Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters

Important notice -

25/08/2019 - Car parks at Birling Gap will be full between 11:00am and 4:00pm over August Bank Holiday weekend. Please use public transport options where possible.

An ever changing landscape, where the South Downs meet the sea

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. Tracker packs for strand line searches, rock pooling, fossil hunting and grassland bug hunts can be picked up from the Visitor Centre.

A family walking at Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters, East Sussex.

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

50 things to do before you're 11 3/4 - Beach scavenger hunt tracker packs

Tue 27 Aug 2019
10:30-15:30
Pick up your tracker pack and see what you can uncover on the beach.

Rockpool Adventure

Tue 27 Aug 2019
13:30-15:30
Come and explore the rockpools at Birling Gap with us on your day out at the coast, great fun for all the family.

Bat Detectorists at Frog Firle Farm

Fri 30 Aug 2019
20:00-22:00
What bat is that? Find out more about these nocturnal creatures on our farm walk and talk at night with bat detectors.

The Big Beachclean with MCS at Birling Gap

Sat 21 Sep 2019
10:00-12:00
Join us to help clean the beach and survey the rubbish we pick up to help look after the marine conservation zone at Birling Gap.

Seven Sisters archaeology beach and lookout walk

Sun 22 Sep 2019
11:00-13:30
Come and discover the fascinating history through the ages of this amazing coastal site beside the Seven Sisters.

Seven Sisters archaeology walks - Crowlink Circular

Sun 27 Oct 2019
11:00-14:00
Come and discover the fascinating history of the Crowlink area and find out how things could have been very different without the power of people to save this land from development
Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters

Eating and shopping

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.

Enjoying a scone in the cafe

Eating and shopping at Birling Gap 

Discover the latest additions to the shop and cafe while supporting National Trust countryside and coast throughout the South Downs

Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters

Our work

Volunteer sieving soil on an archaeological dig

Looking after our landscape at Birling Gap 

Birling Gap is a diverse site with many different elements, including a mix of habitats, a cafe, shop and visitor centre. Protecting the chalk grassland is a delicate job, using traditional methods such as grazing ponies and with lots of help from our volunteers we are care for this rare environment, protecting it for years to come.

New homeware stock in our shop

Shopping at Birling Gap 

Uncover your perfect gift in our cliff top shop. Why not pick up soft scarves in exclusive designs. Fill the air with scent from candles and reed diffusers inspired by our properties. Treat yourself to artisan jewellery from Cornwall or glassware by Jo Downs. Every penny of profit goes towards looking after our fantastic coastal and countryside landscapes.

Gin & Lime cake

Check out the latest news from the cafe at Birling Gap 

For the latest updates and news on our cafe and food and beverage offer at Birling Gap check out our blog posts below.

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

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.