Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters

Important notice -

Our car parks, toilets, take-away cafe & beach access are open. The shop opens on 13 August. The visitor centre is closed. No fires, BBQs or overnight camping are permitted anywhere on site. Booking for our car parks is not required.

A popular coastal hub, where the South Downs meet the sea

Enjoy the South Downs National Park with the National Trust

Summer on the South Downs

We are so glad our visitors are enjoying our beautiful South Downs. Our car parks cannot be booked so on our busy days there may not be spaces when you arrive - please try again later if this happens. Please help us keep these areas special. Be safe, plan ahead and follow any signs. Leave gates and property as you find them. Protect plants and animals and take your litter home. Keep dogs under close control, especially near farm animals and during nesting season. Do not camp, light fires or barbecues unless it is is designated areas. Thank you for helping us keep our countryside safe.

Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters

Things to see and do 

Birling Gap in August

 A boy crouches over a rockpool looking for creatures on the beautiful wave cut platform at Birling Gap beach

Visiting Birling Gap 

If you are planning on visiting Birling Gap here are some things you need to know before you set off from home to help make your visit as enjoyable as possible.

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.

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.

Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters

Eating

Woman holding takeaway hot drink

Refreshments at Birling Gap 

Our cafe at Birling Gap has reopened and will initially be serving a reduced range of takeaway hot and cold drinks and some light snacks. We've introduced new safety measures including closure of our seating areas, screens at our tills and collections points, and waymarked one way routes. We'll also only be accepting card payments. We look forward to welcoming you back and know that you'll support us to make this a safe experience for everyone.

Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters

Join or give

Views towards Birling Gap from the Seven Sisters

Dedicate a donation 

Support Birling Gap by dedicating a donation to someone special and add your precious memories to our interactive map. A unique way to remember a loved one, your donation will help us care for Birling Gap for years to come.

Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters

Wildlife

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

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

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.