Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters

Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters

Things to see and do

 Rock pooling at Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters, East Sussex.

Family fun at Birling Gap 

There’s so much for you and your family to see and do at Birling Gap. Strandline searches, rock pooling, fossil hunting and grassland bug hunts and more can be enjoyed here - fun for all the family.

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.

Family fun

Family activities for outdoors adventures 

We've got lots of fun activities to try on your next family adventure. Discover wildlife at the places in our care using our handy spotter guides or have a go at activities inspired by the colours and sounds of nature.

Crashing waves can increase the chance of cliff falls

Staying 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

Come out and play

Wed 10 Aug 2022
Join us for a summer of family fun here at Birling Gap.

Guided walk to RAF Friston - Operation Jubilee, Spitfires and Spies

Sun 28 Aug 2022
A walk to the former RAF Friston WW2 airfield: 80 years ago this weekend its Spitfires supported the Dieppe Raid

Guided coastguard walk at Crowlink

Sun 25 Sep 2022
A walk to celebrate the 200 year anniversary of the coastguard. This walk will also include other interesting history of the area.
Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters


Woman holding takeaway hot drink

Refreshments at Birling Gap 

Our cafe at Birling Gap is serving a range of hot and cold drinks and snacks.

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A display of local goods in the shop at Birling Gap

Spring and summer shopping at Birling Gap 

The hills around Birling Gap are swathed in bright hues so why not pop into the shop to celebrate the seasons. Browse for presents and treats, as well as items for the home and garden. There is always a great mix of local products as well as our National Trust favourites.

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Belle Tout lighthouse viewed from went Hill

Summer time on the Seven Sisters 

Summer at Birling Gap is a time of plenty as the downs flower en masse, butterflies are floating around and birds are nesting in the scrub and on the cliffs.

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

Our work

Way mark sign on Devil's Dyke

The Changing Chalk partnership 

Changing Chalk is a partnership connecting nature, people and heritage on and around the South Downs. Led by the National Trust and supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, it will restore lost landscapes and habitats, bring history and local cultures to life and provide new experiences in the outdoors.

 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


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.