Victorian Eastbourne for Solos
Eastbourne, East Sussex
- Beachy Head
Stroll to the summit of the UK’s highest chalk cliff, Beachy Head, and look down at the forlorn Beach Head Lighthouse.
- Best Western York House Hotel
Set in a Victorian building, this locally rated 3-star hotel offers fine views of the Eastbourne Pier from its verandah.
- Brighton’s Royal Pavilion
An audio guided tour of Brighton’s most arresting landmark, the Royal Pavilion, will reveal an interior just as fanciful as its facade.
- Eastbourne’s Marina
You can see pleasure craft bobbing in Eastbourne’s modern marina.
- Eastbourne’s Pier
Enjoy a stroll along the Victorian pier for panoramic views of Eastbourne’s coast.
- No fly
- Solo Travellers
- Half board
- Short breaks
‘The sunniest place in the UK’
Enjoy a sociable break in the quintessential seaside town of Eastbourne which has a stunning setting on England’s south coast – it’s also known as the sunniest place in the UK, frequently topping sunshine records. Combine this with its blend of Victorian architecture and more modern attractions and it’s no wonder visitors come back year after year. During your half-board stay at the locally rated 3-star Best Western York House Hotel (3Q), look forward to an included guided tour of Brighton’s extravagant Royal Pavilion, King George IVs pleasure palace. It’s a great opportunity to get to know your fellow solo travellers.
Back in Eastbourne, you’ll have plenty of time to explore the varied attractions. Perhaps take a stroll along the three-tier promenade to the pier with its classic boardwalk amusements and restored camera obscura through which you can admire 360-degree projections. There’s shopping galore in the town centre’s boutiques, quirky souvenir shops and big name stores while Eastbourne’s artsy side is best displayed in the contemporary Towner Gallery. See the first buds of spring in the Princes Park’s rose garden or venture a little further afield for the fantastic views from Beachy Head, the UK’s highest chalk cliff. Keen walkers can amble across the clifftops of the Seven Sisters Country Park which lead to the quaint seaside town of Seaford. Of course, you may just want to sit by the marina and enjoy traditional fish and chips while watching the world saunter by.
- Half board
- Guided audio tour of Brighton’s Royal Pavilion (half day)
- Saga Host
- Welcome drink
- Two evenings of entertainment
- Porterage at your hotel
- Cancellation rights
Best Western York House Hotel, 14-22 Royal Parade, Eastbourne BN22 7AP. Tel: 01323 412918
Awarded TripAdvisor’s 2016 Certificate of Excellence, the locally rated 3-star Best Western York House Hotel (3Q) is the perfect place to relax. Set in a Victorian building, it combines traditional elegance with modern style. Relax with a good book in the lounge, take a dip in the indoor heated pool or chat with new-found friends on the open-air veranda. There will also be two evenings of entertainment where you can mingle with fellow solo travellers.
Of the Best Western York House Hotel’s 78 tastefully-styled rooms, Saga guests stay in standard rooms.
Tea coffee making facilities
Food and Drink
In the Best Western York House Hotel’s elegant restaurant you can look forward to modern British dishes prepared with locally and ethically sourced ingredients wherever possible, or relax with a drink in the lounge bar.
Other Hotel Information
Daily vouchers for street parking are available from the hotel’s reception at a reduced rate for hotel guests, although they cannot guarantee spaces. Please request your voucher upon your arrival. Limited free on street parking is also available on side streets.
Heated indoor pool
The Best Western York House Hotel is set opposite the seafront promenade with the beach approximately 60 feet away and the pier 1,200 feet away.
Out and about
Nestling at the foot of the South Downs in East Sussex, the seaside town of Eastbourne has retained much of its Victorian character and charm. This is particularly evident along the seafront, which is lined with hotels dating back to the early 1900s and, as the development of shops and restaurants is prohibited, it makes a pleasant change to the over-development that is so common in other seaside towns. To the west of Eastbourne lies Beachy Head, one of the highest chalk cliffs in Great Britain and an area of outstanding natural beauty. Continuing west you come to the Seven Sisters Country Park where 280 hectares of chalk cliffs, a river valley and open grassland attract walkers, cyclists and nature enthusiasts to the area. Further west, around 25 miles from Eastbourne, is the lively city of Brighton where you can explore world-class galleries and museums, enjoy some retail therapy and perhaps catch a show in one of the many theatres.
Places of interest:
- Eastbourne Pier and Bandstand
- Eastbourne Redoubt
- Towner Gallery
- Congress Theatre
Brighton's Royal Pavilion
It may be hard to imagine now, but the Royal Pavilion began life as a farmhouse. The Prince of Wales, later King George IV, holidayed there in the 1780s while following the vogue of the time that lead to the transformation of the English seaside, ‘dipping’ in the invigorating sea. The farmhouse’s first transformation was to a modest villa in 1787 known as the Marine Pavilion which the prince filled with a fancy collection of chinoiserie. After he was declared Prince Regent, he commissioned John Nash to undertake its final transformation, to a pleasure palace in the exotic Indian-style for which it is now famous.
Included on 4 nights itinerary