Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters

Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters

Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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World-famous Seven Sisters chalk cliffs are one of the longest stretches of undeveloped coastline on the south coast.
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Ste M
Burnham, UK2,811 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
The National Trust car park at Birling Gap makes an excellent starting point for your visit to The Seven Sisters. The car park is free for Trust members, £3 for two hours, or £5 for the day. There is a cafe, gift shop, and toilets on site as well as access down to Birling Gap beach. Head up the coastal path for the mile or so cliff top walk to Beachy Head with spectacular views. Well worth a visit !
Written July 11, 2021
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Dear 92stem, Thank you for leaving us a review and I am glad you enjoyed the spectacular views. We hope you get the opportunity to visit us again.
Written July 13, 2021
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SweetJ
52 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
Lovely unspoilt beach accessed from the cliff top by a sturdy 3 story/level high wooden slatted stair case. The beach itself is mostly pebble with some sandy areas that you can access the sea to swim. Little interest if beach combing (no sea shells or sea glass) but plenty of rock pools to view. Car parking is available at a cost of £5 for 4 hours and if you can get a spot there is free parking along the road going towards the beach access. There are clean public toilets that open at 08:30, a small National Trust gift shop and reasonably priced cafe with some outside seating. Lovely hikes up the cliff with spectacular views, a lighthouse and nesting gulls.
Written April 20, 2021
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Dear justinesweet, Thank you for taking the time to leave such a lovely review and amazing pictures, I am glad you enjoyed your visit. We don't recommend parking on the road for safety reasons and charges in our car parks start from as little as £1.50 for 1 hour, £3 for 2 hours or £5 for all day. The money we raise from the car parks goes directly back into the management of this area and the facilities on-site, including the Seven Sisters for everyone to enjoy. The toilets officially open at 10am, along with the shop and café, but on some occasions we try to open them earlier. Thank you for your support and we do hope you get to visit again soon.
Written April 29, 2021
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Ankit2385
Bengaluru, India604 contributions
May 2022
Visiting here on a clear day and you will be amazed with the spectacular views. We did walked up the cliff to Belle tout lighthouse and back and then took the stairs down to the beach. There is a Car park for £5 all day (free for national trust members), a cafe, small museum and toilet facilities. Also there are some deck chairs to use for free. If coming via bus, then take No. 12 Coaster bus service from Eastbourne or Brighton.
Written June 9, 2022
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Dear Ankit2385, Thank you for leaving us such a wonderful, 5 star review and I am glad to hear you enjoyed your walk on Belle Tout with the spectacular views. Our deckchairs are proving very popular for weary legs at the end of a walk. We do hope you visit again soon.
Written June 30, 2022
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SJC94
Ashford, UK157 contributions
Sep 2021 • Family
We were glad we were National Trust members as the parking charge is fair for a full day but a little pricey just to take in the view. The scenery is stunning but the information display next to the shop felt dated and wordy. It wouldn’t excite a child or young person.
Written September 5, 2021
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Dear SJC94, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review and I am glad to hear you enjoyed the views. Our Visitor Centre is open daily and has a wealth of information on the area, suitable for all ages (check our website for current opening times). Thank you for your support of the National Trust and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
Written September 7, 2021
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Rainspot2000
London, UK216 contributions
Jul 2021
This is our second visit to Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters, as we enjoyed our first visit so much. There is a cafe and toilets available here. We boarded the open topped double decker bus outside of Eastbourne Pier which costs £7.50 for a ticket which lasts 24 hrs. You can hop on and off at various locations including Beachy Head which has a lovely pub, however my favourite pub is a little further on called The Tiger Inn which does nice food. Buses run about every half hour there is a timetable attached to the bus stop. For £7.50 you can board the bus and just stay on and go around and round if you wish, best views of course are upstairs. The bus also has an audio commentary which is crystal clear and informative. I highly recommend this tour ... when we go back to Eastbourne we will do it again.
Written July 13, 2021
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Dear Rainspot2000, Thank you for your review and I am glad you enjoyed your visit.
Written July 16, 2021
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Monique G
Southampton, UK267 contributions
Oct 2020 • Family
We visited on a super windy and rainy day. It was also high tide, which means the water was coming onto the stairs. We went on to do other things in the area and came back when it was dry, only partly cloudy, around sunset. Very beautiful!!

