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About Hastings

About Hastings

Nestled between the jagged East and West Hills, Hastings has been immortalized in British history as the site of the famous Battle of Hastings that took place in 1066 between the Normans and the English. It wasn't until the Victorian era that Hastings gained traction as a popular beach break destination. The sand and shingle beach backed by a double-layered promenade is a fine place to enjoy a picnic on. The town's biggest attraction, however, is the medieval centre. Photographers and culture trippers will love the cobblestone streets, elegant Victorian facades, sea-facing squares, and fishing net shops.

Hastings is also home to Europe's biggest fishing fleet launched from the beach. Once dusk falls, stroll the pier lapped by the waves of the Atlantic, and enjoy Britain's famous fish & chips. Or savour cheap, fresh-off-the-boat prawns, mussels and lobsters at the black fisherman's huts. You could rent a bike and cycle down the pier's specially designated cycle lanes. Families with kids can take the Seashore Rickshaw Tour. If you're looking for accommodation in Hastings, Opodo's powerful and easy-to-use engine will fetch you cheap hotel offers galore. Simply filter your choices by date, the number of travellers and rooms required.

What to see in Hastings

Hastings Castle—England's first castle, was built by William the Conqueror. Today, its ruins are open to the public, and you can watch 'The 1066 Story', an audio-visual programme which commemorates the Conquest, and the town's significant history. Tales of bootleggers, smugglers and pirates come to life at Smugglers Adventure at St Clement Caves, a top family-friendly distraction. The chapel here is Hasting's most haunted spot!

The Shipwreck Museum meanwhile houses remains of ships that were wrecked off the windswept English coast. This multi-sensory museum lets you touch, hear and even smell exhibits. The market town of Battle (and not Hastings) was where the battle of 1066 was actually fought. Visit it for the 12th-century church of St Mary the Virgin, adorned with stunning stained glass windows and a Romanesque nave. For 20th and 21st century British art, Jerwood Gallery never disappoints.

Built on the site of former Victorian Turkish Baths, Source Park today is the world's largest underground skate and BMX park where riders and non-riders alike can visit. Their in-house café boasts spectacular ocean views and affordable refreshments. For sweeping views of the coast and surrounding towns, head up to the East Cliff Railway before wandering through the lush woodlands of Hastings Country Park.

Where to stay in Hastings

There are tons of hotels, hostels and sea-facing apartments on Highway A259 which runs along the pier. Stay here for proximity to prominent attractions such as Source Park, the True Crime Museum, Warrior Square Gardens, and the Hastings Museum & Art Gallery. Pelham Place is another excellent seafront location in walking distance to Coastal Amusements, Smugglers Adventure and Blue Reef Aquarium. Opodo offers a few options on Old London Road near East Hill as well.

How about a stay at the ancient town of Bexhill-on-sea noted for its Victorian and Edwardian architecture and archaeological sites? Bexhill is a short drive west of Hastings. On the outskirts of Hastings lies the Beauport Holiday Park, set in 250 acres of rolling countryside, a good base to consider if you seek peace and quietude. For easy access to Hastings Country Park, try staying at the coastal village of Fairlight. England's 'best-preserved medieval town', Rye, also has plentiful hotels and apartments. Both Fairlight and Rye are a short distance from Hastings. Book a hotel in Hastings and its environs for a glimpse into East Sussex hospitality.