Experience the charm and history of this area as you take photos of fishermen’s huts, enjoy the catch of the day and walk along the shingle beach.
As the name suggests, the Old Town of Hastings is the most historic area of the seaside town of Hastings. It dates back to before the 19th century.
For many years, the Old Town of Hastings had just two main streets: High Street and All Saints’ Street. There was also a defensive wall to protect the town from enemies and harsh sea waters.
Notice the many fishing boats and marine-related decorations around the town. Over the years, its excellent location on the coast helped it grow as a center for fishing.
Begin your explorations with a stop at the Stade, which is a Saxon term meaning “landing place.” Head down to the shingle beach to see Britain’s biggest fleet of beach-launched shipping boats. Some of the town’s most famous landmarks are the net shops. These black wooden sheds stick out along the shoreline and were built to store the fishing nets.
Meet the locals and perhaps attend a festival happening by visiting Winkle Island. This is not a real island, but rather a traffic island in the center of the town that acts as a gathering place. The name Winkle Island comes from the name for a species of small sea snails, and you can find a statue of one nearby.
For even more history, head to one of the area’s two medieval churches and visit the church of St. Mary the Virgin Lowgate to learn about the town’s Roman Catholic history. Finish with an educational visit to the Hastings Fishermen’s Museum.
There are good connections to the Old Town of Hastings running from London and Brighton. Make the most of your stay by renting a car, as you’ll be able to sightsee much more efficiently.
The Old Town of Hastings is also known for its annual events, including the Seafood and Wine Festival and Hastings Old Town Week.