Be careful with little kids when it’s windy as they easily get swept away on the cliffs to the lookout.

Also, phone signal is weak or non-existing there.
Written October 31, 2020
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Dear MoniqueG1561, Thank you for your review and we are glad you managed to return to see Birling Gap when the weather had calmed down. We do advise keeping at least 5 metres away from the cliff edge at all times and to take extra care in stormy weather. We hope to see you again soon.
Written November 1, 2020
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DaisyChain12
Hitchin, UK1,558 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
Drove here and parked in the pay to park car park. Try and take coins as wi-fi/phone signal not the best for paying online we found.
Weather was varying from drizzling to full on torrential so we walked up to the viewing area adjoining the car park and looked at the amazing views, took some photos and headed back to the car.
If we are in the area again I’d love to walk up the coastal path but the wind was so strong you were almost horizontal with the ground heading into it! Beautiful area and views, but perhaps more pleasant when the magnificent forces of nature weren’t battering you!
Written October 31, 2020
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Dear DaisyChain12, Thank you for taking the time to write your review and I'm pleased you enjoyed the spectacular views. It can get extremely windy here particularly during storms. The WIFI signal is best at the hot spots outside the Cafe. We do hope you manage to visit again and enjoy a walk up on the coastal path in calmer weather
Written November 1, 2020
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Skywalker3
East Anglia165 contributions
Sep 2020
There’s two halves to a review about Birling Gap. Firstly the scenery itself is breathtaking. The views along the Seven Sisters is best viewed from the beach to give a sense of scale and is well worth the trip.
The second is the National Trust facilities and sadly the service here is probably the worst ever experienced at any NT property. While social distancing is to be expected, staff/volunteers barking at visitors isn’t. The lady in the shop shouting at people to sanitise their hands when they already had, asking them to wait outside as the shop was ‘full’ (4 in shop not the advertised 6) and berating two ladies browsing to hurry up is not what you expect. Only one toilet open as two out of order due to ‘mechanical issues’ and a 25 minute queue. On using it found the toilet filthy and clearly hadn’t been cleaned. Pointed this out to a NT staff member and was told ‘we are busy so don’t have time to clean.’ Signage looks tired and staff seem not to care. Enjoy the scenery but avoid the NT facilities.
Written September 29, 2020
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Nico
Heathfield, UK35 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Live fairly close to beach head and usually go and watch the sunset from birlin gap, absolutely breath taking views and can also.do the walk up and over the sever sisters which is stunning any time for the day, but especially at sunset. However does get rather busy with cars abandoned everywhere all down the road in the summer
Written August 29, 2021
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Dear Nicktanner2, Thank you for your 5 star review and I am glad you have got to experience the views and particularly the stunning sunsets. We do advise our visitors not to park on the grass verges and parking in our car parks does help support our charitable work here. We do hope you visit us again soon.
Written August 31, 2021
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Geoff H
Cranbrook, UK12,315 contributions
Jul 2021
This is a wonderful place for walking. Starting from the National Trust car park (free to members), cafe and toilets, there is a fairly easy walk up to the Belle Tout Lighthouse and back. All the way there are stunning views of the South Downs and, on the way back, equally stunning views of the Seven Sisters themselves. Unfortunately, this walk is not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs.
Written July 15, 2021
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Dear Geoff H, Thank you for giving us a five star review. I am glad you enjoyed the stunning views. All local walks are on our website which give a wealth of information on length, estimated times and difficulty levels. We hope you get to visit again soon.
Written July 16, 2021
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