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Birling Gap Beach

East Dean, East Sussex

This beach is situated at the base of the chalk cliffs called the Seven Sisters. The substrate is shingle giving way to sand with areas of rock pools and chalk from the cliffs. It is a voluntary marine nature reserve.

Beach Type



Cafe and restaurant


Surfing and canoeing
Zoning details unknown

Nature and Wildlife

Birling Gap has many rock pools and is a marine nature reserve. The beach forms an important part of the Seaford to Beachy Head Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and. as it is chalk land. has considerable biological importance. The National Trust

Water Quality




Awards and Recommendations

Marine Conservation Society Recommended

Tourist Information

Eastbourne Tourist Information Centre 8a Cornfield Road Eastbourne East Sussex BN21 4QL Tel: 01323 411400


Nearest town: East Dean
County: East Sussex
Latitude/Longitude: 50.7423, 0.199943
Postcode: BN20 0AB
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

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From Eastbourne. take the A259. At East Dean. take the B37. A metal staircase allows access to the beach. however the base of the cliffs can be dangerous due to rock falls.

Nearest Railway Stations

Eastbourne (Approx. 4 miles away)
Seaford (Sussex) (Approx. 5 miles away)
Hampden Park (Sussex) (Approx. 5 miles away)
Polegate (Approx. 6 miles away)
Bishopstone (Sussex) (Approx. 6 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


Free car parking is available.

Nearby Car Parks

Birling Gap West, East Dean (Unknown stay).
About 0.1 miles away
Birling Gap East, East Dean (Unknown stay).
About 0.1 miles away
Beachy Head - Horseshoe Plantation, Birling Gap (Unknown stay).
About 0.5 miles away
Gilberts Drive, East Dean (Long stay).
About 1.2 miles away
Crow Link, East Dean (Unknown stay).
About 1.2 miles away
Butchershole, East Dean (Unknown stay).
About 2.1 miles away
Beachy Head, Eastbourne (Unknown stay).
About 2.3 miles away
Warren Hill, Eastbourne (Unknown stay).
About 2.4 miles away
Friston Forest, Westdean (Unknown stay).
About 3.1 miles away
South Hill Barn, Seaford (Unknown stay).
About 3.3 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in East Dean