Whatever your age a walk along Eastbourne's five miles of Victorian promenade is an essential experience for any visitor to the area. The parade of large and impressive hotelscan best be viewed from here and the spaciousness of Eastbourne, with its wide streets and elegant buildings, can also be seen.
You'll find plenty of places to stay in Eastbourne ranging from high quality hotels, B and B's and Guest Houses and self catering cottages and apartments. Just out of town there are also a number of camping and caravan sites and holiday parks
The attention paid by the town to this superb environment will be clear to you. The well-preserved buildings along the way complement the neatly maintained pathways and gardens, and every now and then a Napoleonic Martello Tower reminds you of local history. Amongst the more traditional attractions on the promenade is one of the best examples of a Victorian Pier in the country, this, together with a 1930's bandstand, formal gardens and flower beds, sets a scene from a previous time.
Some of the town's museums and attractions are also situated here, The Redoubt Fortress and The Lifeboat Museum, together with attractions such as Treasure Island, The Sovereign Centre and the aptly-named Fort Fun, which are very popular with our younger visitors. All in all, a really interesting place!
If the idea of a five-mile walk is not your cup of tea then do it the easy way by taking a ride on the Dotto Train. This covered but open-sided train runs the full length of the promenade, stopping at regular intervals to pick up and drop off passengers. If you're the adventurous type and enjoy skating and cycling then the 'Eastern Promenade' offers the chance to do both. This stretch has now been improved and runs from the pier to the new Sovereign Harbour development. Another thing to watch out for is the Tourist Information Bicycle which patrols the length of the prom, providing convenient information on what the resort has to offer during your stay.
Skating, cycling and a great number of other leisure activities are available within a short distance, amongst these are boating, diving, sailing, windsurfing, golf, fishing, tennis and swimming. Eastbourne has done its very best to ensure the beaches are safe for families. The lifeguards keep a close eye on swimmers between the Pier and Wish Tower from 10.15am until 4.30pm and they conduct regular foot patrols to promote beach safety. Red and yellow flags indicate they are on duty. A lost and found service is also part of the team's role, locating children who have become separated from their parents. An innovative scheme to improve beach safety has been established in Eastbourne. Called Kidzone, colour-coded wrist bands can be obtained for children which match the colours of the groynes (beach dividers), making it easy to establish which part of the beach the family is using.
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