Hastings

United Kingdom

Hastings featuring general coastal views and a small town or village

Hastings once had a thriving fishing industry, and although this may have declined in recent years, it still lays claim to having Europe’s largest beach launched fishing fleet. From seaside coastal hotels and B&BS, to the more rural inland retreats, East Sussex has a variety of accommodation for you to choose from.

Although Hastings was not the actual location of the Normandy battle in 1066 its legacy is still clearly evident throughout the town. Visit the remains of what was William the Conqueror’s first English Castle.

If you are interested in the history of 1066, the nearby town of Battle is well worth a visit. Take the opportunity to explore William the Conqueror’s famous abbey and stand on the very spot where King Harold is believed to have died. A day out for the whole family, with the Abbey’s gardens perfect for children to explore and play in.

A visit to Rye Harbour is sure to capture your imagination. Steeped in maritime history coupled with glimmering beaches, museums and nature reserves, there is an array of attractions to keep the whole family entertained.

The wider county of East Sussex include some of the UK’s most popular travel destinations, including Brighton and Eastbourne, all located along the coast.

Take a Quick Trip to Brighton

Brighton has many popular tourist attractions making it a real treasure trove of things to do; from the Brighton Wheel and Pier to a visit to the Brighton seaside, the city offers something for everyone. The pier itself has a collection of shops along its length. A walk to the pier’s end will reward you with fantastic views over the beach. A trip down memory lane for many who have visited when they were children.

Brighton Museum & Art Gallery is located in the heart of the city’s cultural quarter. The museum brings together a wide range of collections with exhibits depicting the story of Brighton and the wider world.

The Royal Pavilion is extraordinary; don’t miss if you are planning on visiting Brighton while in East Sussex. Something you would not expect to find in a city centre; its atmospheric and stunning interiors, coupled with beautiful gardens to enjoy a picnic in if the weather permits, are unbelievable.

Seven Sisters Country Park is a fabulous area to walk around and soak up the countryside. With an array of walking routes to choose between, including the more flat trails to the beach and more challenging across the South Downs, you’re sure to see plenty of local wildlife and wild flowers; a truly refreshing experience.

Beachy Head near Eastbourne will let you get as close to the English Channel as you can be without touching it. It’s is indeed a lovely, tranquil place to visit.

Known for

Sea, Friendly People and Natural Parks

Top hotels in Hastings

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Chatsworth Hotel
7-11 Carlisle Parade, Hastings
£65/night
24 Jul-25 Jul
3.3/5 (155 reviews)

"We loved the sea view and staff were very nice and helpful"…"

Reviewed on 2 Jul 2019

Chatsworth Hotel
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Ruby’s Rooms
4 out of 5
54 Eversfield Place, Hastings
£105/night
23 Jul-24 Jul
4.7/5Exceptional! (11 reviews)

"Good location, just far enough away from the old town to stretch the legs about 15 mins, or 5-10 mins from town centre. Very friendly and helpful staff and a superb breakfast."…"

Reviewed on 3 Jul 2019

Ruby’s Rooms
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The White Rock Hotel
3.5 out of 5
White Rock, Hastings
4.1/5Very Good! (69 reviews)

"Take your own toilet rolls. Do not laugh. You start at the bottom and work up."…"

Reviewed on 6 Jul 2019

The White Rock Hotel

Popular things to do in Hastings

Hastings Castle
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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.

Alexandra Park
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Alexandra Park

A recipient of the prestigious Green Flag Award, this park provides a great day out with a boating lake, adventure playground and a nature reserve to explore.

Smugglers Adventure
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Smugglers Adventure

Venture inside a series of caves and caverns and learn about the exploits of the smugglers who once operated on the Sussex coast.

East Hill Lift
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East Hill Lift

Step aboard this historic funicular railway and enjoy views of the fishing fleet and rows of net shops on the seafront.   

Hastings Museum and Art Gallery
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Hastings Museum and Art Gallery

This interesting museum covers an eclectic range of topics, including Native Americans and John Logie Baird, the inventor of the television.

Hastings Country Park
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Hastings Country Park

Popular with dog walkers and exercisers, this expansive park provides a peaceful escape and coastal panoramas.