Follow Sussex’s Coastal Culture Trail

Eastbourne, East Sussex

Discover contemporary art at three leading coastal galleries, all linked by a scenic and historic cycle route though Hastings, Bexhill and Eastbourne.

From smugglers and 1066 heritage in Hastings to stunning beaches and Victorian architecture in Eastbourne, the Coastal Cultural Trail takes in three major galleries along England’s south coast.

Featuring The Jerwood Gallery in Hastings, the wave-inspired De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea and the contemporary Towner in Eastbourne, home of famous South Downs painter Eric Ravilious, the 20 mile-long route can easily be cycled or walked over a weekend dedicated to a cultural holiday.

Choose from three suggested trails packed with cultural activities, including an Active Trail, Family Trail and Luxury Trail, each taking in museums and places of interest, from Pevensey Castle, landing place of William the Conqueror, to the South Downs National Park. Cycle hire and luggage collection services are also available, with train services connecting all three galleries.

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People looking at paintings at Towner in EastbournePeople looking at paintings at Towner in Eastbourne © VisitEastbourne
Two people cycling the Coastal Cultural Trail from Hastings to EastbourneTwo people cycling the Coastal Cultural Trail © VisitEastbourne
De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-SeaDe La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea © 1066 Country
A painting of Cuckmere Haven by Eric RavilliousA painting of Cuckmere Haven by Eric Ravillious © Eric Ravilious
An exhibition at the Erudition in EastbourneAn exhibition at the Erudition in Eastbourne © Colin Davison

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