Travel & Accommodation
Getting to Eastbourne
Eastbourne is easily accessible by train and car. See the train information on the next tab.
Driving to Eastbourne: Use the Winter Garden postcode BN21 4BP for satnav purposes.
There is no on-site parking at the Winter Garden but there is some on-street pay and display parking and the 400 space 24-hour multi-storey NCP Trinity Place car park usually has spaces. It’s a five minute walk away, and less expensive than town centre car parks. The smaller Devonshire Park car park in College Road is closer, but it may be more difficult to find a space.
Cycling: There are cycle racks outside the Congress Centre, within the Devonshire Quarter complex.
Members with motorhomes, caravans and campers will need transport to the venue as there’s no parking nearby.
Train and coach travel
From London Victoria – 1 hour 20 minutes (approx);
Polegate – under 10 minutes
Battle – around 50 minutes (via Hastings)
Brighton – 30 minutes
Lewes – 30 minutes
Hastings – 30 minutes
Ashford International – 1 hour 20
Gatwick Airport – around 1 hour.
By booking rail tickets several weeks beforehand, you can make some significant savings.
If you’ve not already got a Railcard – there are many available offering up to 50% off travel – it’s worth investigating and you can ask at your local station which the best may be for you.
Other ways to save on rail fares include checking various routes or buying separate tickets for each section of your route (splitting your journey) Ask at your local station or book direct through the train operator/s.
All CAMRA members can get 20% of coach travel with National Express. Find out more here.
Hotels, B&Bs and self catering
Eastbourne has a range of accommodation which should suit all tastes and budgets. But we recommend you book early as it is a popular destination all year-round. You can also look at neighbouring towns – such as Bexhill-on-Sea, Hastings, Lewes and Worthing.
Please note that CAMRA cannot recommend any particular accommodation, so please do check online reviews and cancellation policies before booking.
Try some of the following sites for ideas and availability:
Camping & Caravanning sites
Caravan & Camping Club site
Shear Barn Camping & Touring site (Hastings)
Please note limited spaces at Fairfields due to a rally taking place that weekend.
Bay View (Pevensey)
Bramley Park (Polegate)
Getting around Eastbourne
Getting around Eastbourne and finding the Winter Garden
The Winter Garden, Compton Street, is in the Devonshire cultural quarter, close to the seafront. If you don’t fancy the half-mile walk from the station, buses 3 and 4, destination Meads, depart opposite the station, stop R1, every 15 minutes until about 6 pm, except on Sunday when they are just hourly. Alight at the Winter Garden bus stop, fares from £ 1.80, journey time five minutes.
Stagecoach run town services and longer routes to Tunbridge Wells, Hastings and Uckfield.
Brighton and Hove buses run along the coast every ten minutes during the daytime from Brighton, Seaford and intermediate points, including Eastbourne Old Town. They’re half-hourly later in the evening.
England-issued bus passes are accepted on all routes, but not those from Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
720 Taxis: 01323 720720, with an ordering and tracking app – www.720taxis.com
Sussex Cars: 01323 726726
Call-a-cab 01323 746746