Local area guide

Living in Eastbourne

Eastbourne’s gentleness has long attracted retirees, but its population is getting younger.

And there are some excellent Edwardian and Victorian homes available.

Let's take a look at what it's like to live in Brighton's less showy-offy neighbour.

Your guide to moving to Eastbourne

Why Eastbourne is a good place to live

Situated on the South Coast of England, Eastbourne boasts a beautiful seaside location with stunning beaches and a picturesque coastline.

Just an hour from Brighton and with Beachy Head and the South Downs National Park on its doorstep, its a great place for walking, cycling and enjoying nature.

The town boasts some beautiful parks and gardens, including Hampden Park, Friston Forest, Princes Park and the Carpet Gardens.

And of course, there's the famous Eastbourne Pier, where fab views of the English Channel can be enjoyed with fish and chips or an afternoon tea.

With a vibrant cultural scene, thanks to its theatres, galleries and cultural events, the town also hosts various beer and rock festivals, as well as the Eastbourne Airshow, popular with residents and visitors alike.

Eastbourne enjoys a serene and relaxed atmosphere and the architecture here is lovely, with plenty of Victorian and Edwardian homes available.

What's Eastbourne famous for?

Eastbourne is home to the Europe’s largest man-made marina, the Sovereign Harbour, which has a variety of restaurants, shops and attractions.

And its famous beach is a great place to take a dip: the sea water in Eastbourne is rated as “Excellent”, by the MCS Good Beach Guide.

Interesting fact: Eastbourne was the most bombed seaside town in England during WWII. Using Beachy Head as their landmark, bombers used to drop left over bombs over Eastbourne before they returned to Germany. Nearly 4,000 bombs fell on the town.

Things to do in Eastbourne

Enjoy an afternoon on Eastbourne pier where you can soak up the views, play in the arcades and enjoy a fish and chip supper.

Take a tour of Seven Sisters and the Birling Gap for a good old hike, or hire electric bikes for a more relaxing adventure.

Visit the beautiful South Downs National Park, right on Eastbourne's doorstep - several days can be spent exploring this stunner of a landscape.

Take a stroll along Eastbourne beach, it stretches for four miles from Sovereign Harbour to Beachy Head.

And long the way be sure to check out some of Eastbourne’s top attractions. You’ll see beautiful Victorian buildings, Eastbourne Pier, the iconic bandstand, Wish Tower, the Italian gardens and some lovely beach cafes.

Foodie fans are well catered for in the seaside town too. From the stunning views of the seafront Bistrot Pierre to five star dining at the Mirabelle, there are some top notch eateries.

Perch Princes Park is a lovely spot for brunch, while the award-winning La Locanda Del Duca is an Italian not to be missed. The gr/eat Greek Cuisine restaurant is the place to go for souvlaki and moussaka fans and Tuk Tuk is a tapas style Indian street food cafe that's well worth enjoying.

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  • Town House

    Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21

    A friendly local pub with traditional bar games, live sport screenings, karaoke and live music.

  • Crown & Anchor

    Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21

    The Crown & Anchor has become one of Eastbourne’s most exciting, up and coming pubs.

  • Marine

    Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN22

Transport in Eastbourne


Eastbourne Station provides regular services to London Victoria (around 1 hour and 30 minutes), Brighton (around 1 hour), and other destinations along the Southern Railway network.


Eastbourne benefits from an extensive bus network operated by Stagecoach and Brighton & Hove Buses.

Buses also connect the city to surrounding areas and beyond, including the picturesque South Downs, Brighton, Hastings and Tonbridge Wells.


Eastbourne is easily accessible by road, primarily through the A22 and A27, connecting to nearby towns and major cities.

The A22 connects to London, and the A27 provides routes to Brighton and other parts of the South Coast.

Eastbourne also has ample parking options, particularly around popular attractions like the seafront and the town center.


Newhaven ferry port is 15 miles from Eastbourne and connects to Dieppe in France with a choice of up to 20 ferry crossings per week.

The crossing takes around 4 hours and is operated by DFDS Seaways.


The nearest major airport to Eastbourne is Gatwick, approximately 45 miles away.

Accessible by road and train, driving takes just over an hour, while train travel takes around 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Eastbourne itself has a small airport, the Redoubt Fortress Heliport, mainly used for helicopter services.

Transport connections

National Rail
0.4 miles / 0.6 km
Hampden Park (Sussex)
National Rail
2 miles / 3.2 km
Pevensey & Westham
National Rail
3.6 miles / 5.8 km
Pevensey Bay
National Rail
4.1 miles / 6.6 km
National Rail
4.2 miles / 6.8 km
Normans Bay
National Rail
5.9 miles / 9.5 km

Schools in Eastbourne

Eastbourne has a variety of excellent schools rated Good by Ofsted.

For Primary aged children, St Thomas A Becket Catholic Primary School , Motcombe Infants' School, Pashley Down Infant School , Heron Park Primary Academy and Parkland Junior School are among those rated Good.

For primary through to secondary secondary schools, Gildredge House and The Cavendish School have both been rated Good by Osted.

And for secondary education only, Ratton School , Willingdon Community School and St Catherine’s CofE School have all been rated Good.

For further education, the University of Brighton has a campus in Eastbourne, offering various undergraduate and postgraduate programs, particularly in the fields of sport and health sciences, specialising in medicine, nursing, engineering and pharmacy.

Additionally, the University of Sussex, located in nearby Brighton, is a well-regarded institution that offers one of the widest course ranges of any university, spread across the arts and humanities, sciences and social sciences.

Some of their courses are internationally recognised, such as Development Studies, which is ranked 1st in the world (QS World Rankings by Subject 2022).

Schools in Eastbourne

Bourne Primary School
Ages: 3 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Requires improvement (2021)
Anderida Learning Centre
Ages: 11 - 18 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2019)
Eastbourne College
Ages: 12 - 19 years old
Roselands Infants' School
Ages: 4 - 7 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2023)
St Thomas A Becket Catholic Primary School
Ages: 4 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2022)
Gildredge House
Ages: 4 - 16 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2018)