Eating & shopping

Festive fun

A wonderful display of seasonal and festive goods in a National Trust shop © National Trust

A wonderful display of seasonal and festive goods in a National Trust shop

There is always a warm welcome from Retail Manager Sally and her team of staff and volunteers. They are always happy to advise you on any of your purchases, and have selected a wonderful range of festive gifts, food and decorations to help your Christmas come to life. From delicious traditional Christmas puddings, handmade biscuits, chutneys that are a perfect addition to a Boxing Day supper, and wonderful bags of fudge and toffee. If you're looking for that perfect gift then why not pop in and let us help you.

Gorgeous gifts

A wonderful display of festive goods in a National Trust shop © National Trust/ David Cooper

A wonderful display of festive goods in a National Trust shop

If you're stuck for ideas for that perfect Christmas gift then look no further. Beautiful handmade picnic rugs, books of all shapes, topics and sizes, bags, scarves, biscuits and more, there really is something for everyone. There are also some great offers available including 3 for 2 on all Christmas cards, so why not pop in for a festive bargain. With sale items available throughout the year and bargain 'pocket' money' items perfect for stocking fillers, it really is a great time to pop in and check out the wonderful seasonal items for sale.

The perfect tree

A beautiful gift-shaped Christmas decoration, perfect for any tree © National Trust

A beautiful gift-shaped Christmas decoration, perfect for any tree

A beautifully decorated tree is often the centre piece for every family Christmas. With everyone helping to decorate with both new and old cherished ornaments passed down though the years, dressing the tree is a wonderful way to kick start the festive season. With a fantastic selection of decorations to choose from, the Birling Gap shop is the perfect place to find those quirky, unusual and traditional bits and pieces that will make your tree sparkle.

Fun family events

Stuck for inspiration for Christmas present ideas? Then why not visit our wonderful Christmas Fair on Sunday 14 December, or blow away the festive cobwebs with our Boxing Day warmer walk.

Comfort food

Enjoy a glass of warming mulled wine in the cafe

If you're tired out from shopping or need warming up after a bracing walk then why not join us for a glass of warming mulled wine and a mince pie, or something more substantial from our winter menu.

Dogs welcome

Dog walking on the South Downs

Do you often find yourself waiting outside with the dog while your partner and kids enjoy the shop or café? Here at Birling Gap our shop and visitor centre welcome dogs on leads and their owners.

Cream tea, sea, and so much more....

Our cliff top café has an ever changing view of the cliffs and sea with outside seating for a leisurely meal. So on a wonderful clear crisp winter days why not wrap up warmly and enjoy your coffee outside. If it's a little on the chilly side then relax in our light and airy inside seating area. The café is open every day (except Christmas Eve and Christmas day) throughout the winter, serving drinks, cakes and scones, sandwiches and hot food, from 10am until 4pm.

Free parking

A car parking sign at Studland Beach, Dorset

One of the many benefits of National Trust membership is free parking. But for our other visitors, if you spend over £10 in one transaction in either our shop or cafe we will refund your car parking fee. Just bring the tear off part of your parking ticket in to our cafe or shop, present it to our staff when you are paying, and they will happily deduct it from your bill. Or why not join today and enjoy free parking all year round.