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Manor Gardens

Location (BN20 8BB)

900 metres west of Eastbourne Railway Station from where it can easily be reached via Upperton Road and The Goffs on the way to Old Town.  There is also a pedestrian link from the adjoining Gildredge Park.


Purchased from the Davis-Gilbert family in 1923.  The former manor house was used as the Towner Art Gallery and local history museum until 2005 when it was closed.  The house was originally built by the Reverend Henry Lushington shortly before 1777. 

Within the gardens are numerous historic features including a small mid to late 18th century thatched hermitage building.

In 2012 the park became nominated as a Queen Elizabeth II Field.

Main Attractions

Attractive lawn areas a complemented with shady trees and a large rose garden.  Herbaceous borders provide summer colour.  A lower area has several enclosed courts for tennis and basketball. A skate park with concrete ramps, pipes and other features opened in the spring of 2012. The skate park opening times are the same as for the gardens. See table below.


  • Toilets in the adjoining Gildredge Park

  • Tennis and basketball courts (Groups should book.)

  • Skate park

Gardens and Skate Park Opening Times

Opening Times

  • Open at 7:30am daily on weekdays, 8:00am at weekends

Closing Times

Closing times vary depending on dusk

  • January and December: 4pm

  • February and November: 5.30pm

  • March and October: 6:30pm

  • April and September: 8:00pm

  • May to August: 9:00pm


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Bus Transport Information

Stagecoach Buses stop on Church Street, Old Town, Eastbourne.


Train Transport Information
Eastbourne Train Station is approximately 10 minutes walk from Manor Gardens.

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