Sussex town has most charity shops in UK – Can you pick up a bargain?

Eastbourne has the most charity shops in the UK, it has just been revealed, but can you also pick up a bargain in the property market?

The East Sussex town, and specifically its BN21 postcode, was found to have a total of 35 charity shops in its area, reports The Argus.

Hove’s BN3 postcode was also found to have 33 charity shops, whilst Brighton also featured in joint-eighth place at 27 charity shops in the BN1 postcode.

The research was conducted by and it got us thinking about the beachfront area known for its elderly population.

It was the first place in country with an average age of over 70 after all.

Eastbourne attractions

Here are some of the notable attractions in Eastbourne:

Eastbourne Pier: This iconic Victorian pier is a central attraction with amusements, bars, and beautiful views of the coast. It’s a great place for a leisurely stroll or to enjoy traditional seaside amusements.

Beaches: Eastbourne has a beautiful coastline with several beaches, including Eastbourne Beach, Holywell Beach, and Pevensey Bay Beach. They are ideal for sunbathing, swimming, or taking a relaxing walk along the shore.

Beachy Head: This famous chalk headland is a short drive or walk from Eastbourne. It offers breathtaking views of the sea and is a great spot for hiking and picnicking. The Beachy Head Lighthouse is also a notable landmark.

Seven Sisters Country Park: Located nearby, this park is part of the South Downs National Park and is known for its dramatic white cliffs, rolling hills, and scenic trails. It’s perfect for hiking and enjoying the natural beauty of the area.

Redoubt Fortress and Military Museum: This historic fort is a fascinating place to learn about the military history of the area. It features a range of exhibits and displays related to the local military heritage.

Turner prize 

Towner Art Gallery: This contemporary art gallery hosts a diverse collection of artworks and frequently changing exhibitions, making it a great destination for art enthusiasts. It is also this year’s location for the Turner Prize 2023.

Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway Adventure Park: A fun attraction for families, this park offers miniature steam train rides, a playground, and beautiful gardens. It’s an enjoyable place for kids and adults alike.

Gardens: Eastbourne is known for its lovely gardens, including the Italian Gardens, Helen Garden, and Eastbourne Carpet Gardens. These provide peaceful spots for leisurely walks and picnics.

Eastbourne Bandstand: Known for its concerts and events, this bandstand hosts live music performances and entertainment throughout the summer. It’s a great way to enjoy the evenings by the sea.

Shopping: Eastbourne has a variety of shops, boutiques, and markets, especially in the town center. You can find a range of items from clothing and souvenirs to local produce.

Sports and Outdoor Activities: You can enjoy a range of outdoor activities such as water sports, golf, and cycling in the area. The South Downs offer fantastic hiking and cycling routes.

Eastbourne Sovereign Harbour: This modern marina offers a selection of restaurants, cafes, and shops, making it a pleasant place for a waterside stroll.

Can you pick up a bargain?

We have had a look around and here are a few properties we have spotted in Eastbourne.


For £300,000 you could get a ‘2 bedroom seafront apartment forming part of this sought after block available chain free,’ according to Right Move.


£300,000 would also get you a ‘three bedroom end of terraced house in the Langney area of Eastbourne, close to local schools, bus routes and the newly redeveloped Langney shopping centre,’ according to Right Move.


At £105,000 a ‘studio flat set within the lower Meads location. The property falls conveniently located within the lower Meads location close to Eastbourne town centre offering a wealth of useful amenities,’ according to Right Move.



For £225,000 a ‘newly refurbished two bedroom end of terrace house is ideally positioned close to the Seafront, local shops and Town Centre,’ according to Right Move.


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