Things to see & do

Rock pooling and fossil hunting

The gleaming Seven Sisters chalk cliffs: A coastline left as nature meant © Georgia Connely

The gleaming Seven Sisters chalk cliffs: A coastline left as nature meant

From Birling Gap car park, head down the steps to the beach for an excellent spot to paddle and explore the rock pools. For a glimpse into the past, hunt for fossils in the chalk falls on the beach.

Walking

A walk at Crowlink brings stunning vistas at every turn © Adrian Harrison

A walk at Crowlink brings stunning vistas at every turn

Spectacular views of the Seven Sisters make for enjoyable family walks. If you feel like a longer stroll, join the South Downs Way over the Seven Sisters hills. 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.

Surfing

Birling Gap is one of the best spots to surf in the South East © National Trust

Birling Gap is one of the best spots to surf in the South East

With a south-west-facing beach, Birling Gap is one of the best spots to surf in the South East. Why not complete your day with a visit to our tea-room and bar for a well-earned bite to eat?

Beachy Head

Beachy Head © Alexandra Bosly/National Trust

Beachy Head

Extend your visit from Birling Gap and visit the nearby landmarks of Beachy Head and East Dean village.

What's on?

There is more to do at Birling Gap than just visit. Rock-pool rambles, fossil hunts, sunset suppers and guided walks are a selection of some of our events.

Don't miss...

  • Hunting for fossils in fresh chalk falls
  • Walking the Seven Sisters
  • Stunning views in the clear winter air
  • Fish and chips at the Birling Gap Café
  • Gorgeous sunsets over the chalk cliffs

What's nearby?

Just 1 mile from Birling Gap and in the heart of the Beachy Head area is the beautiful village of East Dean. Here you will find places to eat, drink and shop as well as accommodation should you wish to linger for longer in the area.

Wave jumpers © National Trust

Wave jumpers

29 things to do before you're 11 ¾

Here at Birling Gap we've counted 29 things for you to tick off your 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ list. They include rock pooling, kite flying and bug hunting. Have a go, you may even find more than we did.

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