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Surf, go rock pooling or relax in the sun
Birling Gap and Crowlink, near Eastbourne in East Sussex, are part of the world famous Seven Sisters chalk cliffs, one of the longest stretches of undeveloped coastline on the south coast.
One minute you can be walking on ancient downland, the next you could be rockpooling below towering cliffs of chalk. Spectacular, unspoilt views of the sea can be seen from all angles.
Birling Gap provides a point of entry for delightful walks and you can find a National Trust café here on the cliff top. The beach below is ideal for seaside picnics with its rock pools and areas of pebbles and sand. It is a great example of a marine nature reserve.
The wild forces of the sea create unusual chalk platforms and huge heaps of gleaming white chalk as the cliffs erode at up to one metre a year. For a more secluded walk venture inland at Birling Gap or Crowlink. With over 500 acres of open chalk grassland the area is rich with butterflies and downland flowers. Nearby sites of archaeological interest, like Belle Tout neolithic enclosure, have much to tempt families further along the coast.
Things are changing at Birling Gap
After six months of hard work, banging and disruption we are thrilled to announce the opening of our new café area and shop. We welcome over 350,000 visitors every year and have outgrown the existing facilities, so changes are planned that will ensure this beautiful site is an even better destination for a fun day out. Over the next year you can expect to see a beautiful new garden, a new shop and extended cafe, a new information centre and improvements to the car park.
Delicious desserts and tummy yummy food
The new and improved café area offers extra space for 60 people plus a comfy soft seating area. From here you can relax and enjoy delicious food, beautiful views over the sea and our exclusive new Harold Mockford paintings which the family have kindly let us use. Or you can visit our new ice cream parlour serving local Sussex ice cream.
Our new shop sells locally sourced items, seaside goods and traditional National Trust favourites from fishing nets to fleeces, books to buckets and spades. We hope you find everthing you need. If there is something you would like to see us stock but do not currently hold, please let us know and we'll see what we can do.
Fun events and activities
Winter is a great time to be out and about, with beautiful views to be had in the clear air.
Get festive and find Christmas gifts and decorations from local craft stalls at Birling Gap.
Why not wander up to Belle Tout or Crowlink for a gentle ramble and wide-reaching sea views?
Come and join us for some family fun. Why not try one of our top five fun activities:
- No. 37 Check out the crazy creatures in a rock pool
- No. 7 Fly a kite
- No. 26 Hunt for fossils and bones
- No. 30 Catch a crab
- No. 42 Go swimming in the sea