Eating & shopping

Summer food and beach essentials

Buy beach essentials in our shop © National Trust/ David Cooper

Buy beach essentials in our shop

Add extra value to your seaside visit this summer with our great selection of beach accessories. Our range includes buckets & spades, sunscreen and fishing nets. While you're here join in our 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4 programme with a durable, hardback version of the event book. Our cafe has a delicious new range of children's meals including fish goujons, pizza baguettes and loaded potato skins. Every penny you spend helps us care for National Trust downland across Sussex.

Fun family events

Why not download a walk trail and take yourself off for some fresh air?  Or come and join  a fun family event for all?  For all of these and more visit our events page for some inspiration.

Yummy treats

A slice of delicious Victoria sponge

For traditional seaside fish & chips or another delicious treat make a selection from our lunch menu from 12-2.30pm.  Or visit any time for a hot drink, slice of cake or a cream tea.

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 throughout the winter, serving drinks, cakes, scones and sandwiches, from 10am until 4pm.  There is also a hot lunch food offer every day from 12-2.30pm.

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.