Birling Gap 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.

Dog Friendly Beach?

We have no current information on dog restrictions for Birling Gap Beach.

Why not check other beaches nearby as we have 23 beaches in East Sussex, or check our list of East Sussex Dog Friendly Beaches.

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Birling Gap Beach Water Quality

Water samples are taken at regular intervals during the bathing season and at the end of the season the water quality is classified as:
  - Excellent: the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest
  - Good: generally good water quality
  - Sufficient: meets minimum standards
  - Poor: You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

7 Day Weather Forecast

Expect a temp in the range 3.4℃ to 5.5℃ with wind speed 7.4 m/sec (N)
Saturday, Jan 28cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 0.4℃ to 2.4℃ with wind speed 4.7 m/sec (N)
Sunday, Jan 29partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 2.6℃ to 4.6℃ with wind speed 2.4 m/sec (WNW)
Monday, Jan 30cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 7.9℃ to 8.4℃ with wind speed 7.8 m/sec (W)
Tuesday, Jan 31partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 3.4℃ to 6.9℃ with wind speed 3.8 m/sec (W)
Wednesday, Feb 01clearsky_night
Expect a temp in the range 4.2℃ to 5.7℃ with wind speed 6.7 m/sec (W)
Thursday, Feb 02cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 3.7℃ to 5.3℃ with wind speed 6.6 m/sec (WNW)

Eastbourne weather forecast from Yr, delivered by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and NRK

Birling Gap Beach Tide Times

Tide times are available at around 600 locations and the closest location to Birling Gap Beach is at Eastbourne 7.48 km (4.65 miles) away. Tides are displayed beneath for up to 7 days and we list both high and low water times along with the height. These times are not adjusted for BST.

Fri 27 Jan
   High Tide at 02:54 (Height 7.29m)
   Low Tide at 09:34 (Height 1.06m)
   High Tide at 15:11 (Height 6.82m)
   Low Tide at 21:55 (Height 1.06m)
Sat 28 Jan
   High Tide at 03:38 (Height 6.86m)
   Low Tide at 10:21 (Height 1.37m)
   High Tide at 15:57 (Height 6.33m)
   Low Tide at 22:43 (Height 1.44m)
Sun 29 Jan
   High Tide at 04:25 (Height 6.35m)
   Low Tide at 11:13 (Height 1.72m)
   High Tide at 16:49 (Height 5.81m)
   Low Tide at 23:37 (Height 1.85m)
Mon 30 Jan
   High Tide at 05:19 (Height 5.86m)
   Low Tide at 12:19 (Height 2.03m)
   High Tide at 17:53 (Height 5.39m)
Tue 31 Jan
   Low Tide at 00:49 (Height 2.17m)
   High Tide at 06:26 (Height 5.51m)
   Low Tide at 13:36 (Height 2.16m)
   High Tide at 19:13 (Height 5.22m)
Wed 01 Feb
   Low Tide at 02:07 (Height 2.25m)
   High Tide at 07:47 (Height 5.47m)
   Low Tide at 14:45 (Height 2.06m)
   High Tide at 20:37 (Height 5.42m)
Thu 02 Feb
   Low Tide at 03:11 (Height 2.10m)
   High Tide at 09:00 (Height 5.72m)
   Low Tide at 15:40 (Height 1.81m)
   High Tide at 21:37 (Height 5.82m)

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