"Sittin' on the dock of the bay"

Birling Gap Beach

Birling Gap is a small remote bay east of Beachy Head in East Sussex. The beach is approximately 300 metres (m) wide with a gentle slope. It is situated right below the backdrop of the Seven Sisters chalk cliffs. The beach is predominantly shingle, but shallow sandflats and rocks from the chalk cliff become exposed with the receding tide.

Beach type: Sand/Shingle

Nearest town: East Dean

Local authority: East Sussex County Council

OS Grid Reference: TV553959


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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Things to see and do near Birling Gap Beach

  • Seven Sisters Sheep Centre (1m)
  • Beachy Head Countryside Centre (2m)
  • The Lifeboat Museum (4m)
  • How We Lived Then (4m)
  • The Play Station Eastbourne (4m)
  • Beckhurst Glass The Glass Studio (4m)
  • Leos Play Den (4m)
  • Dinos (4m)
  • Eastbourne Pier (4m)
  • Filching Manor Motor Museum (4m)
  • Seaford Museum (5m)
  • Treasure Island (5m)
  • Redoubt Fortress and Military Museum (5m)
  • Lloyds Lanes Eastbourne (5m)
  • Laser Quest Eastbourne (5m)
  • Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway (5m)

Tourist Information

Tourist Information Centre
Cornfield Road
East Sussex
BN21 4QA

Phone 0871 6630031
Email tic@eastbourne.gov.uk

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Weather and Tides

Forecast for Thursday 18 January


Chance of rain 6%
Max temp. 9°C
(feels like 4°C)
Wind 11mph, gusting to 16mph.
Pressure 998
Humidity 76%
UV Index n/a
Air Quality


Chance of rain 2%
Max temp. 8°C
(feels like 3°C)
Wind 8mph, gusting to 12mph.
Pressure 1002
Humidity 73%
UV Index
Air Quality


Chance of rain 3%
Max temp. 8°C
(feels like 3°C)
Wind 7mph, gusting to 10mph.
Pressure 1003
Humidity 69%
UV Index
Air Quality


Chance of rain 7%
Max temp. 8°C
(feels like 3°C)
Wind 7mph, gusting to 9mph.
Pressure 1004
Humidity 73%
UV Index
Air Quality


Chance of rain 0%
Max temp. 7°C
(feels like 2°C)
Wind 6mph, gusting to 9mph.
Pressure 1005
Humidity 77%
UV Index n/a
Air Quality


Chance of rain 1%
Max temp. 6°C
(feels like 1°C)
Wind 6mph, gusting to 9mph.
Pressure 1007
Humidity 79%
UV Index n/a
Air Quality
Low Tide
06:17 GMT
High Tide
11:49 GMT
Low Tide
18:36 GMT

Important! Tide times are for the nearest measurement point and may not be accurate for this location. You should not rely on these times for anything other than a broad indication of when the tide will be at its highest or lowest.

In particular, these tide times are not suitable for navigational use. Accurate tide forecasts require complex calculations and detailed local information. If you intend to engage in any activity for which tidal information is important for safety reasons (including sailing, powerboating, diving, and surfing) then you should obtain professional data.

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This beach is situated at the base of the chalk cliffs called the Seven Sisters. The substrate is shingle giving way to sand with areas of rock pools and chalk from the cliffs. It is a voluntary marine nature reserve.

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