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Hastings Castle

Stir your imagination at the ruins of this once mighty clifftop fortress, built by William the Conqueror in the 11th century.

Though only fragments of it remain, Hastings Castle is still tremendously atmospheric. Its splendid clifftop setting means it can be seen from most parts of town. Visitors are drawn here for its interesting and tumultuous history and for the incredible views it offers of the cliffs and coastline. Watch a video explaining the significance of the Norman fortress and peruse the evocative ruins.

Get familiar with the castle’s history by watching the informative 20-minute video detailing the story of the Norman conquest of England. Hastings Castle was built in the 1060s under orders from William the Conqueror, who had defeated British King Harold II just a few years earlier during the pivotal Battle of Hastings. Over the centuries, the castle has suffered extensive damage from erosion and it was again left in ruins after King Henry VIII ordered that all Catholic sites should be destroyed. World War II delivered more blows as the castle suffered bomb damage.

Though only remnants of the fortress remain, the site is nevertheless enthralling. Stroll around the grounds and try to imagine how it would have looked in its heyday, when Norman knights and archers manned the lookouts. Try to spot the steps down to the old dungeons and identify the remains of the chapel, which was destroyed in the mid-16th century under orders from Henry VIII.

Spend a few moments admiring the coastal vistas. Because of its elevated position, the castle offers fantastic views of the town below, as well as the rugged coastline.

The castle can be accessed on foot, but the ascent up the hill is steep. Instead of walking, consider taking the West Hill Lift, an Edwardian funicular railway that departs from town. Purchase Hastings Castle tickets individually or as part of a package deal with Smugglers Adventure and the Blue Reef Aquarium.

Hastings Castle is open from late March until late October. It is also open during some school holidays and for pre-booked groups. Check ahead if you are visiting outside the main season.


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The Lansdowne £60
The Lansdowne

The Lansdowne

1 & 2 Robertson Terrace, Hastings, England
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Nestled on the beach, this Hastings guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Priory Meadow Shopping Centre, Hastings Pier and White Rock Theatre. Hastings Beach and Warrior Square Gardens are also within 15 minutes. Hastings Station is 9 minutes by foot and St Leonards Warrior Square Station is 19 minutes.

    Number 46 £85
    Number 46

    Number 46

    46 Cambridge Gardens, Hastings, England
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Hastings, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Priory Meadow Shopping Centre and Hastings Museum and Art Gallery. Hastings Castle and West Hill Lift are also within 15 minutes. Hastings Station is only a 4-minute walk and Hastings Ore Station is 25 minutes.

      Chatsworth Hotel £65
      Chatsworth Hotel

      Chatsworth Hotel

      7-11 Carlisle Parade, Hastings, England
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of White Rock Theatre and Hastings Pier. Hastings Beach and Priory Meadow Shopping Centre are also within 10 minutes. Hastings Station is 8 minutes by foot and St Leonards Warrior Square Station is 18 minutes.

        Ruby's Rooms £105
        Ruby's Rooms

        Ruby's Rooms

        54 Eversfield Place, St Leonards on Sea, Hastings, England
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Hastings, this guesthouse is steps away from Hastings Beach and Hastings Pier. White Rock Theatre and Warrior Square Gardens are also within 10 minutes. Hastings Station is 12 minutes by foot.

          Royal Victoria Hotel £99
          Royal Victoria Hotel

          Royal Victoria Hotel

          Marina, St Leonards-On-Sea, England
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of St Leonards-On-Sea, this beach hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St Leonards Gardens and Warrior Square Gardens. Hastings Pier and White Rock Theatre are also within 1 mile (2 km). St Leonards Warrior Square Station is 11 minutes by foot and West St Leonards Station is 15 minutes.

            Sunset
            Sunset

            Sunset

            16 Castledown Avenue, Hastings, England
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated near the beach, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Hastings Castle, Priory Meadow Shopping Centre and Smugglers Adventure. West Hill Lift and Old Town Hall Museum are also within 10 minutes. Hastings Station is 11 minutes by foot and Hastings Ore Station is 17 minutes.

              The Old Town Guest House
              The Old Town Guest House

              The Old Town Guest House

              1a George Street, Hastings, England
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Hastings, this bed & breakfast is steps away from Old Town Hall Museum, Smugglers Adventure and West Hill Lift. Fishermen's Museum and East Hill Lift are also within 5 minutes. Hastings Station is 15 minutes by foot and Hastings Ore Station is 20 minutes.

                Town House Rooms £55
                Town House Rooms

                Town House Rooms

                9-10 South Terrace, Hastings, England
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Hastings, this beach guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Priory Meadow Shopping Centre and Hastings Castle. Smugglers Adventure and West Hill Lift are also within 15 minutes. Hastings Station is 5 minutes by foot and Hastings Ore Station is 19 minutes.