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Battle Abbey Solider, Hastings, West Sussex

Two Things dominate the character of the bustling East Sussex town of Hastings – the sea and 1066. One of the medieval Cinque Ports, Hastings has long had a close relationship with the ocean, and although its fishing industry has declined, it still has Europe's largest beach-launched fishing fleet.

As for the Norman Conquests, Hastings is not the actual location of the famous battle in 1066. That exact spot is just a few miles down the road at Battle Abbey. However, its legacy still colours the entire town. The remains of William the Conqueror's first English castle still stand today, though centuries of warfare and erosion have taken their toll.

Today Hastings offers a range of attractions for the short break visitor. From Britain's steepest funicular, to the meandering alleyways of the Old Town, it's a great place to explore for a few days.

Hastings also boasts a lively (and growing) arts scene. Every year the coastal Current Arts Festival brings a stunning variety of works and performances to Hastings. This innovative, creative side to Hastings comes out in unexpected places. The seafront is now decorated with several impressive light displays – including the wonderful Sticks of Rock!

Things to see and do in Hastings...

  • Try the Shipwreck and Coastal Heritage Centre for tales of souls lost at sea then head to the nearby Blue Reef Aquarium to get up close and personal with numerous sea creatures.
  • Visit the nearby town of Battle and see the site of the famous 1066 Battle of Hastings at Battle Abbey.
  • Take a look at the John Logie Baird Collection at the Hastings Museum and Art Gallery - Baird was living in Hastings when he invented the television.
  • Find out about the area’s links to 18th century smuggling at the Smugglers Adventure at St Clements Caves.
  • Wander on down to Rye Harbour and experience its unique maritime history. With a quantity of dazzling beaches, museums, nature reserves, and restaurants to name just a few of its many attractions, Rye Harbour is sure to capture your imagination.

More Hastings Information.

Guided tours of the town can be arranged from Hastings Tourist Information Centre or from the railway station. Blue Badge Guided Tours are also available in Hastings (and a great way to get an insight into the history of the town).

For more information visit the official tourism website for Hastings or download the official guide for Hastings and St Leonards


What's Nearby

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  2. Hastings Castle and 1066 Story

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    0.49 miles away
  3. Cliff Railways

    East Hill Lift provides easy access to the Country Park
    West Hill Lift takes you to the Castle and...

    0.55 miles away
  4. Alexandra Park

    This 109 acre park was originally laid out by Robert Marnock, a renowned landscape gardener, in...

    0.66 miles away
  1. Smugglers Adventure at St Clements Caves

    These acres of caverns conceal Hastings' exhilarating history of smugglers, bootleggers and warring...

    0.73 miles away
  2. Old Town Hall Museum

    Housed in a Regency town hall, the displays include seaside holidays, wartime, fishing, Victorian...

    0.74 miles away
  3. Jerwood Gallery

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  4. De La Warr Pavilion

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  5. Bexhill Museum

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  6. 1066 Battle Abbey and Battlefield

    An abbey founded by William the Conqueror on the site of the Battle of Hastings. Battlefield views...

    5.66 miles away
  7. Yesterday's World

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  8. Lamb House

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  9. Royal Military Canal

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  10. Bodiam Castle

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  11. The Observatory Science Centre

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  12. Gardens and Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle

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