Coach Holidays to Eastbourne
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It's only a small town compared to neighbouring Brighton but what Eastbourne lacks in size it certainly makes up for by way of activities. An elegant resort at the foot of the South Downs, this 'suntrap of the south' (the resort has higher average sunshine hours than any other UK resort) dates from the 1850s and is a charming seaside destination.
Home to a centrally located Victorian pier, a splendid south-facing promenade and the famous Carpet Gardens that has helped earn Eastbourne a Britain in Bloom award, the town has its fair share of attractions to keep visitors on coach trips to Eastbourne occupied. There's a miniature railway and the Sovereign harbour marina, and if that's not enough there are sporting facilities including tennis, bowling and miniature golf, plus a Grand Bandstand that is frequently alive with performances from highly acclaimed military bands. Add to that a sprinkling of high street shops and that's almost everything covered.
With no shortage of things to do, most Eastbourne coach tours feature hotels in resort for easy walking access into the town to spend time at leisure. You'll also find that most trips feature accommodation on a half board basis to save eating out and some nightly entertainment is included.
As well as return coach travel, there are usually a couple of excursions by coach to nearby areas of interest such as the Sussex Coast, Beachy Head, Brighton or Rye.
To find out more about visiting Eastbourne, check out the official tourism website at visiteastbourne.com
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Things to do
Eastbourne has a range of great attractions and things to see and do nearby. Here is just a selection of the great things on offer:
Catering for all age group, Eastbourne Pier is a great attraction for everyone. Take a nostalgic stroll along the Victorian Boardwalk and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds or relax and recharge your batteries whilst taking in the sights of Eastbourne.
There is a great selection of beaches in Eastbourne which are perfect for a day frolicking in the sunshine. The main beach is known as the Grand Parade Beach but for a quieter experience it might be worth visiting Holywell Retreat or Harbour Reach. All beaches tend to have toilets and refreshments just a short distance away.
Eastbourne Dotto Train
If you fancy exploring Eastbourne but would rather save your legs you could always take a ride on the Dotto Train. Operated by Stagecoach, the train runs the length of the entire promenade during the summer months. The trains run between Holywell and Sovereign Harbour and stop at The Wish Tower Slopes, Eastbourne Pier, Fort Fun, Treasure Island and the Sovereign Centre.
Arundel Castle and Gardens
Built in the 11th Century, Arundel Castle is a fully restored medieval castle with nearly 1000 years' worth of history. Set in 40 acres of castle grounds, it has been open to visitors for almost 200 years. Wander around the castle and admire the furniture, tapestries, paintings, armour, sculptures and stained glass in these stunning room settings.
To help you have an enjoyable holiday in Eastbourne, please take a look at these useful tips and advice provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office:
Health and Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is recommended by all our tour operators and for some operators it is a condition of booking. When choosing a travel insurance please ensure it fully covers all your personal requirements including pre-existing medical conditions, cancellation charges, medical expenses, and repatriation in the event of accident or illness. As a British citizen you will obviously be entitled to free emergency health care on the NHS.
If you are visiting England from outside the United Kingdom and fall ill or are involved in an accident and are from an EU country or Switzerland, you can use a valid EHIC issued by your home country to access healthcare. Please note this is not an alternative to travel insurance. Comprehensive travel insurance is advised for nationalities planning on visiting the UK.
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If you need to contact the emergency services whilst in the UK simply dial 999 or 112 to ask for an ambulance.
The United Kingdom is a safe place to visit, however, as with all countries please exercise common sense. Petty crime can occur so take your usual precautions such as not leaving luggage unattended, beware of pickpockets in tourist areas and leave valuables in the hotel safe.
Local Laws and Customs
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If you are visiting from outside of the United Kingdom, it is wise to check customs requirements before you travel. If you are planning to bring alcohol, tobacco or souvenirs into the country, you need to be familiar with the UK's custom laws. If you go over your allowances, you may have to pay tax or duty. It is worth checking the HM Revenues and Customs website before you travel.
UK Entry Requirements
When travelling between the UK, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man you may need to show a Border Force officer a document confirming your identity. In most cases an official form of identification such as a driver's license or an armed forces identity card will be ok. However, some airlines will insist you show a passport so please check before you travel.
If you’re from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein you can enter the UK with one of the following identity documents: a passport, an Irish passport card or a national identity card issued by an EU country, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, if you’re eligible to use one. The identity document should be valid for the whole of your stay.
If you’re from outside the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, you must have a valid passport to enter the UK. It should be valid for the whole of your stay. You may also need a visa, depending on which country you’re from. Please check here if a visa is required before you travel.