The South coast of England conjures the most iconic seaside holidays

From Bournemouth to Ramsgate, there are a string of charming off-the-beaten-track and trendy spots, including Brighton, Eastbourne, Hastings, Whitstable. Dotted along the coast are some magnificent structures that have in recent years been given a facelift. The De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill on Sea is one gem.

The De La Warr Pavilion built in 1935 is a Grade One listed building on the seafront in Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex and is widely recognised as one of the most iconic Modernist buildings in Britain. It was refurbished in 2005.

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When war was declared in 1939, the building, along with other public entertainment venues in the UK, was temporarily closed and forced to black-out. The Pavilion‘s first floor was requisitioned by the Ministry of Defence to house the operating arm of its southern command.


When you walk in, you will find a large gallery on the ground floor. There is a Café Bar & Kitchen on the first floor with a commanding view of the surf.



Information on De La Warr Pavilion Gallery Opening Times

The De La Warr Pavilion is open every day of the year except Christmas Day. The building is also open later in the evenings for programmed events.

Opening times
Monday – Sunday – 10am – 5pm
Visitors Information
Direct trains go from London Victoria, Brighton and Ashford to Bexhill.