Beachy Head
Beachy Head
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  • Biffro
    London, United Kingdom1,165 contributions
    Breathtaking views
    This is my favourite spot for walking with the most dramatic and beautiful views of the southern coastline. The incline can be a bit challenging at points, but persevere, as the dreamy views all along the route at all times of the year will be worth it. Recommend walking from Eastbourne beach front out to Birling gap and the Seven Sisters and back with a picnic. A good 4 hour round trip, and a perfect thing to do on a nice clear, sunny day.
    Visited August 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 June 2023
  • Steve_of_N21
    London, United Kingdom2,283 contributions
    Another stunning section of the South Downs Way. And this one may have seals.
    Yes, you can drive to the Beach Head car park, run up to the point, take your photo of the lighthouse and then drive off. Or you can walk the coastal path to Beachy Head either from Eastbourne or from the Seven Sisters Country Park or the Birling Gap, depending on how far you want to walk and whether you want to take in the Seven Sisters. This time we were staying in Eastbourne, so we did it from there. It will take you about an hour and a half from Eastbourne Pier, or an hour from the Helen Garden at the West end of Eastbourne. There are several navigated footpaths at different levels up the hill between Eastbourne and Beachy Head and we did the elevated path to get the views on the way there and the lower cliff level path on the way back. Whichever way you go head for the RAF bomber command Memorial. From here if you go down towards the cliff you will see the shingle headland jutting out to the sea which had several seals on during our walk. You are close enough to hear them but fortunately not smell them. Then its not far to continue to walk the cliff path to the cliffs viewpoint that gives you a great vista of the lighthouse. As for refreshments there is always the Beachy Head pub, and although this is a member of the Village Pub & Kitchen chain (Mitchells & Butlers), we found it a particularly poor outlet as far as food went, so if coming from Eastbourne you might want to start of end at the far superior Pilot Inn. From here it’s a short walk to the Kiosk Café, from where the various South Downs way walking trails fan out.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 14 July 2023
  • Voyager_Nineteen71
    Pune, India583 contributions
    Lovely view
    One of the most natural beautiful spots in our visit to the UK. A superb walk to the old lighthouse on the cliffs though one has to be careful not to go towards the edges as the chalk is soft and can break. It does require some walking up and down and so better have a good pair of shoes for the visit. Very close to this is the Birling Gap where one can visit the beach via a staircase.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 July 2023
  • Josh T
    London, United Kingdom90 contributions
    Cliff top walk
    Returned here in July 2023 on a warm but windy afternoon. Walked from Beachy Head to the foothills of Belle Tout lighthouse and then back again. Scenic views along the route, with the cliff edge cordoned off in some places due to risk of erosion. Conditions were quite windy which made uphill walking slightly more challenging in places. Beautiful spot overall and would happily return back here (albeit on a slightly less windy day).
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 July 2023
  • Bluebellplasnewydd
    Cardiff, United Kingdom1,978 contributions
    Usually windy
    If you want a short walk then park park around the Beachy Head pub (you will have to pay). Head along the pathway towards the cliff edge past a memorial and naval position point. After 300 years or so you will be greeted by views of the cliffs, Eastbourne and the lighthouse. Don't go too near the edge as collapses of the cliffs are common. Further west you will have a view of Belle Tout lighthouse and the track up to it which has itself collapsed into the sea in places. If you want you can walk to Belle Tout but you may prefer to drive on to Birling Gap. You may have sunny weather but it is often very windy so go prepared.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 24 August 2023
  • Fiona K
    London, United Kingdom18 contributions
    Quality coffee stop with superb view
    Cadence is the perfect cafe at Beachy Head with good coffee and a great range of toasted sandwiches, sausage rolls etc. Impressive! High quality, great service and views .
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 23 September 2023
  • Luis Carlos HM
    2 contributions
    A Great View
    It was a great experience, with amazing views of the sea and nature. The only advice I give is to wear warm clothes, since there is a lot of wind, as well as comfortable and resistant shoes. The full experience was really worth it,
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 November 2023
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Midsummerlady
Staines, UK90 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
Stunning views, great cafe. Easy parking, free if you are a member of the National Trust. Serviced by frequent buses, that look like a lot of fun.
Written 9 February 2024
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Luis Carlos HM
2 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
It was a great experience, with amazing views of the sea and nature. The only advice I give is to wear warm clothes, since there is a lot of wind, as well as comfortable and resistant shoes. The full experience was really worth it,
Written 16 November 2023
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Helen F
84 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Beautiful, stunning location with great parking facilities. We hope to return one day. The drive to and fro was also breath taking
Written 23 October 2023
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Fiona K
London, UK18 contributions
Sept 2023 • Friends
Cadence is the perfect cafe at Beachy Head with good coffee and a great range of toasted sandwiches, sausage rolls etc. Impressive! High quality, great service and views .
Written 23 September 2023
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Robin S
31 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
Always worth a visit but parking is chargeable and the bus service ends beginning September unless you pay to go on the tourist bus. But as I said well worth a visit
Written 21 September 2023
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Dez L
2 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
stopped off for a drink here and a snack I have to say that there coffee is awesome and warming all different syrups and milk alternatives also very reasonable prices also.
But what drew me to write this review is the toastie I had a pulled pork one amazing names for these although can’t remember some of them but the staff there was awesome so thank you to them both Conny W & Ella visit is worth it great view and the best toastie in England thankyou again
Written 1 September 2023
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Bluebellplasnewydd
Cardiff, UK1,978 contributions
Jul 2023
If you want a short walk then park park around the Beachy Head pub (you will have to pay). Head along the pathway towards the cliff edge past a memorial and naval position point. After 300 years or so you will be greeted by views of the cliffs, Eastbourne and the lighthouse. Don't go too near the edge as collapses of the cliffs are common. Further west you will have a view of Belle Tout lighthouse and the track up to it which has itself collapsed into the sea in places. If you want you can walk to Belle Tout but you may prefer to drive on to Birling Gap. You may have sunny weather but it is often very windy so go prepared.
Written 24 August 2023
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James
25 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
We went to beachy head as we were in the area and wanted to kill some time.

The journey was around 30 minutes which was longer than we thought, so the first thing we did was go to the toilet.

The queue took about 20 minutes and when we finally reached the front, the reason it was so busy was because there were only 4 cubicles! There was mud and hair all over the floor. In the cubicles there was dirty toilet paper and the bin was overflowing with dirty sanitary towels.

When we had finished in the toilets, we went downstairs to the beach.

They really need to have a one way system because there were people standing and taking photos completely oblivious that they are stopping everyone else from going down.

When we got to the beach took some lovely photos and there were great views.

All in all a pretty bad time because the toilets were unacceptable.
Written 21 August 2023
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Josh T
London, UK90 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
Returned here in July 2023 on a warm but windy afternoon. Walked from Beachy Head to the foothills of Belle Tout lighthouse and then back again. Scenic views along the route, with the cliff edge cordoned off in some places due to risk of erosion. Conditions were quite windy which made uphill walking slightly more challenging in places. Beautiful spot overall and would happily return back here (albeit on a slightly less windy day).
Written 31 July 2023
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Voyager_Nineteen71
Pune, India583 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
One of the most natural beautiful spots in our visit to the UK. A superb walk to the old lighthouse on the cliffs though one has to be careful not to go towards the edges as the chalk is soft and can break. It does require some walking up and down and so better have a good pair of shoes for the visit.

Very close to this is the Birling Gap where one can visit the beach via a staircase.
Written 20 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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