Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters

Important notice -

On 19th & 20th March there will be restricted access to the car park at Birling Gap due to repair works.

Walk, go rockpooling or simply relax in the sun with views of the Seven Sisters cliffs

Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters

Things to see and do 

A girl explores rockpools on the beach at Birling Gap

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.

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.

A stormy view from Birling Gap

Staying safe and enjoying Birling Gap 

We advise visitors to act sensibly and stay away from the cliff edge, thinking about their safety and 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

Green woodworking at Frog Firle Farm

Sat 06 Apr 2019
10:00-13:00
Come and learn to make a traditional stool using rural woodworking techniques.

Cadbury Easter Egg hunt

Sat 06 Apr 2019
10:30-16:00
Immerse yourself in the wild, complete your nature diary and receive a chocolate egg

Rockpool Adventure

Sat 27 Apr 2019
14:00-16:00
Come and explore the rockpools at Birling Gap with us on your day out at the coast, great fun for all the family.

Seven Sisters archaeology walks - Crowlink coastal walk

Sun 28 Apr 2019
11:00-14:00
Come and discover the fascinating history through the ages of the iconic Seven Sisters cliffs on an informative circular walk from Birling Gap.

Seven Sisters Archaeology walks - Belle Tout circular

Sun 26 May 2019
11:00-13:30
Come and discover the fascinating history through the ages of this amazing coastal site overlooking the Seven Sisters.

50 Things to do before you're 11 3/4 by the sea

Mon 27 May 2019
10:00-15:00
Come down to the visitor centre at Birling Gap, pick up a tracker pack and uncover the creatures of the beach
Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters

Eating and shopping

Try a slice of delicious carrot cake

Eating and shopping at Birling Gap 

From searching for the perfect gift to enjoying a light lunch or warm drink, all the profit we make in our shop and café helps us look after the countryside and places you love. So why not pay us a visit and help us look after this glorious stretch of coast and countryside.

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

Yummy treats at Birling Gap 

Enjoy a latte, juice or beer overlooking the sea in our cosy café, savour a light snack or cake with a cup of tea. Children can enjoy a hot chocolate, one of our special lunchboxes, or a tasty hot snack in a special kid's size. All the profit we make helps us look after the countryside and places you love.

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

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 how to book 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.