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 4.2/5.

“Fantastic castle at the top of a steep cliff which has fallen into disrepair, as not much left, but stunning views of seaside and a steep train ride takes you to it directly from the beach, great historic attraction, worth the visit” ~ Antonio - 2022

“Nice old ruin with nice view. Everything well and clearly described on signs. Nice combination deal together with the smugglers museum and the aquarium, which is highly recommended” ~ Maikel - 2022

“This was so interesting. Lots of information around the ruins throughout and facts from past and present” ~ Tina - 2022

“I found it well maintained for its age and the staff helpful. The walk or lift up to it is a great trip in itself. Great views” ~ Sajjad - 2022

Book Tickets

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult ticket£6.25 per ticket
2 adults and 2 children£20.50 per ticket
65+ & student£5.75 per ticket
aged 3-12£5.00 per ticket

No need to book. Card payments only on arrival. Under 3s go free.
Combi ticket for Aquarium & Smugglers Adventure - £24 (aged 13+) £19.31 (child) £22.50 (concessions) £82.13 (family ticket)



  • Guide Dogs Permitted


  • Picnic Site


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

Closed for Winter (1 Jan 2024 - 9 Feb 2024)
Monday - SundayClosed

* No dogs are permitted into the grounds except guide dogs.
Please visit the website for full opening times.

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