Find the Pilot Inn at the foot of the Downs, just off Dukes Drive, in Meads Street, Eastbourne. Meads is lively local area to the West of Eastbourne, with a variety of shops and businesses. Go below the map to find our take on what is right on our doorstep. You can get a great idea about the immediate local area by visiting our videos page and looking at the second video down.
Walk just 100 metres and you will find yourself on Helen Garden, a grassy area above Holywell, with its promenade and café. Climb up the footpath from the foot of the Downs, and the start of the Beachy Head Marathon. After getting your breath back turn round to see a panorama of Eastbourne, with the seafront gardens, groynes and beach and the pier. Beyond the bay you will make out Pevensey Bay and then Bexhill and Hastings in the distance. Venture further along the coastal paths and you will come to the Beachy Head pub, and beyond that Belle Toute lighthouse, and Beachy Head Lighthouse,
before coming to Birling Gap. The downland which has been farmed for centuries is dotted by thousands of sheep, with a sheep centre to further enlighten you. The chalk downs drain quickly and are usefully mud free, you won’t need hiking boots to wander along most of the paths.
Eastbourne is dotted with theatres, with a variety of productions for those who enjoy a spot or culture.
The Towner Gallery is on one side of the Congress Theatre.
For those who can drag themselves away from the Pilot Inn food, there is all manner of restaurants in the town centre and beyond. Eastbourne is home to many independent businesses, a concentration of which can be found in the South Street area, which is found a short distance from the railway station.
The bandstand is allegedly the busiest in England and attracts full houses for everything from brass bands, and orchestras to tribute and original rock and pop acts. The shingle beach is very fine, easy to swim off at high tide, with sand and rock pools when the tide goes out too. Further afield in Sussex the scenery is also stunning with views from High and Over near Alfriston being just one example. The Pilot Inn is a great base to explore from. We carry a range of pamphlets to help you find things to do. And you can just ask us, or a friendly local.