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Hastings
Travel Guide

With traditional pubs and a thriving arts scene, this town blends a cosmopolitan atmosphere with old-world seaside charm.

Once an important military and trade port, Hastings is now a pleasant seaside town with a rich seafaring heritage and bohemian outlook. Wander the narrow lanes and passages of the Old Town, build sandcastles on Hastings Beach and take a daytrip to Battle Abbey, the site of the famous Battle of Hastings.

For many people, Hastings is best known for the 11th-century battle between the Normans and French. However, the Battle of Hastings didn’t actually take place here but rather 6 miles (10 kilometers) outside town in Battle Abbey. Visit the battlefield site, learn about the conflict through displays at the Visitor Centre and wander amid the ruins of the abbey itself.

Hastings is actually three separate towns, joined by one connecting promenade. Trek the busy lanes of the lively Old Town and delve into the town’s maritime past at the Shipwreck Museum and the Fishermen’s Museum. Immerse yourself in the contemporary art scene at the Jerwood Gallery, where 20th- and 21st-century British art takes center stage. Nearby is the Stade, a seafront area where people gather to sunbathe, watch fishermen at work and eat freshly caught fish at cafés and restaurants.

Other popular attractions include Hastings Castle, built by William the Conqueror, and Smugglers Adventure, underground tunnels that tell of the lucrative smuggling trade of the 17th and 18th centuries. Descend into dark caverns and learn about the history of smuggling in Sussex through waxwork displays. Take the East Hill Lift to Hastings Country Park, a clifftop expanse of grass, heath and woods.

Move west to the Town Centre for ample shopping opportunities. The neighboring town of St Leonards, farther west, has grand regency architecture, fashionable art galleries, independent shops and friendly cafés.

Hastings, on England’s southern coast, is about a 2.5-hour drive from London. If you aren’t driving, take one of the trains running regularly from London’s Charing Cross. The nearest airport is Gatwick. The compact town center is walkable, although local bus services also operate here.

Top Hotels in Hastings

Lansdowne Hotel Ltd
Lansdowne Hotel Ltd
3 out of 5
1 & 2 Robertson Terrace, Hastings, England
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $99 per night from Apr 1 to Apr 2

Situated in Hastings, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Priory Meadow Shopping Centre and West Hill Lift. Hastings Castle and Hastings Beach are ...

3.7/5Good! (129 reviews)
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"This hotel is very clean and Management and Staff go out of their way to be helpful"…"

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2020

Lansdowne Hotel Ltd
Heated indoor pool & spa, countryside holiday cottage near the beach & park
Heated indoor pool & spa, countryside holiday cottage near the beach & park
Hastings, ENG
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This family-friendly Hastings cottage is located by the ocean, within 1 mi (2 km) of Hastings Country Park and High Weald. East Hill Lift and West Hill Lift ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (24 reviews)
Absolutely amazing

"We had the most amazing time staying at badgers den Chris and Rick are so lovely they really do go above and beyond to make everyone’s stays special the spar is amazing and badgers den cottage is so clean warm and cosy Chris and Rick think of everything so there’s lots of lovely little surprises ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 6, 2021

Heated indoor pool & spa, countryside holiday cottage near the beach & park
Ruby's Rooms
Ruby's Rooms
4 out of 5
54 Eversfield Place, St Leonards on Sea, Hastings, England
The price is $122 per night from Apr 2 to Apr 3

Situated in Hastings, this guesthouse is within a 5-minute walk of Hastings Pier and White Rock Theatre. Warrior Square Gardens and Priory Meadow Shopping Centre ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (42 reviews)

"Beautifully decorated boutique hotel, we had a great stay!"…"

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2020

Ruby's Rooms
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Vacation Rentals in Hastings

Heated indoor pool & spa, countryside holiday cottage near the beach & park
Heated indoor pool & spa, countryside holiday cottage near the beach & park
Hastings, ENG

This family-friendly Hastings cottage is located by the ocean, within 1 mi (2 km) of Hastings Country Park and High Weald. East Hill Lift and West Hill Lift ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (24 reviews)
Absolutely amazing

"We had the most amazing time staying at badgers den Chris and Rick are so lovely they really do go above and beyond to make everyone’s stays special the spar is amazing and badgers den cottage is so clean warm and cosy Chris and Rick think of everything so there’s lots of lovely little surprises ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 6, 2021

Heated indoor pool & spa, countryside holiday cottage near the beach & park
Heated Indoor Pool & Spa, Countryside Holiday Cottage Near the Beach & Park
Heated Indoor Pool & Spa, Countryside Holiday Cottage Near the Beach & Park
Hastings, ENG

This family-friendly Hastings cottage is located by the ocean, within 1 mi (2 km) of Hastings Country Park and High Weald. East Hill Lift and West Hill Lift ...

5/5Exceptional! (33 reviews)
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"Superb cottage, beautifully furnished ,decorated and spotless clean +great location We had a wonderful stay in this 5☆ accommodation We recommend to all !!!"…"

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2020

Heated Indoor Pool & Spa, Countryside Holiday Cottage Near the Beach & Park
Hollyoak Sanctuary
Hollyoak Sanctuary
Hastings, ENG

Situated in Hastings, this chalet is within 3 mi (5 km) of Hastings Country Park, Pett Level Road Beach, and High Weald. Fishermen's Museum and East Hill Lift ...

4.3/5Excellent! (21 reviews)
Hastings haven

"Lovely owner was very helpful and kind. Everything works in the house perfectly. Lovely place to spend a sunny afternoon"…"

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2020

Hollyoak Sanctuary
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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