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“first time, but not the last” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Eastbourne

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Bedfordshire
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16 reviews
15 helpful votes
“first time, but not the last”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2009

Wanted a base to explore 1066 Country and chose Eastbourne for no specific reason. As a single girl travelling, some seaside towns can have a tacky and intimidating feel, but I was able to wander around exploring the town, walk on the beach in the evening, and search for a restaurant (there are some really good ones, reasonably priced) later at night without feeling at all uneasy. I doubt I would have been able to walk back to my hotel whilst munching on an ice cream at 11pm without hindrance in somewhere like Brighton or Blackpool.

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Chelmsford, Essex
2 reviews
“Stunning sea front, but town could be better”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2009

I have visited Eastbourne several times and as soon as I walk on to the sea front I am struck by how clean and attractive it is, especially with the beautiful carpet gardens near the pier, and the fact that there are no shops or amusements at all on the promenade. The town has five theatres, which must be unusual these days, and plenty going on. I just found the main shopping area disappointing. Paved, like so many towns in the UK and they all look the same, plus the ubiquitous Arndale centre. It was very hard to find unique shops, and apart from Grove Road and South Street there are no quaint streets at all. Also no stately homes or similar buildings of ihistorical nterest to visit within the town itself - other than the Redoubt Military Fortress - and you have to go further afield. It also seems to have gone along the route of trying to reject its image of being a resort for older people and is focusing too much on youth, night clubs etc, which is not always a good thing. But on the plus side the town feels very welcoming and it is a good centre to travel from to surrounding towns and places of interest. It also felt fairly safe at night and I was not worried about walking back to my hotel along the sea front after going to the theatre.

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England
1 review
“My favourate place in England”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2007

Eastbourne is a very nice quiet area along the coast of south east of England. I stayed there from the end of 2003 till 2005 April. It is situated near Brighton (city) in East Sussex. There are nice malls and quite a lot of restaurants you could choose from ie chinnesse, indian, mediterrean, american, etc. They have magnificent hotels and incredible services. One bad thing about it- is the sand, they don't have a sandy beach in Eastbourne- they have peables. And when u swim there you wear special flat shoes which can be purchased @ one of the shops there. The night life it's okay - there are few clubs there and one of my favourite was BN20. Oh my gosh,,, i love the look- it's got this clean,crisp, fresh, vibey & trendy 21 century look and tables, couches, lighting ohhh!! It is opposite a clothing department store called Debenhams(like Statturfords here in SA). And the nicest mall there is Arndalle shopping mall, it has shops like Next, Bay, to mention but few. And there's is another great shopping mall when you go to Langney in Eastbourne as well, there are nice mexican restaurants and looking over a nice marine harbour of some sort.

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Ontario, Canada
1 review
“Wanting to share...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2004

Was raised in a small town close to Eastbourne and returned for several extended visits this past year. I was so impressed with the holiday atmosphere in Eastbourne that I decided to purchase a small bungalow there. This will be for my own use during the winter season but mostly to let out and share with other people wanting to experience the things Eastbourne has to offer to everyone.

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