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This post is dedicated to our recent day trip from London to Seven Sisters Country park (& Cliffs, of course) located in the South of England. You will find all the necessary information, such as how to get to Seven Sisters Cliffs from London, what to wear there and what to expect from Seven Sisters country park.
I must admit, the trip was quite spontaneous. In the morning, we decided that we wanted to go somewhere not so far from London, and since I can’t travel abroad for some time, that couldn’t be Paris. The journey in the speed train between London and Paris only takes 2 hours 20 minutes, which is crazy. It took us almost the same to get to Ikea in Croydon, London. And it’s definitely harder to get from London to Seven Sisters Cliffs, than to Paris.
Why go to from London to Seven Sisters Country Park
Nonetheless, Seven Sisters Country Park is a must. You have probably seen the photos of gorgeous white cliffs and azure sea. Yep, that’s Seven Sisters. It’s perfect for a day trip and you can either go there for a picnic and sit & enjoy good weather in summer or go hiking along a very picturesque 12-mile trail from Seaford to Eastbourne. We decided to do the first – since as you can see, my outfit wasn’t really appropriate for hiking, but I could perfectly get on top of the cliff in my sandals.
However, later we repeated the trip to Seven Sisters, this time, to hike all the way from Seaford to beautiful Eastbourne. You can read about our adventures in this post!
If you’re hiking to Eastbourne, you will need some appropriate gear, such as hiking shoes, parka and proper pants (if it’s off-season) or just some comfortable sandals, shorts or a tracksuit. Even though the trail is not so complicated, the cliffs are very unstable and it’s not advisable to stand at the edges of cliffs.
I still don’t know whether I like Seven Sisters Cliffs or Jurassic Coast more! If you’re wondering about the Jurassic Coast, it’s way harder to get there by public transport, but if you have a car, it’s not a problem at all! Read my post about our recent road trip in the South of England, where we visited the Jurassic Coast (Durdle Door) here!
How to get to Seven Sisters Cliffs from London
Located in East Sussex, Seven Sisters Country park can easily be reached by car (if you have one) or if you’re planning to hire one – rentalcars.com is a great option. We always hire there because of their cheap full insurance, that nonetheless, works well. We started doing it after an accident we had in France.
If you’re just like us and don’t have your own vehicle other than a bike, you can take a train from London to Brighton (every 30-40 minutes from St. Pancras (longer route, 1.5 hours ) or Victoria Station (shorter route, 49 minutes). You can buy cheaper advance tickets on Trainline.
From Brighton, you can either take a bus 13x, which goes every now and then (every hour on Sundays) or buses 12 and 12A which take longer than bus 13x (it takes around 45 minutes and 12 & 12A take more than an hour) but go more often.
The price of the bus ticket is slightly over £4 per person one way or £10 if you buy a return family day ticket.
What to expect from Seven Sisters Cliffs
To be honest, I didn’t have many expectations. I knew the place was beautiful, but I didn’t know it’s so gorgeous! Also, I didn’t expect such a long journey. We left our flat in Elephant& Castle at 10:20, but we could only take a train from Victoria station at 12:05 (due to the disruptions in the work of the tube).
We got inside the bus 12 around 13:30 and only at 14:45 we were at the Seven Sisters Cliffs. There, you have to walk for 20-25 minutes to actually get to the beach/cliffs from the bus stop and then you can assign as much time to the cliffs and the country park as you want. Alternatively, you can take a train to Seaford and then take a bus from there.
However, the return buses are very full and go quite seldom, so expect to get back to Brighton with major delays. For example, we took a return bus at 5:10 (after waiting for 20 min) and were in Brighton already at 6:10 pm.
To summarise, Seven Sisters County Park is a lovely place to visit during a day trip from London or any other city in South England. It makes sense to go there when it’s sunny because only then the water is this beautiful turquoise colour (almost like in Cancun, Mexico).
Looking for some other day trip ideas from London? Head to this post about Nottingham (weekend in Nottingham), York (2-day itinerary for York), Bristol (Free things to do in Bristol) and day trip to Cotswolds!
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