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HastingsUnited Kingdom

Two main themes dominate the lively East Sussex town of Hastings: the sea and 1066. 

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.

Top hotels in Hastings

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Chatsworth Hotel
Chatsworth Hotel
7-11 Carlisle Parade, Hastings, England
The price is £59 per night

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 ...

3.4/5 (209 reviews)

"My stay was verry nice..quiet,clean and nicely.for that money was verry good..and the view verry nice😉"…"

Reviewed on 6 Jul 2020

Chatsworth Hotel
Number 46
Number 46
3 out of 5
46 Cambridge Gardens, Hastings, England
The price is £95 per night

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 ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (128 reviews)

"Really clean rooms,easy to access station /parking .highly recommended."…"

Reviewed on 23 Nov 2019

Number 46
Coghurst
Coghurst
2.5 out of 5
Coghurst holiday park, Hastings, England
The price is £159 per night

Situated in Hastings, this holiday park is within 3 miles (5 km) of St Helen's Wood, Phoenix Arts Centre and Alexandra Park. Hastings Country Park and Smugglers ...

3.9/5Very Good! (11 reviews)
Caravan

"We had a lovely time. Our caravan was very clean and tidy. Fantastic view our onto the lake. Swimming pool was nice a little cold for me but the kids loved it. Could so with more seats. Wouldn't want to be on the outskirts of the site."…"

Reviewed on 18 Aug 2019

Coghurst

Popular places to visit in Hastings

Hastings Pier
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Hastings Pier

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Hastings with a trip to Hastings Pier. Wander the seaside and beautiful beaches in the area.

Hastings Castle
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Hastings Castle

4/5(16 reviews)

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

4/5(1 review)

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.   

Blue Reef Aquarium
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Blue Reef Aquarium

See tropical fish and sharks, encounter scaly-skinned reptiles and observe hungry rays being fed at this seaside aquarium.

Top things to do in Hastings

Electric Bike Hire with Pub Lunch
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Electric Bike Hire with Pub Lunch

£64
Per adult
1066 Battle of Hastings, Birling Gap and Seven Sisters Tour
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1066 Battle of Hastings, Birling Gap and Seven Sisters Tour

£1,453
Per adult
Electric Bike Self-Guided Tour in Kent
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Electric Bike Self-Guided Tour in Kent

£40
Per adult

Reviews of Hastings

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5/5 - Excellent

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23 Nov 2019

We will move Hastings soon.Old town and St Leonard’s is favourite places.Lots of fish shop around its amazing .

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

23 Oct 2019

Great beach and lovely old town. Teenagers enjoyed amusements.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

23 Oct 2019

I used to live in the Old Town many years ago and we often dream of moving back.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

22 Sep 2019

Fishermen’s Museum and Aquarium near the old Town both excellent

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Sep 2019

Absolutely love the old town at Hastings. A great venue with lots to do.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

18 Sep 2019

We walked to the beach lovely food and the views stunning

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