Hastings Castle & 1066 Story


Type:Castle / Fort

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

Tel: 01424 422964

View of Hastings Castle 1066


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

Book Tickets

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult ticket£6.00 per ticket
2 adults and 2 children£20.00 per ticket
65+ & student£5.50 per ticket
aged 3-12£5.00 per ticket

No need to book. Cash and card accepted on arrival. Under 3s go free.



  • Guide Dogs Permitted

Audio Commentary in Foreign Languages

  • French audio guide
  • German audio guide


  • Picnic Site

Establishment Features

  • Audio Commentary in Foreign Languages
  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • Railway station within walking distance

Payment Methods

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

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre
  • Smoking Some Areas

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted


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

Hastings Castle (12 Apr 2021 - 18 Dec 2021)
Monday10:30 - 16:00
Tuesday - ThursdayClosed
Friday - Sunday10:30 - 16:00

* Open everyday during October half term, 23rd - 31st October 2021.
Last admission 3.30pm. No dogs are permitted into the grounds except registered assistance dogs.

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