On the south coast of England, Eastbourne is a solid option for a weekend mini-break. Eastbourne is defined by its Victorian-era seafront with an impressively long, wooden pier.
We caught the train from London’s Victoria station - it’s an easy, direct train to Eastbourne that takes about 90 minutes.
We walked from the train station and easily found our hotel, located right on the seafront, with stunning views out across the water.
On our visit to Eastbourne, we were travelling with Harry – we were dog-sitting. Harry is a Tibetan Terrier. In my limited experience of dogs he’s pretty perfect, an ideal travel companion. Tibetan Terriers were bred in the monasteries of Tibet – they’re essentially temple dogs. As long as he gets an occasional walk, Harry is happy sitting around keeping an eye on the world around him. If I was ever ready to settle down with a dog, then I would want a dog just like Harry.
Things to do
The three of us rugged up and went for a walk along the pebble beach to check out the pier. There’s something incredibly refreshing about a winter’s walk along a beach - the sky was clear and blue, and the fresh, cold wind quickly blew the cobwebs away and put a world of distance between us and the hustle and bustle of London.
Stretching along Eastbourne’s seafront is a well-constructed promenade – we walked for miles, enjoying the sunshine, photographing the views and patiently waiting for Harry to thoroughly investigate and assess every new scent and landmark that he came across.
There’s a lot to explore in Eastbourne - the South Downs National Park, the Napoleonic fort, the Redoubt Fortress and Military Museum . It’s a destination that’s worth adding to your list of potential mini-break options – especially if you’re travelling with a dog.