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Notice: Wealden District Council will be temporarily closing access to the beach at Birling Gap from Tuesday 7th – Friday 24th May. This is to allow them to improve the access to the beach for future years and ensure the safety of visitors to the site so there will be no access to the beach at all during this time. But there is still plenty to enjoy so why not pop down and visit the cafe and enjoy a delicious meal, sample a Sussex ice cream from our new ice cream parlour, or enjoy a beautiful coastal downland walk.
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.
Work is starting on an exciting new refurbishment at Birling Gap, which will result in a new café, shop and visitor centre. We've outgrown the existing facilities, so changes are planned that will make sure this beautiful site is an even better destination for a fun day out. Part of the work will see a new, expand...
50 things to do at Birling Gap
Come and join us for some family fun with 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾. We have lots of self-guided activities as well as events, so if you don't know where to start why not try one of our top five fun activities?
- Check out the crazy creatures in a rock pool
- Fly a kite
- Hunt for fossils and bones
- Catch a crab
- Go wild swimming