Dog-friendly hotels in East Sussex

They say every dog has its day; but not every dog has a holiday.

Many hotels don’t cater to canine guests. At The Lansdowne, though, we don’t believe in separating you from man’s best friend: that’s why we’re proud to be a dog-friendly hotel in Eastbourne. Make it a trip for all your furry extended family and bring them along for your stay at The Lansdowne.

And why wouldn’t you? Pooches love the Eastbourne coast. From the springy turf of the Seven Sisters to our multitude of parks, they’re in doggy heaven. Just think: you’ll be able to seize the day leash in hand and explore the breadth of Sussex with your best pal by your side.


Good thing Eastbourne beach is dog friendly- though you may want to keep them close on the pebbles! After a day of sand and salt, you might want to try out the local top-rated groomers in Eastbourne- such as Pugs in a Tub Ltd (3 minute drive), Muddy-Mutts dog grooming (8 minute drive) or Tia & Duke Dog Grooming (5 minute drive). If you need a top-up of treats, toys or just local pet advice, you can try Pets Pantry (8 minute drive), or Pets at Home Eastbourne (10 minute drive).

When you return from a hard day’s walk, refuel the woof machine with the dog bowl waiting in your room.


However, we don’t believe in keeping you cooped up just because you brought a pet: The Lansdowne has a dedicated lounge for dogs and their human companions, as well as a dog-friendly restaurant where we’re happy to set up a table for you both. Every pet-friendly stay in Eastbourne comes with a complimentary goody-bag too: just a little gift from us.


It’s hard to find dog friendly hotels in Eastbourne- but with us, booking is easy.


Simply add your pet to your online reservation once a date and bedroom is selected. Save on the kennels today: we’ll see you in Eastbourne.


(Owners are held responsible for any damage they may cause. The Charge is £20.00 per dog, per day. We do not supply Dog Food.)

During your stay at our dog-friendly hotel in Eastbourne, try exploring these walks with man’s best friend.



The route along the downs to this famous cliff makes for a beautiful walk with the pooch. Park in one of the many car parks along Beachy Head Road (BN20 7YA), the biggest being the Beachy Head Pub (5 minute drive from The Lansdowne Hotel). If you’re travelling by train, this location is only 3 stops from the Western Lawns station (2 minute walk from The Lansdowne Hotel) to Beachy Head Centre. From there, you can traverse the cliffs to Beachy head itself: either over the downs, or on the firmer and more accessible Peace Path (a 750 metre circular route). On a clear day, this walk’s picturesque views extend for miles, with particularly spectacular sunsets and sunrises. Bring a pair of binoculars to see as the gulls do and look out for an array of local waterfowl. This path does err close to the cliff’s edge, so you may want to keep untrained dogs leashed and close by! Grab a drink after at The Beachy Head, another dog-friendly pub in Eastbourne, only 1 minute from the station.

Parking: £3.00 for up to 4 hours



This spot is something out of a postcard: a quaint beach at the base of a chalky white cliff.

This National Trust signposted walk is perfect for dog walkers, linking Birling Gap to the Seven Sisters. Start at Crowlink NT Car Park (BN20 0AX). From here it’s a 36 minute walk to Birling Gap, where you and the tail-wagger can explore rock pools and a pebbled beach. The walk itself does pass by sheep fields and the cliff’s edge, so be sure to bring a leash to keep canine friends close where they could be a nuisance!

Parking: £1.50 for up to 1 hour; £3 for up to 2 hours; £6 for more than 2 hours



Just 20 minutes down the road in Seaford you’ll find Cuckmere Haven, a crook in the valley where River Cuckmere trickles into the English Channel. Following the meandering river is a pretty walk ending at the dog-friendly beach below. Try parking at South Hill Barn Car Park (BN25 4JQ) or getting the bus directly from Memorial Roundabout (10 minute walk from The Lansdowne Hotel) to Chyngton Lane. The path itself is easy to find and follows a 20-30 minute walk, boasting panoramic views all the way down. Pups will love trotting along the windswept hills, splashing through the river and retrieving balls on the sand. On hot days, the water also provides a refreshing way for dogs to regulate their temperature!

For a bite to eat or swift pint afterwards, try The Cuckmere Inn: a dog-friendly pub in Seaford complete with a water bowl outside for thirsty hounds.

Parking: free



For hiking daredevils and their loyal companions, plan out your route on the 100 mile trek over the Seven Sisters from Winchester to Eastbourne: the South Downs Way- be sure to stop in at The Lansdowne Hotel along the way!

Please note when on the beach all dogs must be kept on a lead from April – October


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