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 home to Battle Museum of Local History, which has on display the only axe head to be recovered from the battlefield and the oldest Guy Fawkes in the world. 

Battle 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. 2021, sees the completion off ten specially commissioned sculptures based on the Bayeux Tapestry, that will now form part of the trail.  Every October an annual re-enactment of the Battle of Hastings takes place at the Abbey and Battlefield, a definite date for the diary.  

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.

  • Take a river cruise (or kayak) from Bodiam Boating Station to Bodiam Castle – a child’s fairy tale moated castle. Then return to your starting place via the Kent & East Sussex steam railway
  • Batemans, a fascinating National Trust property, once home to Rudyard Kipling.
  • Herstmonceux Castle, set in 550 acres of glorious parkland & superb Elizabethan gardens.

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.  You'll find a host of fantastic places to stay in and around Sussex here.  

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What's Nearby

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