Eastbourne Dotto

Holywell Retreat - Sovereign Harbour

From theme parks to zoos, history to culture, Eastbourne is literally bursting at the seams with things to see and do.


£2.50 for a single ride (£1.40 for children aged 5 to 15) and day ticket for just £5 per day (£2.50 for children aged 5 to 15)

Travel Type:


No. of Attractions:

5 places to visit

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Journey Duration:

45 minutes

Route Frequency:

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Starting point:

Sovereign Harbour - Atlantic Drive

How to get here

Journey fact:

Eastbourne is home to the oldest tennis tournament in the world, the Eastbourne International.

Journey Overview

Dotto runs along the sea-front everyday from Saturday 1st April – Sunday 16th April, then every weekend until Sunday 28th May and then runs everyday until 1st October 2023. It will not run 17th-20th August 2023.

The Dotto is a trackless train that runs along the entire Eastbourne seafront promenade during the summer months. There’s fun-filled entertainment at every stop on the way – Wish Tower Slopes, Eastbourne Pier, Treasure Island, Fort Fun and Sovereign Centre. It’s a fantastic way to take in the lovely seaside views of the seas and the vintage buildings overlooking the bay, whilst stopping on and off to take in the many attractions. The iconic, trackless Dotto Train has been part of the Eastbourne landscape and seafront experience for many generations, providing stylish experiences up and down the promenade and no trip is complete without an ice cream in one hand and i-phone in the other, taking selfies or snaps of the many sights on this seafront sojourn! 

A Fab Day Out!

Our advice is to get an early taster of Eastbourne, so you don’t miss out on anything, by taking a trip on the open top bus which gives a great overview of Eastbourne and out to Beachy Head and back. Then, a good place to start your Dotto Train adventure is at The Wish Tower which has long been an iconic landmark on the seafront. Then, it’s on the Dotto Take a walk down the After the Pier, a stroll down the beach and unspoiled promenade is hugely enjoyable – this is a beach that First stop is the famous 300-metre long pier which is a stone’s throw from the famous bandstand which hosts over 140 performances a year for all ages and tastes. A deviation from the Dotto for a quick dip in the sea or walk down the beautiful beach is a treat – it’s a beach that stretches 4 miles from Sovereign Harbour to Beachy Head. Along the seafront is the Italian gardens, which is a secluded paradise with a wooden ampitheatre carved out of the cliff face. Then further along is the Wish Tower which is the start of the Dotto Train experience. From the Pier, the Dotto stops at Treasure Island, where there’s lots of family fun to be had, at Buccanneers Indoor Adventure, which is a soft play areas on 2 levels with slides and zip lines and at Long John Silver’s Adventure, which re-opens in Summer 2023. There’s also Pirates Adventure Golf which provides putting antics over and under bridges, through caves, whilst taking in pirates lore. The Dotto awaits, though, and it’s on to Fort Fun with its soft play and large adventure playground, as well as splash park. Back on board the Dotto and it’s to the final stop, The Heritage Centre, a charming Grade II listed building with its fabulous displays of original maps, book collections, pictures, artefacts and films from the delightful cinema, which is decorated in glorious period style adorned with original plaster masks salvaged from the Old Town’s Plaza Cinema. 

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