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Smugglers Adventure at St Clements Caves


Type:Historic Site

West Hill, HASTINGS, East Sussex, TN34 3HY

Tel: +44 01424 422964

Smuggler's Adventure at St. Clements Caves


An exciting adventure for all the family as you explore the sandstone wonders of St Clements Caves and discover many surprises around every darkened corner.  These acres of caverns conceal Hastings' exhilarating history of smugglers, bootleggers and warring gangs.  They became a tourist attraction in Victorian times and on February 22 1864 they even had a visit from the Prince and Princess of Wales.

In the 17th Century, a couple lived in the caves after being discharged from the town's workhouse for repeated misbehaviour.  This is just one of countless stories to be discovered in the dark depths of the caves.

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Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction
  • No Smoking Attraction


  • Guide Dogs Permitted

Parking & Transport

  • Railway station within walking distance

Payment Methods

  • Approx length of visit - 01:00
  • Delta accepted
  • Groups Accepted - Pre-booking advisable in high season.
  • Maestro Accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Min group size - 10
  • Special group rates
  • Visa accepted

Establishment Features

  • Audio Commentary in Foreign Languages
  • Printed Material in Foreign Languages
  • Toilets

Specialist Features

  • Marketed Towards Families

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted

Audio Commentary in Foreign Languages

  • French audio guide
  • German audio guide

Printed Material in Foreign Languages

  • French printed material
  • German printed material



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    Recent Reviews:

    • alison1mark2
      Portsmouth, United Kingdom
      Smugglers caves
      4 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 18th March 2018
      Popped in while exploring the older part of Hastings . You can use the cliff lift to get there or there are steps to the top ( lots !!!! ) Entrance tunnel dimly lit , but once your eyes adjust its ok... Read full review
    • Summerlok
      United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Deep Caves with Historical Exhibits.
      3 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 8th March 2018
      Enjoyed by most of the family. Some interesting historical tales and artifacts. Not suitable for the disabled or the claustrophobic. And not easy to find! Signposting could be much better. Read full review
    • Beki V
      Trip Type:
      Good fun
      4 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 25th February 2018
      We enjoyed our time at smugglers adventure. Very informative and interesting exhibits. Bit cold but thats to be expected being in caves! Maybe a little on thr pricey side given how quickly you get... Read full review

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