A sunny spot where the hills meet the sea
Eastbourne is, and always has been, a healthy town. Situated at the eastern end of the South Downs National Park, it boasts as a backdrop the iconic Seven Sisters chalk cliffs as well as the dramatic Beachy Head and it has extensive safe beaches. The main town lies sheltered to the east of the cliffs helping to contribute to its sunshine record and making it officially the sunniest place in Great Britain!
With a population of around 99,000, the modern town has gently emerged from its mid-19th century origins as a Victorian seaside resort. Assisted by the arrival of the railway in 1849 and Queen Victoria’s endorsement of the benefits of sea air and bathing, the town retains a cultured and pleasant air.
With a seafront promenade stretching over four miles, sub-tropical flora, a wonderful climate, and a quiet charm, it is a safe, active and delightful place in which to raise and educate children. It has four main theatres, cinemas, the Towner Art Gallery, a new shopping centre and the world-famous Devonshire Park Tennis Club all within a mile of St Andrew’s Prep.
The town’s sheltered aspect contributes to it being officially the sunniest place in Great Britain.