18 miles of beautiful coastline that links three award-winning contemporary art galleries – Towner Gallery Eastbourne, De La Warr Pavilion and Hastings Contemporary. 

The Coastal Culture Trail links 3 award winning galleries in East Sussex, across 18 miles of coastline. Visit Towner Eastbourne, De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill and Hastings Contemporary, and experience the best of 3 great towns.

Each town is unique in atmosphere and celebrates its geography and connection to the coastline. With an independent spirit, these coastal towns love affair with art and culture has been long standing, some say the artists are here for the light, the food creators are here for the Sussex produce, the musicians are here for the open mics; whatever the reason, you will find the streets full of independent traders and artisanal producers, proudly celebrating the spirit of region.

Effortlessly connected by train lines and pathways, leave the car behind to fully immerse yourself in the breathtaking landscapes of the region. The sweeping cycle routes and walkways which hug the coastline will take you through the weather boarded fishnet huts of Hastings, over sand cliffs ahead of Bexhill, and onto the golden domed pier of Eastbourne. Take your time and cover the full 18 miles on foot or on bike, there are plenty of independent places to stop off and stay along the route.

The trail celebrates our coastal culture by recommending a visit to all 3 galleries and everything in between. It promotes a range of sustainable travel methods, places to stay, eat, drink and shop, all while highlighting other galleries and events in the area. The website suggests trail routes for the active traveller, the families and those who like to take it at a more leisurely pace, meaning that there is a way to experience the trail for everyone!

You can explore the trail by bicycle, by train, car, or on foot! Find out more about sustainable travelling on the trail on Good Journey.

Pick up a Coastal Culture Trail Map & Guide from the DLWP shop (£2), to help plan your route and see all the fantastic places you can visit nearby.

Read this article on The National Geographic website to learn about the cycle route along the trail.

Visit the Coastal Culture Trail website here