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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 help you have an enjoyable holiday in Eastbourne, take a look at these useful tips and advice provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO):
Health and Travel Insurance
Local Laws and Customs
Health and Travel Insurance
British Citizens are advised by some of our tour operators to have travel insurance before going on a tour or holiday, even if it happens to be in your country of residence. As a British citizen you will 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 any member of the European Economic Area or Switzerland, you can obtain free or reduced cost treatment with The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Comprehensive travel insurance is advised for all other nationals planning on visiting the England.
If you need to contact the emergency services whilst in England simply dial 999 or 112 to ask for an ambulance.
Most destinations are generally trouble-free, however as with all places that you are not familiar with, keep an eye on your belongings and if necessary lock them away somewhere safe back at your hotel if possible. Keep an eye on everyone in your party and do not go off with people you do not know. Buy your own drinks and keep sight of them at all times. Be aware of your surroundings and don’t venture off on your own.
Local Laws and Customs
Queuing is a British Institution - jump a queue at your own risk!
Drug offences will carry penalties in the UK, so avoid getting involved with anything whilst in England. Please note the narcotic plant Khat/Qat is legal in the UK, but is not in a majority of other countries so never try to export this when leaving the UK.
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. For those people coming to the UK from the EU, you are allowed to bring an unlimited amount of most goods for your own use without paying tax or duty.
However, if you are travelling to the UK from outside of the EU, you are given an allowance of how much alcohol, tobacco, perfume, souvenirs and other goods. If you go above this allowance you may have to pay tax or duty. It is worth checking the HM Revenues and Customs website before you travel.
When travelling between the UK, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man in most cases an official form of identification such as a Driver's License will be ok. However, some airlines will insist you show a passport so check before you travel.
If you are travelling to England from Australia, Canada or the USA, you must have a valid passport for at least three months beyond the length of your stay. EU nationals need to have either a valid passport or identity card.
Visas for the UK are not required by those travelling from Australia, Canada, USA or EU for stays of up to six months.
Any other nationality looking to visit the UK must contact the local embassy to check visa requirements.
To find out more about visiting Eastbourne, check out the official tourism website at visiteastbourne.com
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.