Hastings

Hastings in East Sussex Town Guide

About Hastings in East Sussex

Hastings is on the South Coast and grew from a small settlement between the East and West Hills. Hastings was attacked by the French during the Hundred Years War, and in 1377, a second attack all but destroyed the town.

The Old Town’s architecture ranges from Medieval to Victorian. One of the oldest buildings, the Court House is believed to have been built around 1450. There are ancient churches and the Old Town Hall, which now houses a museum. There are lots of passages and narrow streets (called twittens) that are worth exploring that go off the Old Town High Street. There are cafes, bars and restaurants that add to the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the Old Town.

Hastings has the largest fishing fleet in Europe that is launched from a beach, which is known as the Stade. The Castle built by William the Conqueror but now in ruins is at the top of West Hill and offer wonderful views of the area and Channel. The steepest funicular railway in Britain takes passengers from the Old Town up to the Castle.

Hastings Museum and Art Gallery has amongst its highlights exhibitions dedicated to American Indians and Grey Owl, an early conservationist, who came from Hastings and John Logie Baird who pioneered television in Hastings. There is also a reproduction of an Indian Durbar Hall, which was created for an Indian and Colonial Exhibition in Kensington in 1886.

There are many other attractions in Hastings, both architectural and cultural, which include a theatre, parks and gardens. The town hosts several events throughout the year, which include the Hastings Half Marathon, the Jack in the Green Festival, Hastings Beer Festival, Coastal Currents and the Old Town Carnival.

There have been many famous and illustrious residents and visitors to the town, which include J M F Turner, Beatrix Potter and Charles Dickens. The Old Town and beach are important locations in the popular television series ‘Foyle’s War’ starring Michael Kitchen and Honeysuckle Weeks.

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Attractions and Activities

Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve

Hastings Country Park is a stunning natural reserve located near Hastings in East Sussex, England. Spread across approximately 660 acres, it encompasses a diverse range of landscapes, including cliffs, woodlands, meadows, and coastal habitats. Hastings Country Park offers visitors a … more

Hastings Pier

Hastings Pier is an iconic landmark which has a rich history and has undergone significant transformations over the years. The Pier was originally opened to the public in 1872, designed by Eugenius Birch, a renowned Victorian pier designer. The original … more

Shipwreck Museum

‎Maritime museum with 3000 years of historic treasures from local shipwrecks. Audiovisual show ‘A Shipwreck Adventure’, push button videos, talks with slides on shipwreck and coastal history topics.

Accommodation

Alexanders

Situated in Hastings town centre, less than a mile from Hastings Castle, Alexanders is a family-run hotel overlooking the Sussex Coast.

The Jenny Lind

Located in Hastings and with Hastings Beach reachable within 400 metres, The Jenny Lind provides a garden, non-smoking rooms, free WiFi throughout the…

Number 46

Number 46 is just a 2-minute walk from the beach and the centre of town and just a 5-minute stroll to the old town of Hastings.

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De La Warr Pavilion

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