Located on the south coast of England, Eastbourne is a vibrant town, popular with many as a seaside resort destination. With some of the highest levels of sunshine in the UK, and a classy seafront district not overly developed like many other places, Eastbourne provides the ideal setting for a relaxing break from the big cities. Auto Europe offers several pick up locations and a large fleet selection, so finding a car rental in Eastbourne is both easy and economical.
No trip to Eastbourne is complete without a stroll along the seafront. Park your rental car near the shoreline, and set off on foot to explore the scenic area. With family-friendly beaches set with a backdrop of massive chalk cliffs, the unique beaches are among the most scenic and popular in the UK. If swimming and relaxing by the water is not enough, visit the pier where you will find theme park-style rides and stalls, great for the whole family.
Along the shoreline, you will also find world famous Carpet Gardens, and Martello Tower, a defensive fort built in the 1800's. The tower these days contains a puppet museum, highly recommended if travelling with children.
Jump in your hire car and head northwest from Eastbourne towards the village of Wilmington, just a few km away. The village is home to a church dating back to the 12th century, and also a number of historical houses, some of which are over 500 years old. Just outside the town is the attraction it is famous for, the Wilmington Giant. Carved into the hillside and lined with white chalk, the giant is a 226-foot long outline of a man dating back to the 17th century.
A short drive south from Eastbourne in your rental car, you will find another of the areas famous attractions, Beachy Head. Towering 530 feet above the sea, Beachy Head is the tallest chalk cliff in the UK and provides exceptional views of the area. On clear days, you can see up to 100km in all directions, a unique panorama of the coastline and nearby area.
If travelling with children, there is one attraction in particular which is highly recommended. Just a few minutes drive east of the city centre with your hire car, you can visit Drusilla's Park, a theme park suitable for the whole family. With playgrounds and a small zoo containing many friendly animals, both kids and grown-ups alike will enjoy the day here.
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