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Hastings Castle & 1066 Story


Type:Castle / Fort

Castle Hill Road, West Hill, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 3AR

Tel: 01424 422964



It was the Normans invading Britain in 1066 who took advantage of the hill which overlooked the port of Hastings, erecting their prefabricated wooden fortress, to be rebuilt in stone following the Conquest.

Hastings Castle sits on high of the West Hill overlooking the old town of Hastings. You may reach the castle by driving through back streets or parking in one of the seafront public car parks and taking the West Hill Cliff Railway from town to the top of the cliff.

An exciting 20 minute audio-visual programme ‘The 1066 Story’ covers the Conquest and the history of the Castle through the centuries. The theatre, designed as a medieval siege tent, seats up to 70.

The castle’s south wall and keep were lost to the sea while the remaining walls are ruins. However, the castle remnants still give insight regarding its original architecture. Entry to the castle is gained through the north gate with dungeons located to the left. The walls of the Chapel of the Holy Cross, located along the interior of the north wall, are the largest ones remaining. A high archway and spiral staircase, which is locked by a gate to prevent visitor entry, also exist.

Remains of the east gate and east wall, which served as the foundation for the two towers can still be seen. The motte is located in the northeast corner of the castle. However, it does not possess extensive stonework due to relocation of the keep during the 12th century.

Hastings Castle Reviews (from Google)

Average rating 3.75/5 from 4 reviews.

  • Absolutely brilliant and beautiful 
    Lorna, 2017 - 5 stars
  • Lovely to see the history here, obviously focusing on 1066. The castle is in ruins but it's well worth seeing. The hill lift that can take you up the side of the hill is a funicular railway, again well worth experiencing and something different to do while exploring the local area. Great views from the top of the hill too! 
    Rebecca, 2016 - 4 stars
  • Little disappointed but I'm not sure what I was expecting. Nice to pop in and take in the views and history but don't plan on it being a long visit as there is not too much to see. Still, worth a visit.
    Bob, 2016 - 4 stars
  • Very disappointing considering the £4 entrance fee. You can see just as much from outside.  A small amount of ruins and a film which was made in the 50's. There are much better free films concerning the castle on youtube.
    David, 2016 - 2 stars

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult ticket£4.95
Concession ticket£4.25 per ticket
2 a and 2 c£15.80 per ticket
2 a and 3 c£19.75 per ticket
aged 3-12£3.95
Prebooked£3.95 per ticket

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.


Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre
  • Smoking Some Areas


  • Guide Dogs Permitted

Parking & Transport

  • Railway station within walking distance


  • Picnic Site

Payment Methods

  • Approx length of visit - 1 hour
  • Groups Accepted - Essential to prebook.Please pre book.
  • Min group size - 10
  • Special group rates

Establishment Features

  • Audio Commentary in Foreign Languages
  • Toilets

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted

Audio Commentary in Foreign Languages

  • French audio guide
  • German audio guide



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    Recent Reviews:

    • RemoteRogue
      Plymouth, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Charming castle ruins
      3 of 5 stars
      Friday, 8th June 2018
      A charming site of the castle ruins, an interesting walk around and you get to go into the dungeons. A nice video that tells you the story of 1066. We took the children as we bought the 3 in 1... Read full review
    • Brian H
      Hillerod, Denmark
      Trip Type:
      Nice castle with good views
      4 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 3rd June 2018
      Given that Hastings doesn't have much to offer, this was the highlight of our day in Hastings. The trip to the castle is a good little hike if you go by foot - parking is available close to the... Read full review
    • Detritus68
      Innsbruck, Austria
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      good information about the battle, nice to walk around, needs only 20 Minutes + 15 for the film
      4 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 2nd June 2018
      We visited on a cloudy day and the ruins (easy to reach with the cable car) were a nice contrast to the busy and noisy harbour area. We got good informations about the battle of 1066 in the film... Read full review

    Map & Directions

    Road Directions

    Smugglers Adventure and Hastings Castle & 1066 Story are located on the West Hill. Although limited Pay and Display parking is available on the hill, we advise customers to park in a more easily accessible car park on the seafront.

    From there, guests can take the West Hill Cliff Railway located on George Street or walk via signposted pathways on George Street and High Street to the attractions.

    The seafront car park can be located using the postcode TN34 3AJ on a satellite navigation system.

    The nearest train station is Hastings.

    Public Transport Directions

    Nearest station is Hastings. Follow the signs to West Hill.


    • Hastings Castle

    Opening Times

    Closed (1 Jan 2017 - 10 Feb 2017)
    Open February Half Term (11 Feb 2017 - 19 Feb 2017)
    Closed (20 Feb 2017 - 31 Mar 2017)
    2017 Season (1 Apr 2017 - 31 Oct 2017)

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