A quick travel guide to the East Sussex coast

As the official title holder of the sunniest spot in the UK and home to UNESCO sites, first-class beaches and popular towns and cities, the East Sussex coast is repeatedly named as one of the best places to go in the UK. Here at City Cabs, we are fortunate enough to work and live in this beautiful stretch of the UK and experience the best of Sussex on a weekly basis. Discover more with this guide to the East Sussex coastline that includes some of the best places to visit on your travels.

Brighton to Seaford

As one of the most recognisable places in Sussex, Brighton is the first port of call in our guide. Brighton is known for its artistic North Laine, hundreds of independent shops, theatre, music and beach life. It is the largest city in Sussex and is regularly named as one of the best beaches in the UK. Must-see city attractions include Brighton Pier, Brighton Pavilion and Brighton Marina: Europe’s largest marina.

To the east of Brighton are the smaller seaside towns of Rottingdean, Saltdean, Peacehaven and Newhaven. For spectacular views, traditional food and a network of walking paths to keep you busy throughout the day, head to The Smugglers Rest Pub in Peacehaven. As you venture past this cluster of towns, you’ll encounter the formidable Seven Sisters white chalk cliffs in Seaford toward Eastbourne and the highest chalk cliff in Britain, Beachy Head.

Sussex Heritage Coast

Past Seaford lies open, green spaces on the map - known as the Sussex Heritage Coast. Here visitors can find the Seven Sisters Country Park and Friston Forest inland. Bird watching, canoeing, walking and cycling are all popular activities in the area with plenty of picnic spots on a warm summer’s day.

Moving further east along the coastline, rural land is soon taken over once again by the built up urban towns and cities of Eastbourne, Bexhill and finally Hastings where the Sussex coast merges with Kent.  

The large seaside town of Eastbourne, like Brighton, is a quintessentially British seaside resort that provides a perfect fun, family day out. Visitors can enjoy art galleries and museums, castles dating back to 1066 and the South Downs National Park inland that sweeps across most of East Sussex. After spending a day or two in Eastbourne, it is worth crossing over to Bexhill to finally set your feet on a soft, sandy beach! Set in between Eastbourne and Hastings, Bexhill is a quieter, relaxed destination with a distinctly olde-worldle feel.


Our last stop on our East Sussex journey is the cosmopolitan town of Hastings with its rich maritime and historical connections. It was here that William the Conqueror first set up camp after a bloody battle on the coast and countryside beyond - remains of his first castle can still be seen in the town. Hastings’ split of the old and new is clearly distinguishable from the Old Town to the East to its shopping Town Centre towards the west. Today, Hastings is seen as a modernised town that perfectly depicts the best of the British seaside.


Discover the delights of the East Sussex coast with City Cabs, one of Brighton’s leading taxi companies.

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