One of the most elegant coastal resorts in England, Eastbourne continues to attract the crowds to its boardwalk, beach, and wide range of family-friendly attractions. Located on the south coast, not far from Brighton, the city is a more sedate alternative to its neighbour, but still has plenty of energy to make a visit unforgettable. When you book a hotel in Eastbourne, you can take it easy with mini-golf, spa treatments, and gallery visits, get your heart pumping with epic clifftop walks, sample the entertainment of the pier, or go back in time on restored steam railways. And arranging a visit couldn't be simpler. Just head to the eDreams search engine, filter hotel deals for the features you need, and check out detailed maps of the local area. That way, you can quickly narrow down the options, and find somewhere that's totally in tune with your holiday priorities.
When you spend time at a local hotel Eastbourne has a lot to offer - more than you might expect. The coast is the star turn here, including a shingle beach, and the beautiful Grand Parade - a sign of the resort's 19th century heyday. Don't miss the stunning flower arrangements, which are a huge source of pride for locals. And if you want evening diversion, the Winter Gardens theatre is a major venue for plays, music, dance, and more. While the town's pier stretches for over 300 metres into the English Channel. If you want nightlife, or just fresh sea air, it's the place to head. Back on land, Eastbourne Redoubt is a formidable fortress, which guarded the south coast from French invasion, while the Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway Adventure Park will be a spellbinding experience for kids and adult railway fans alike. If you have the time, a walk up to Beachy Head is recommended as well, not least for the sublime views of the area's chalk cliffs. But you can limit yourself to the town itself and still enjoy a break. From the Towner Gallery to gorgeous Meads Village, there's a lot to get through. Or you could just book a beach hut and take things slow. It's up to you.
Most visitors start their search for comfortable, cheap hotels in the area with Grand Parade. And it's easy to see why. If you want fine architecture and sea views with your hotel Eastbourne doesn't really have any better areas to offer. It's also close to shops and transport links, so the seafront is a good bet for sightseeing. However, don't be shy about staying a little further inland. Old Town is a laid back part of Eastbourne, and a good place to book a hotel for couples. It's full of pubs and eating spots, while providing a convenient base for walks in the nearby South Downs, or along coastal paths to Beachy Head. To the north, Pevensey Bay is an option, and its beach probably trumps Eastbourne's own, so it could suit families. Meads and Holywell to the south are great for cliff-walkers, and have a bit more nightlife than other areas, thanks to the presence of a couple of universities. Finally, Roselands in northern Eastbourne is also worth a look. Hosting the waterslides of Fort Fun and Treasure Island Adventure Park, it's ideal for visitors with youngsters in their party.