Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters

Important notice -

Our pay and display car park is open with limited spaces. The shop, café, toilets & visitor centre are closed. Beach access is open. Please follow social distancing measures. No fires or barbecues are permitted anywhere on site.

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

Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters

Things to see and do 

Birling Gap in May

 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.

A girl making seed bombs

Things to do at home 

Get some inspiration for activities to do on your own or with family... you won't be short of things to do at home or in the garden this spring.

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

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.

Man buying National Trust membership

Become a member today 

Become a member by visiting our friendly team at Birling Gap and support countryside throughout the South Downs. When you join at Birling Gap coast and countryside in the South Downs directly benefit from your membership contribution. National Trust membership gives you free parking and entry to over 500 castles, mills, historic houses and much more.

Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters

Wildlife

Common Blue Butterfly

Springtime at Birling Gap 

Spring time sees the grassland start to wake up from its winter slumber. The flowers begin to emerge and the sight, sounds and smell of the wildlife can be enjoyed as everything begins to emerge to welcome the new year.

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.