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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.

Find out more about Sussex or see other attractions and places to visit in the county.

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  • Guide Dogs Permitted

Audio Commentary in Foreign Languages

  • French audio guide
  • German audio guide

Establishment Features

  • Audio Commentary in Foreign Languages
  • Printed Material in Foreign Languages
  • Toilets

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

Printed Material in Foreign Languages

  • French printed material
  • German printed material

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction
  • No Smoking Attraction

Specialist Features

  • Marketed Towards Families

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted


  • Certificate of Excellence 2018

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Recent Reviews:

  • lisa2809
    Exeter, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 27th March 2019
    Thoroughly enjoyed this visit more than o expected to. I thought would be a guided tour but liked the fact it wasn’t. Some of the exhibits had buttons to push that didn’t work. Read full review
  • Hayley_8
    Barnet, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Good to kill an hour or so
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 5th April 2019
    Interesting. Very dark inside and sometimes hard to navigate so possibly not suitable if you're not very mobile. It's good fun but not huge so you're not in there long. We stayed for 45 mins. Bit... Read full review
  • Alice K
    Trip Type:
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 13th April 2019
    Really fun and interesting experience. Would recommend to all age groups. Staff are also very nice and helpful. You can buy the smugglers adventure with the aquarium and another landmark as a triple... Read full review

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