Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters

Important notice -

Sat 24 October - Traffic light control will be in place around the car park entrances due to the Beachy Head Marathon. Please allow extra time to enter or leave by car. Currently the shop, toilets, take-away cafe and beach access are open.

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

Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters

Things to see and do

 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.

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.

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

Eating and shopping

Woman holding takeaway hot drink

Refreshments at Birling Gap 

Our cafe at Birling Gap is serving a range of takeaway hot and cold drinks and some light snacks. We've introduced new safety measures including closing seating areas, screens at till and collections points, and one way routes. We'll also only be accepting card payments. It is a legal requirement for face masks to be worn inside the cafe. We look forward to welcoming you back and know that you'll support us to make this a safe experience for everyone.

A selection of gifts for sale at Rhosili, Gower

Shopping at Birling Gap 

Our shop at Birling Gap has reopened. We've introduced new safety measures including closure of our internal toilets, screens at our till point, and 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

A swallow flying low over the water

Autumn at Birling Gap 

Autumn is a time of change when the colours of the grassland start to fade, and the downland plants begin to bear fruit

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.