The Best Rockpooling in Sussex!

We make no secret of our love of rockpooling here at I Spy Fun. It's a fantastic free activity for children of all ages (even grown ups!) and educational too. So to coincide with National Marine Week, we’ve put together a guide to the best places to go rockpooling in Sussex.

Top Tip: Google low tide times to discover the best rockpools and wear sturdy footwear that you don’t mind getting wet! 

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Published: 28/07/20 

HOLYWELL, EASTBOURNE

Located at the western end of the seafront in an area known as Holywell, a huge expanse of rockpools is exposed at low tide providing hours of fun for the whole family! 

FACILITIES:

Refreshments: Holywell Tea Chalet - large outside seating area 

Toilets: Now open

Parking: On street pay and display

Dogs: Allowed on the beach year-round in the Holywell area, but restrictions are in place as you travel further east, towards the bandstand and pier. 

WHAT ELSE CAN I DO THERE?

*Explore the Italian Gardens, located behind the Tea Chalet - a lovely place for a picnic!

*Visit the playground in nearby Helen Gardens

*Take a walk along the coastal path at Falling Sands. Click here for more information.

*Walk or scoot along the promenade in the direction of the Pier (cycling not permitted) or catch the Dotto train (stops outside the Tea Chalet)

Find out more - read our family guide to rockpooling in Eastbourne

BIRLING GAP

Set beneath enormous chalk cliffs, some of the best rockpools in Sussex are revealed at low-tide!

WHAT ELSE CAN I DO THERE?

Enjoy a walk on the beautiful coastal path to Belle Tout lighthouse, which was moved back from the cliff edge in 1998 following a major cliff fall. 

Click here to read our visitors' guide.

FACILITIES:

Refreshments: The National Trust cafe is open for take-away snacks

Toilets: Have reopened

Parking: Pay and display by cash or phone (free for NT members)

Dogs: Allowed on the beach year-round. Please keep your dog on a lead when walking beside the cliff edge. 

SEVEN SISTERS

You’ll need to walk a bit (2 km) to get to this one, but it’s a stunning route. The flat, concrete trail is ideal for cycling, scooting and pushing! Simply follow the ‘beach trail’ signs along the meandering river Cuckmere to be rewarded with spectacular views of the Seven Sisters cliffs and some great rockpools at low tide.

WHAT ELSE CAN I DO THERE?

The beach can also be reached via an alternative route through the Seaford Head Nature Reserve (not wheel friendly) which offers spectacular views of the Seven Sisters cliffs and Cuckmere Valley. 

Click here to read our family guide to Seven Sisters Country Park.

FACILITIES:

Refreshments: Takeaways are available from the Saltmarsh Cafe (situated near the Visitor Centre) and an ice cream van can usually be found in the car park. Alternatively, the Cuckmere Inn (overlooking the river) is also just a short walk away from the car park

Toilets: The toilets and Visitor Centre remain closed at this time

Parking: Pay and display 

Dogs: Allowed on the beach year-round. 

ROTTINGDEAN

An enormous stretch of rockpools can be found here, stretching from Saltdean to Brighton Marina! Click here to see our family guide.

FACILITIES:

Refreshments: Molly's Cafe - outdoor seating & takeaway

Toilets: Now open

Parking: Pay and display in nearby car park

Dogs: The beaches between Brighton Marina and Rottingdean are dog friendly, year round 

WHAT ELSE CAN I DO THERE?

Scoot, cycle or walk along the Undercliff Path towards Brighton Marina.

 

Top Tip: Rottingdean is located just 3.5 km from Brighton Marina. It’s possible to park at the Marina for free (up to 4 hours) and then scoot/cycle or walk along the Undercliff Path to reach good rockpooling beaches. Click here for more information.

LANCING

This is the only beach that we know about that has both sand and rockpools at low tide. Although the rockpools cover a relatively small area, this beach is great for younger children as they can stand safely on the sand whilst exploring the pools.

WHAT ELSE CAN I DO THERE?

*Play in the beachside park or scoot/skate in the skatepark

*Enjoy the large green space adjacent to the beach - perfect for a game of frisbee.

*scoot, cycle or walk along the promenade

 

Click here to find out more.

FACILITIES:

Refreshments: The popular Perch Cafe is open for eat in + takeaway

Toilets: Now open

Parking: Just £1.50 to park all day!

Dogs: Allowed on the beach year-round 

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