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EAST SUSSEX EASTBOURNE To find out more visit saga.co.uk/eastbourne Eastbourne and the South Downs Enjoy fantastic vistas from the welcoming View Hotel 4 nights from 379 HALF BOARD Single rooms at no extra cost* l l l All breakfasts and dinners Saga Host Welcome drink Porterage in your hotel Cancellation rights l l Excursions... Bodiam Castle (half day) Brighton Pavilion (half day). l The View Hotel QQQQ The View Hotel enjoys a fabulous setting on the Grand Parade overlooking the pier and bandstand. The buffet restaurant serves tasty, traditional English cuisine in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, and pre-dinner drinks can be taken in the bar. There is also an outside seating area perfect for gazing out to sea while enjoying a nice cup of tea. All of the 126 spacious, air-conditioned bedrooms have a television, telephone, safe, hairdryer and tea and coffee-making facilities. Disabled access is excellent throughout. Optional excursion: Royal Botanic Gardens at Wakehurst Place (half day). Beachy Head Arundel Castle Royal Pavilion Standing on the promenade offering wonderful seascapes, The View Hotel in Eastbourne is certainly well-named! It is also perfectly placed for enjoying the quintessentially British seaside town. With its extensive beaches, rows of beach huts and bandstand, the town has retained much of its Victorian character and charm. There is plenty to keep visitors entertained, both during the day and in the evenings. Perhaps visit the Cultural Quarter and see the art exhibitions at the Towner Gallery or maybe catch a show in one of the many theatres. And, as you'll be based in 1066 Country, why not pay a visit to one of the nearby castles at Pevensey, Arundel or Herstmonceux? A trip to Bodiam Castle is included in your holiday, along with a tour of flamboyant Brighton Pavilion where an audio guide will ensure you won't miss a thing! Eastbourne sits at the gateway to the South Downs National Park and to the west lies Beachy Head, one of the highest chalk cliffs in Great Britain. Further west is the Seven Sisters Country Park where a river valley and open grassland attract many walkers and nature enthusiasts. Continue a little further and you come to the peaceful resort of Seaford, followed by the lively city of Brighton, where you can explore world-class galleries and museums and maybe enjoy some retail therapy! Your hotel overlooks the pier and bandstand and there's a shingle beach just across the road. Eastbourne town centre and the railway station are about a mile away. Perhaps take a stroll along the Victorian boardwalk and have a look through its original Victorian camera obscura. To the right of the pier is Eastbourne's popular Bandstand, built in 1935. It has a yearly programme of concerts with something to suit all tastes, from tribute acts to classical music. Victorian Eastbourne A walk along the striking seafront in Eastbourne might just transfer you from present day back in time. Eastbourne's first claim as a seaside holiday resort came after a summer visit by King George III's children Princes Edward and Octavius, and Princesses Elizabeth and Sophie in 1780. It was another century after the royal visit that Eastbourne really came into its own, following on from the extension of the railway system to the area in 1849. It saw the town reborn as an upmarket resort where tourists flooded for pleasure and to boost their health with some sea air. The iconic Grade II-listed pier opened in 1872 and the striking Grand Hotel popped up at the west end of the promenade three years later, its style and grace attracting guests including Edward Elgar and Charlie Chaplin. French composer Claude Debussy penned La Mer while gazing over the waves on Eastbourne seafront while authors Lewis Carroll and Charles Dickens also found creative inspiration in the Sussex air. Prices from: 4 nights Mar 24, 2019 379 May 26 409 Jun 30 429 Aug 11 429 Oct 14 399 Eastbourne and the South Downs - The View hotel. Holiday code: TB133. All prices are s per person based on two people sharing, including savings as advertised and are subject to availability. Single rooms: *Limited number of single rooms at no extra cost subject to availability, after which a supplement may apply. To book see page 53 and call FREE on 0800 414 441 or visit saga.co.uk/uk Please quote UG337 21