Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters

Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters

Things to see and do 

Clambering over rocks on the beach

Things to see and do this winter at Birling Gap 

There’s so much for you and your family to see and do at Birling Gap. Tracker packs for beach scavenger hunts and fossil hunting can be picked up from the Visitor Centre.

Three people walk along the top of the magnificent Seven Sisters cliffs with distant views behind of sea , horizon, Birling Gap coastguard cottages and Belle tout lighthouse

Wonderful walking at Birling Gap 

Step out and enjoy big skies and coastal landscapes throughout the year. A perfect spot to enjoy big skies, seascapes, changing colours and quiet walks.

Dog walking on a lead

Walking your dog at Birling Gap 

The South Downs are a great place to walk your dog, so there's always somewhere near to you where you can enjoy this rich countryside throughout the year.

Crashing waves can increase the chance of cliff falls

Stay safe when visiting Birling Gap 

When visiting the coast stay away from the cliff edge and think about your safety and the safety of others. It isn’t safe to sit or stand close to the edge of the cliffs as they may be unstable or undercut in places.

Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters

What's on 

Upcoming events

Gildredge House School Exhibition

Thu 12 Dec 2019
10:00-16:00
Discover the work students from Gildredge House school have produced to inspire environmental care and change.

Volunteer recruitment coffee morning

Fri 13 Dec 2019
10:15-12:30
Would you like volunteer at Birling Gap or Alfriston Clergy House? If so then why not come along to one of our coffee mornings.

Festive Family Fun Weekend

Sat 14 Dec 2019
10:00-12:00
Try out lots of family crafts and activities for one price in our visitor centre

Meet the Maker - Generation 11 Local artisan gin producers

Sun 15 Dec 2019
12:30-15:30
Meet the makers of this local gin from their distillery in Sussex. Gin tasting and notes will be available

Carols in the cafe

Sun 15 Dec 2019
17:00-18:30
Bring your best singing voice for festive carols with our choir

Tree planting at Frog Firle Farm

Mon 16 Dec 2019
11:00-14:00
Help plant a tree to help with flood management and disease resistance of trees in the Cuckmere Valley.
Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters

Eating and shopping

A clifftop cafe, perched above the sea

Enjoying our cafe at Birling Gap 

Enjoy views of the sea whilst savouring a freshly ground coffee, juice or beer on our terrace. Ask our team about vegan and gluten free options. Children can enjoy an ice-cream or lunchbox on the beach. All the profit we make helps us care for chalk grassland habitats throughout the South Downs.

Visitors sitting outside the cafe at Standen House, West Sussex

Allergen information 

Most of the food and drink served in our café’s, restaurants and tea-rooms is prepared on site in our kitchens, using a wide range of ingredients. As a result, we can’t guarantee that any of our food and drink products are completely allergen free. If you have an allergy or intolerance, please ask the café staff who will be happy to advise on the ingredients in your food and drink.

A display of decorations on sale at Birling Gap

Gorgeous Christmas gifts at Birling Gap 

Find the perfect Christmas gift at our cliff top shop. From books and cards to decorations for you and your home, there's something for everyone.

Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters

Our work

View through the Devils Dyke valley towards Saddlescombe Farm

The Changing Chalk partnership 

A partnership of 10 organisations has received initial National Lottery support for the Changing Chalk project. Made possible by National Lottery players, the partnership will work with local communities and landowners to connect people with nature and address challenges facing the Sussex Downs to protect this fragile chalk grassland landscape for future generations.

 Panoramic view at sunset in August from Devil's Dyke, South Downs, West Sussex

South Downs sites we look after  

Discover the incredible diversity of countryside sites across the South Downs, from chalk grassland to river valleys, beech hangars and chalk cliffs.

Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters

Wildlife

Goldfinches on burdock

Winter wildlife at Birling Gap 

It may seem quiet but there is wildlife to be found during the winter at Birling Gap

Fulmar over the sea

Wonderful wildlife at Birling Gap 

It is the combination of a constantly changing landscape and unique geology that creates such an amazing diversity of habitats and wildlife at Birling Gap. Find out more about the wildlife of this incredible place.

Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters

Get involved

A close up shot shows a volunteer cleaings scrub on the coastal path, an essential part of managing a coastal site such as Birling Gap

Volunteer with us 

With so many volunteering opportunities on offer, find out how you could make a difference ans support the work we do at Birling Gap and across the South Downs.

Sunset at Birling Gap

Supporter Groups in Sussex 

Fundraising, fun and days out. Why not join a Supporter Group and help us in our valuable conservation work?

Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters

Groups

Views over the sea towards the white cliffs of the Seven Sisters

Group visits to Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters 

Find out more about visiting Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters with your group and coach parking.

Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters

History

A view of the coast guard complex at Birling Gap

History at Birling Gap 

Birling Gap and the surrounding area are a landscape and people rich in history. From prehistoric times right through to the 21st Century the area has always attracted settlement and community living.