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.

SEAFORD MUSEUM

‘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.

ONNEKE

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

Ouse Estuary Nature Reserve

The Ouse Estuary Nature Reserve was formed thousands of years ago by the meandering river Ouse between the chalk downs of Newhaven and Seaford. The reserve was created to conserve wildlife and is home to a wide variety of birds, insects and amphibians.

The Shoal

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

Theatres

Seaford is home to two theatres, The Barn Theatre and Seaford Little Theatre. Check our Events Calender for full listings.

WAVE LEISURE

Fancy a swim, or need your daily fix at the gym? Wave Leisure have centres in Lewes, Peacehaven, Newhaven and Seaford. They also run a series of summer clubs and activities across the summer. VISIT to find our more.

Tidemills

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.

Richmond Road, Seaford BN25 1DR

The Crypt

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)

‘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.