The brand new Beachy Head Story exhibition opened its doors on Monday 17 May, immersing visitors in the incredible history under their feet with tales of smuggling, fairy loaves, fossils and more!

Starting with the formation of the Downs, the exhibition takes visitors on a journey through time to discover the stories of people who have shaped this unique landscape and learn why Beachy Head is still a must-see tourist destination on the South Coast.

Eastbourne Borough Council Lead Cabinet Member for Tourism and Enterprise, Councillor Margaret Bannister said “After the successful launch of the adjoining gift shop in April, we are thrilled that the next stage of the government roadmap has allowed us to open our brand new Beachy Head Story Exhibition to the public.

Featuring stories from the local area, objects from Heritage Eastbourne’s collections and beautifully painted murals by local artist Ellie Fryer, this special exhibition illustrates how people and the environment have worked together to create the Eastbourne Downs that we know and love.

With highlights including the chance to learn about the famous Beachy Head Woman, see artwork on loan from the Towner Eastbourne and view never-seen-before archaeology, visitors can expect something unique that will appeal to everyone.”

The Beachy Head Story is free to enter, however donations are gratefully received to ensure the long-running of the exhibition.

The Beachy Head Story exhibition and gift shop is located on Beachy Head Road and open daily between 9:30am – 5:30pm, with extended opening times in the summer months. For more information, including COVID-Ready measures, visit: