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Motcombe Gardens

Location (BN21 1PU)

Motcombe Gardens is tucked away in the heart of Old Town.  The gardens are approximately 1 kilometre west of Eastbourne Railway Station and just north of Saint Mary’s Parish Church.


Originally part of a farm yard the 9th Duke of Devonshire gave the garden to the town of Eastbourne in 1909.  The pond is the source of the Bourne stream from which ‘East Bourne’ got its name.  There is an historic round flint-built dovecote with a conical tiled roof standing on an upper level.

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

Main Attractions

The pond has resident ducks that are popular with children.  The lawn with seats and shady trees is ideal for picnicking.  Other seating faces Motcombe Bowls Club where members can often be watched playing during the warmer months.


  • Motcombe Bowls Club (Open to members and guests only.)

  • Lawns for informal activities 

  • Note: there are no toilet or refreshment facilities

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


Sorry, there are no playgrounds in this park.
Bus Transport Information

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


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

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