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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:

    • RickityP
      Surbiton, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Very intersesting.
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 15th May 2018
      Did not know this place exsisted until recently. I discovered trough a family tree search that I had half cousins in USA who are direct descendants of Joseph Golding which made the visit even more... Read full review
    • LawsInLondon
      Greater London, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Loved it!
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 8th May 2018
      We really enjoyed our walk through the caves! Loved the creepy characters! Worth a visit if you're in Hastings! Especially on a boiling hot day, it's SO cool down there! Read full review
    • Xtremepaul
      Hastings, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      It was ok but not great
      3 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 6th May 2018
      Went with my young family, our two children aged 5 and 7 were freaked out with how dark it is with the scary characters.. very dated and looks like it needs some money spending on it.. they must use... Read full review

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