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Old Town Hastings

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.

Top hotels in Old Town Hastings

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Laindons
The Laindons
23 High Street, Old Town, Hastings, England
The price is £146 per night

Situated in Hastings, this beach bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Smugglers Adventure and Hastings Castle. White Rock Theatre and Hastings Pier ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (40 reviews)

"Delightful property - very welcoming owners. Delicious breakfasts with good choices available."…"

Reviewed on 18 Mar 2020

The Laindons
The Old Town Guest House
The Old Town Guest House
4 out of 5
1a George Street, Hastings, England

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 ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (116 reviews)
Charming guest house in ideal location

"This is an excellent place to stay in Hastings. It is very handy for the historic old town and the sea front. The breakfast choice is varied and impressive ranging from the full English to porridge to locally fished kippers. The host certainly makes everyone feel welcome. The rooms are spacious and ..."…"

Reviewed on 16 Oct 2019

The Old Town Guest House
Tackleway Cottage
Tackleway Cottage
4 out of 5
3 Tackleway, Hastings, England

Situated near the beach, this apartment building is steps away from Shipwreck and Coastal Heritage Centre, Blue Reef Aquarium and East Hill Lift. Fishermen's ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Superhyggeligt byhus

"Fantastisk byhus med alle faciliteter og super beliggenhed."…"

Reviewed on 26 Jul 2019

Tackleway Cottage

Popular places to visit in Old Town Hastings

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.

Fishermen's Museum
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Fishermen's Museum

Delve into the seafaring past of Hastings at this maritime museum, which pays tribute to the local fishing industry and community.

Rocka-a-Nore Beach
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Rocka-a-Nore Beach

Why not spend a lazy afternoon at Rocka-a-Nore Beach during your trip to Old Town Hastings? While you're in the area, stroll along the seaside.

Camber Sands
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Camber Sands

4/5(82 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Camber Sands, a popular beach in Rye. Wander the gardens or discover the countryside in this relaxing area.

Top things to do in Old Town Hastings

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

£64
Per adult
Electric Bike Self-Guided Tour in Kent
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Electric Bike Self-Guided Tour in Kent

£40
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

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