The coastal area around Lewes, East Sussex is some of the most beautiful in the country; it’s where the South Downs meets the sea along dramatic, channel-lashed cliffs and sprawling shingle beaches.
Seaford is a genteel town with a colourful past. It was once a thriving port, earning Cinque Port privileges as a limb of Hastings. Smuggling and ship wrecking were rife, with wreckers nicknamed ‘Seaford Shags’. Seaford is situated in a beautiful location presiding over the wide sweep of Seaford Bay under the distinctive chalk landmark of Seaford Head. Image © Xavier Dom Buendia
Situated a short walk from Seaford train station and close to cafes and shops, Seaford beach is a great place to visit for a fresh blast of sea air or a quick play on the stones. Peppered with brightly painted beach huts and a couple of seafront cafes, the beachfront is unadulterated seaside fun.
‘One of the best museums in the world’ Grayson Perry
Situated on the seafront the Seaford Local History Museum is housed in the Martello Tower (no 74). The museum is a great day out for all ages and members of the family with displays including shops, tableaux and a fascinating collection of material from pre-historic times to the present day.
Seaford is full of wonderful, independent businesses and shops including Onneke, a real treat for lovers of original art and gifts.
ONNEKE – 37 High St, Seaford
The View is a great restaurant, bar and function venue up on the cliffs at Seaford Head beside Seaford Head Golf Course.
With stunning views across Seaford Bay, they offer a warm welcome to everyone. There is free parking, free wi-fi and a great menu served in the lounge, on the patio or viewing terrace.
The View is an excellent place for all, and they look forward to welcoming new visitors during Artwave Festival and throughout the year.
Southdown Road, Seaford Head, East Sussex, BN25 4JS
01323 890 139
Tidemills is a derelict coastal village in between Seaford and Newhaven. Once dedicated to a mill powered by the tide it was evacuated and destroyed once war was declared in 1939. Mysterious and windswept this is an atmospheric, isolated spot popular with experienced wild swimmers.
Salts Recreation Ground
This recently refurbished recreation ground is full of challenging fun for children of all ages. Situated only a few metres away from Seaford beach, it’s a great low cost family day out.
Beautiful day in Seaford today . Great fun at the The Salts recreation grounds. pic.twitter.com/8jWM5pYIFa
— Stay Lewes (@enjoylewes) January 23, 2016
Richmond Road, Seaford BN25 1DR
New to Seaford, this unique sculptural seating is the perfect spot to sit and admire Seaford’s magnificent cliffs and sweeping bay. The brain child of inspirational gardener, Gabby Tofts, and local sculptor Christian Funnell, The Shoal will grow to fill splash point as more fish plaques are sponsored and added.
The Shoal, Splashpoint, Seaford BN25 1BW
This is one of the lesser known gems of Seaford. A fantastic arts venue located in a Medieval crypt which once formed part of a rich, wool merchant’s house. Expect to find pop up exhibitions featuring local artists, inspiring talks and craft fairs.
For more ideas on what to do in Seaford, why not visit our Locals Love page where Wendy has some great insider tips on things to do in the area.
There are regular, direct trains to Seaford from Lewes (approx 20 minutes)
Seaford is home to two theatres, The Barn Theatre and Seaford Little Theatre. Check our Events Calender for full listings.
‘Kittiwakes’ is named after the seabirds which nest in the cliffs less than a mile along the seafront at Seaford. It is a recently renovated three storey semi-detached house, which benefits from an excellent location in the centre of this charming town, two minutes walk from the beach (through The Salts recreation ground), a stones throw from the supermarket, and two minutes walk from the railway station, with trains to Lewes, London and Brighton.