersports), please check the beach signs. The dunes are formed from the sand that is blown inland which builds up around plants, debris and fences. A large section of the western end sit within the Camber Sands and Rye Saltings Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), while the rest is designated a Site of Nature Conservation Importance The marram grass that you see covering much of the dunes has a deep root system which helps to hold the sand in place. Traditional chestnut fences along the beach help sand to build up more quickly. The combination of plants and fences at Camber Sands prevent the dunes from moving and burying the village. Facilities at the beach include seasonal lifeguards, public telephone, toilets with disabled access, children’s play area, slipway, Coastal Control Office for lost children, first aid, cafe and deckchair hire. The village of Camber is very close to the beach and you have a selection of holiday parks to the east of the village. In Camber Village you have a selection of cafes, chip shops, general stores, a post office and a couple of pubs. There are three main car parks, Western car park on New Lydd Road, Central car park, and the car park on Old Lydd road. Both Western and Central also has large overflow car parks. Only Central has direct access to the beach. You have to tackle steep soft sandy paths over the dunes to reach the beach from the Western car park, making this unsuitable for those with prams, or wheelchairs.
- Brighton beach is a long pebble beach attached to a vibrant town on the south coast under an hour’s journey from London. Although not one of the prettiest beaches in the UK it boasts an excellent location within Brighton and Hove. As one of the best entertainment stretches in the UK you have plenty to do in the day and also at night with pier, seaside arcades, funfairs and the classic Regency architecture of Brighton itself. The historic seafront Volks Electric Railway runs all the way to Brighton Marina from Brighton Pier regularly during the Summer season. If you include Brighton and Hove Beach you have nearly 11km of the seafront. Facilities are wide ranged as would expect: toilets, cafe, restaurants and bars, Brighton Pier, promenade, seaside arcades, funfair, electric railway, entertainment, beach volleyball.
- Newhaven Harbour beach is a small sandy beach within the harbour breakwaters that is exposed at low tide. The beach shares parking, cafe and slipway with the West Quay beach the other side of the breakwater. We have no dog information for Newhaven Harbour beach.
- Bulverhythe beach is pebbles and sand at low tide. The wreck of the Amsterdam is a feature of the Bulverhythe beach. The tops of its ribs being exposed in the sands. The Amsterdam was a large Dutch East Indian and ran ashore in a gales January 1749. A viewing platform and information boards give directions but care must be taken not to climb on the rocks of the sea defences, and not to damage the Amsterdam which is an historic wreck protected by English Heritage. Car parking. We have no dog information for Bulverhythe beach.
- Birling Gap is a beautiful pebble beach set below the dramatic backdrop of the Seven Sisters chalk cliffs. The beach is good for hunting fossils in the chalk on the beach or exploring the low tide rock pools. The beach is managed by the National Trust and you also have large grass areas to explore along the cliff tops. Pay and display National Trust car park (free for members), Birling Gap cafe, toilets, shop. Please be aware that you have 50 steps to gain access to the beach from the cliff top car park and facilities.