The seaside town of Eastbourne on the southeast coast of England is a popular destination for couples looking to have a romantic holiday adventure. From historic museums and monuments to the most colourful gardens around, there's plenty to thrill and excite here. 

    You can walk along a classic pleasure pier or view stunning white-chalk cliffs. Check out these romantic and intimate couple's things to do in Eastbourne, and prepare to make treasured memories with the most important person in your life.

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    Wish Tower

    Enjoy ocean views from the top of the tower

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    The Tower Eastbourne, colloquially known as the Wish Tower, is one of over 100 gun towers built along the English coast to defend the country against invasion in the 19th century when Britain was at war with Napoleonic France. 

    Today, the tower is a popular attraction for visitors and offers a fabulous view of the sea from The Western View cafe and lounge. It's an ideal place to grab a bite to eat and enjoy a panoramic ocean view in a historic surrounding with your beloved.

    Location: Eastbourne BN21 4DS, UK

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    Eastbourne Pier

    Go for a sunset stroll along the seafront

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    Few things are quite as classically romantic as taking a walk along a seafront pier while holding hands, and that's exactly what the Eastbourne Pier offers. This famous seafront boardwalk offers a wide range of attractions, including Victorian tea rooms, a jazz lounge, a fish and chips place, and more. 

    At night, the buildings are brilliantly lit by strings of bulbs. You can spend an entire morning, afternoon, or evening enjoying the fresh ocean air and the sights and sounds of the pier while you hold your beloved close.

    Location: 3 Grand Parade, Eastbourne BN21 3EL, UK

    Phone: +44 (0)1323 410466

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    Seven Sisters

    The stark white cliffs are a symbol of Britain

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    The Seven Sisters are a series of snow-white natural cliffs composed of chalk along the English Channel. These stunning natural formations in the South Downs were created when ancient rivers sliced through the soft chalk. The highest peak rises 77 metres above the sea, but all of them offer stunning panoramic views of the dark ocean waters. 

    At the foot of the cliffs, you can view sea anemones, sponges and other marine life. It's now a part of the Heritage Coast and has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

    Location: S Downs Way, Eastbourne BN20 0AB, UK

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    Pevensey Castle

    Travel back to Roman times

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    Pevensey Castle is a medieval Norman structure built on top of the bones of an ancient Roman fort. This structure has played an important role in almost every era of English history, even serving a defensive role during World War II. 

    Today, you and your partner can walk the wide-open, green grounds, explore the hallways, towers and walking bridges, and gaze out from the walls over the lush green countryside of Sussex. It's an exciting, historic and romantic offering in the heart of England.

    Location: Castle Rd, Westham, Pevensey BN24 5LE, UK

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)37 0333 1181

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    Carpet Gardens

    Walk hand-in-hand among the flowers

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    Taking an intimate walk through the bright colours and delicate scents of an immaculately tended flower garden can be very romantic, and that's exactly what you'll get when you visit Carpet Gardens. 

    These famed gardens are the heart of the Eastbourne Promenade, and you can explore elaborate displays of planted artwork, bedded flowers, cacti and fountains. Here, you'll find a melding of traditional local plant life and exotic tropical plants from places as diverse as Mexico, New Zealand and the Mediterranean.

    Location: Grand Parade, Eastbourne BN21 3YN, UK

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    Eastbourne Heritage Centre

    Connect to history at the Eastbourne Heritage Centre

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    If your idea of romance is discovering a deep connection to the history and roots of the region, the Eastbourne Heritage Centre is the place to visit. History buffs will love the rich collection of photos, maps and documents outlining local culture and history, and the artwork and architecture is nothing short of stunning. 

    You can view postcards from the 19th century and even films that document the most seminal events in the legacy of Eastbourne. It's an ideal stopover for any couple on a romantic holiday.

    Location: 2 Carlisle Rd, Eastbourne BN21 4BT, UK

    Open: Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Friday from 2 pm to 5 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1323 411189

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    Herstmonceux Castle

    Walk in the peaceful gardens

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    This brick castle dates to the 15th century and is among the oldest significant brick structures still standing in the United Kingdom. It was, in fact, among the first buildings to use bricks, which were created from local clay. Today, its parks and gardens draw thousands of visitors who wish to walk through the peaceful green meadows and brightly coloured floral displays. It's a Grade II location on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens and is a perfect escape for history buffs or couples looking for peace and serenity.

    Location: Hailsham BN27 1RN, UK

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1323 833816

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    War Memorial

    Honour Britain's fallen heroes

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    The Eastbourne War Memorial is a historical landmark at the heart of central Eastbourne. It's designed to commemorate all of those who served in both world wars. One unique thing about this memorial is that it was originally built to honour World War I veterans but has been added to for each subsequent conflict in which Great Britain has partaken. It's a wonderful way to honour those who have stood up to fight over the many decades since the early 20th century.

    Location: Memorial Roundabout, Eastbourne BN21 4QN, UK

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    Italian Gardens

    Hide away at this secluded grotto

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    Tucked beneath the Helen Gardens at Holywell, the Italian Gardens are hidden and secluded. They're just steps away from Holywell beach and are carved from a chalk cliff face that was once an independent quarry. 

    They were turned into the gardens we know today in the early days of the 20th century. Today, this secret garden-style grotto is ideal for stealing away with that special someone to have a picnic lunch and some intimate time away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the world. Every July, the Italian Gardens hosts alfresco Shakespeare performances. 

    Location: 53 King Edward's Parade, Eastbourne BN20 7XB, UK

    Phone: +44 (0)1323 410611

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    Arlington Bluebell Walk & Farm Trail

    Take a walk in the British countryside

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    This walking trail in a public farm is a stunning showcase of all the beauty nature has to offer. As you walk through the ancient oaks of Beatons Wood, you'll see deep-green carpets of leaves and stems with bright-white wood anemones, deep shades of English bluebells and a veritable rainbow of purples, reds and other colours. 

    Every spring and summer, couples and families visit here to get lost among the trails and be enchanted by the mesmerising colour palette that nature has to offer.

    Location: Bates Green Farm, Tye Hill Road, Arlington, Polegate BN26 6SH, UK

    Phone: +44 (0)1323 485151

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