Welcome to the official website of the Beachy Head Countryside & Visitor Centre


We are located close to the cliff tops at over 500 feet (150m) above sea level.


Beachy Head with its' iconic, dramatic white chalk cliffs is the 'eastern gateway' to the South Downs National Park, and it is from here that the famous South Downs Way stretches the entire 99 miles (159km) length of the Park to Winchester in Hampshire.


The South Downs National Park is the 10th National Park to be designated in England, providing an area of protected countryside that everyone can visit and enjoy.


We are a registered charity, run and managed by a team of volunteers known as the Friends of Beachy Head Countryside Centre.


The Countryside & Visitor Centre is wheelchair friendly with full access to the Shop, Downland Experience and Sussex Gallery.



Beachy Head Countryside & Visitor Centre - Opening Times



We regret that the Beachy Head Countryside and Visitor Centre will be closed for the remainder of the 2020 season.


This decision has been taken in light of current Coronavirus (Covid-19) advice from the UK Government and the particular difficulties we faced in maintaining a safe and welcoming environment for both our volunteer staff and our visitors.


We are taking this time to make a number of improvements in the Countryside Centre and look forward to welcoming you in 2021.


We will update this page as soon as we are able to confirm our 2021 opening date.



Latest UK Government information on coronavirus can be found on the Department for Health and Social Care website.



Important Safety Information

Informations De Sécurité Importantes
Wichtige Sicherheitsinformationen
Importanti Informazioni Sulla Sicurezza


  • Beachy Head is one of the most beautiful landscapes in the country, but this is a natural and wild environment meaning that visitors must take great care. Visitors must always stay a safe distance away from the cliff edge which is very unstable.
  • You are strongly advised not to walk the beach between Cow Gap and Birling Gap. Tide changes and regular cliff falls make this walk both difficult and dangerous.
  • Beachy Head and the Downland is great for walking your dog, but please make sure you keep your dog on a lead at all times when you are walking the cliffs or any areas where livestock is present.


  • Beachy Head est l'un des plus beaux paysages du pays, mais cela est un environnement naturel et sauvage ce qui signifie que les visiteurs doivent prendre grand soin. Les visiteurs doivent toujours rester à une distance sécuritaire du bord de la falaise qui est très instable.
  • Il est fortement conseillé de ne pas marcher sur la plage entre Cow Gap et Birling Gap. Les changements de marée et les chutes régulières de la falaise font de cette promenade à la fois difficile et dangereux.
  • Beachy Head et le Downland est idéal pour la promenade de votre chien, mais s'il vous plaît assurez-vous de garder votre chien sur une avance à tout moment quand vous marchez les falaises ou des zones où le bétail est présent.


  • Beachy Head ist eine der schönsten Landschaften des Landes, aber das ist eine natürliche und wilde Umgebung bedeutet, dass die Besucher sehr darauf achten muss. Besucher müssen immer einen sicheren Abstand vom Rand der Klippe zu bleiben, die sehr instabil ist.
  • Sie sind stark nicht zu Fuß den Strand zwischen Cow Gap und Birling Gap beraten. Tide Änderungen und regelmäßige Klippe fällt machen diese Wanderung sowohl schwierig als auch gefährlich.
  • Beachy Head und die Downland ist ideal für Ihren Hund zu Fuß, aber bitte stellen Sie sicher, dass Sie Ihren Hund auf eine Blei zu allen Zeiten, wenn Sie zu Fuß die Klippen oder ein Gebiet, wo Vieh ist vorhanden ist.


  • Beachy Head è uno dei paesaggi più belli del paese , ma questo è un ambiente naturale e selvaggio che significa che i visitatori devono fare molta attenzione . I visitatori devono sempre rimanere a distanza di sicurezza dal bordo della scogliera , che è molto instabile .
  • Si consiglia vivamente di non camminare sulla spiaggia tra Cow Gap e Birling Gap . i cambiamenti di marea e cadute scogliera regolari rendono questo cammino difficile e pericoloso.
  • Beachy Head e la Downland è grande per camminare il vostro cane, ma per favore assicurarsi di mantenere il vostro cane al guinzaglio in ogni momento quando si cammina sulle scogliere o una zone in cui è presente il bestiame.

Weather For The Next 7 Days


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Today's Tide Times, Sunrise & Sunset


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