Pevensey Bay

This rural, shingle beach about 5 miles north-east of Eastbourne is known to be the place where William the Conqueror landed in 1066 before the Battle of Hastings.  During the 12th century, the former harbour was a busy commercial port, although today the coast has receded so the village of Pevensey is now about 1 mile away from the beach.

The beach is quieter than most of the beaches along this stretch of the coast and unusually for this area, there are no cliffs. This is a good beach to come to for views over the channel and around the gentle curve of the coastline.

North-east of the beach is a flat, marshy area known as the Pevensey Levels.  This is home to the rare fen raft spider and a wide range of interesting flora and fauna.
In 2016 the remains of a 50 foot whale washed up on the Pevensey Bay Beach in almost exactly the same spot where a similar large whale washed up in 1865. 

There is a pay-and-display car park, with toilets adjacent to the beach.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

We do not have information on this beach but restrictions may apply (usually from Easter until the end of Summer)

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  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Good fishing
  • Jet-skiing
  • Sailing
  • Wind surfing


  • Pub nearby

Nearest town



BN24 6HX

OS grid ref.

TQ 6587 0397


Pay parking is available with disabled spaces.

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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