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Type:Towns & Villages

Battle Abbey


The town of Battle, site of the most famous battle in English history, is internationally known as part of 1066 Country. The beautiful town is built around the abbey which was erected on the site of the battle of 1066. To celebrate his victory, William built the imposing Battle where you can still see the very spot King Harold fell.

Also set on the battlefield is the 12th-century church of St. Mary the Virgin. There can be found a magnificent Romanesque nave, rare 14th-century wall paintings and the stunning Senlac commemorative stain glass window. Experience a more recent living history at the fascinating Yesterday's World. Here, you can step back through the ages, and enjoy bygone shops and room settings, displaying intriguing collectables and antiques.

Today, Battle is a thriving market town featuring Georgian and medieval cottages amongst a host of interesting shops, restaurants, historic pubs and tea-rooms.  It is also the centre of the 31 mile 1066 Country walk between Pevensey Castle and ancient Rye, with its links to the coast at Bexhill and Hastings.

Things to do near Battle

In addition to Hastings and of course the Abbey and Battlefield for which the town is famous, these five tourist attractions are all within a 20 minute drive of Battle.

Coach parking in Battle: A coach park is available at the top of Battle High Street, next to Budgens supermarket.  There is space for 12 coaches.

Find what's on near Battle with our Sussex events guide or explore the local towns and villages in the 'what's nearby' section below.


Map & Directions

What's Nearby

  1. Bexhill-on-Sea

    Renowned for its bracing and equable climate since Victorian times, there are plenty of...

    5.04 miles away
  2. Hastings

    Set in the heart of 1066 Country and the remains of William the Conqueror's first English...

    5.62 miles away
  3. Herstmonceux

    Herstmonceux is a village and civil parish in the Wealden District of East Sussex.

    7.41 miles away
  1. Pevensey

    With so many notable attractions in Sussex it often happens that the quirky and unusual...

    9.18 miles away
  2. Hawkhurst

    The ancient Wealden village of Hawkhurst is widely known for its beautiful surroundings...

    9.39 miles away
  3. Winchelsea

    The Ancient town of Winchelsea. Once a thriving port within the Cinque Ports...

    9.73 miles away
  4. Hailsham

    The town centre is a delightful mixture of the old and new, having two modern shopping...

    10.25 miles away
  5. Rye

    Rye's ancient medieval streets are clustered around a sandstone hillside, over River...

    10.91 miles away
  6. 1066 Country

    With a spectacular combination of coast and countryside that's littered with relics and...

    11.36 miles away
  7. Heathfield

    Heathfield is a small market town with a big view. Standing on a ridge, it is surrounded...

    11.37 miles away
  8. Wadhurst

    Wadhurst lies 6 miles south east of Tunbridge Wells, at the crossroads of the B2100 and...

    11.82 miles away
  9. Mayfield

    Mayfield is a large village in north-east Sussex, 9 miles south of Tunbridge Wells off...

    12.2 miles away
  10. Cranbrook

    Cranbrook, known as the Capital of the Weald, is a pretty town with a medieval layout of...

    12.79 miles away
  11. Polegate

    Polegate lies on the Roman road which runs from Pevensey Castle (Anderida) to Lewes.

    13.26 miles away
  12. Eastbourne

    One of the UK's favourite seaside destinations, Eastbourne is an enchanting mix of...

    13.5 miles away
  13. Tenterden

    Tenterden, known as the ‘Jewel of the Weald’, offers the best of all worlds; fascinating...

    13.75 miles away
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