Family fun at Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters

Green shore crab found in a rockpool

There’s so much to see and do at Birling Gap. When you've finished your walk, fossil hunt or dip in the water, why not stop in the café for a delicious cup of tea and a slice of cake, all served with a backdrop of a stunning sea view?



Step out this spring and enjoy landscapes at their seasonal best at places we look after. Spectacular views of the Seven Sisters make for wonderful family wander. If you feel like a longer stroll, join the South Downs Way over the Seven Sisters hills to really stretch your legs. For a more secluded walk, venture inland at Birling Gap or Crowlink.

Fossil hunting

From Birling Gap car park, head down the steps to the beach for an excellent spot to take a glimpse into the past. The whole family can hunt for fossils in the chalk falls on the beach, this is a great time of year to uncover hidden treasures. Grab a tracker pack from the visitor centre and start your detective work. The best time of day to look is at low tide, so check out the tide times before you set out. We would love to see any fantastic finds so please email us a photo of any special discoveries. 
Find out more about the tide times


With a south-west-facing beach, Birling Gap is one of the best spots to surf in the South East. Surfers are always welcome and our car park is open all day all year round (free parking for members). It's a great place to enjoy stunning views whilst you're waiting to catch a wave, and if you want to warm up after a day on the waves why not visit to our tea-room for a hot drink and a well-earned bite to eat?
Check the surf report

Beachy Head and beyond

Birling Gap is a wonderful gateway to the wider South Downs, and is a great place to kick off a visit to this amazing part of the country. So why not extend your visit and check out the nearby landmarks of Beachy Head and East Dean village. Both are within easy walking distance of Birling Gap, and offer a great opportunity to discover some hidden spots and national treasures. The historic seaside town of Eastbourne is a short drive away and offers an array of museums, galleries and shopping opportunities.