Find The Nearest Beach East Sussex
Planning a trip to East Sussex and looking for the nearest beaches. The East Sussex coast offers busy seaside towns such as Brighton and Eastbourne, but also has the contrasting unspoilt locations such the white cliffs of the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head. Beaches range from large pebbles at Brighton to a sandy beach with dunes at Camber Sands.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Eastbourne Seafront has a number of beaches that offer slightly different experiences for the eastbourne visitor. Watersports including windsurfing and kayaking. Parking, toilets, showers, lifeguards, promenade, pier, restaurants, cafes, shops, beach huts, cabins, rentals (sun loungers, deckchairs), kidzsafe wristband scheme, children’s attractions and amusements. We have no dog information for Eastbourne Seafront beach.
- Covehurst Bay, also known as Fairlight Glen beach is mainly shingle with some large boulders and patches of sand at or near low tide. This area has a lot of erosion and access can be difficult and steep with some unstable sandstone and clay cliffs. The stability of the cliffs does make this a good beach for fossil hunting. Covehurst Bay is known as a naturist beach but is shared by non-naturist visitors. The beach has no facilities and parking is at the Hating Country Park Visitor Centre (pay and display) with then a walk, some 20 minutes, down to the beach through the park. Alternatively, you can take the coast path from Hastings which is 3.2 km (2 miles) to the west of the cove.
- 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.
- 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.
- Normans Bay beach is a wide-open expanse of beach. The beach is typical of this part of coast with pebbles at high tide and as the tide goes out large expanse of sand appears. A perfect beach for traditional family beach activities. Norman’s Bay does have a caravan park which gives you some facilities but also more people. Although, the beach is large so just wander along a bit for a space. Popular with watersports including sailing, windsurfing and kitesurfing. Normans Bay railway station serves Normans Bay in East Sussex and is positioned a short walk from the beach. The Sovereign Centre swimming pool is a 10-minute walk away. We have no dog information for Normans Bay beach.
- St. Leonards beach is shingle and sand as the tide goes out. The town of St. Leonards-on-Sea is full of Regency houses and is joined to Hastings. Car parking, toilets, cafes, bars and restaurants short walk and seasonal lifeguards on the Marina beach stretch. We have no dog information for St Leonards beach.
- 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.