Destination: Hastings

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Historic seaside town most famous for the Norman invasion of 1066

Hastings

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Introducing Hastings


Hastings is a seaside resort and fishing port - The tall wooden huts used for drying the fishing nets still remain. The town also has two cliff railways. It's better known for the battle of Hastings in 1066. However, the most famous battle in England's history actually took place 7 miles further north, where the small town of Battle lies. West of the old town is the beach, and beyond that you'll find lots of Georgian and Victorian buildings. Hastings also boasts a lively arts scene. The medieval and walled town and port of Rye is further east up the coast, with twisting cobbled streets and lanes and some great old buildings, many of them timber framed. St Mary's church has one of the oldest functioning church turret clocks in the country. You can see it up close by climbing the tower which also offers splendid views of Rye Bay.

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Region: South East England

Time to spend here: 3 hours - 1 day

More Information: www.visit1066country.com

What's nearby? South Coast, Dover, Brighton

What transport do you recommend? Hastings is a small town but the wider area is difficult to navigate without some sort of car or vehicle.

Did you know? As King Harold and his army patiently waited on the south coast for the Norman invasion in 1066, they suddenly had to rush north to fight in York because the Vikings arrived!

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Hastings Castle

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Originally a prefabricated wooden castle built in September 1066, making it the first Norman motte-and-bailey castle in Britain, William the Conqueror ordered that it be rebuilt in stone after his victory at the Battle of Hastings. The 1066 story at Hastings Castle lets you walk around the ruins, explore the dungeons, and enter the medieval siege tent to enjoy history about the castle.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Smugglers Adventure

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This must-see attraction allows you to immerse yourself in the fascinating and dark world of smugglers, with tunnels, caverns, life-sized characters and special effects.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Hastings Fishermen's Museum

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The Fishermen's Museum is one of the town's most popular tourist attractions. There you will find models, photos, paintings, nets, ropes and many other fishing artefacts.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

The Rye Heritage Centre

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The Rye Heritage Centre gives an ideal introduction to the town bringing together the story of Rye set within the famous Rye Town Model sound and light show.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Rye Castle Museum

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Rye Castle Museum housed partly in the Ypres tower covers local history and exhibits include firefighting equipment, trade changes caused by the sea's retreat, maritime history and shipbuilding, antique toys and games plus many photos.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Battle of Hastings

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The town of Battle lies on the site where William the conqueror defeated the Saxon King Harold in 1066. Legend has it that the altar in Battle Abbey was built on the precise spot where King Harold was killed. An audio tour and video introduction tell of the historic battle.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

1066 Country Walk

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The 1066 Country walk (one of many great walks in the area) literally lets you walk in the footsteps of William the Conqueror along the 31-mile trail from Pevensey Castle near Battle Abbey to Rye, through beautiful hills, woodland and orchards.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

Bodiam Castle

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Built in 1385, Bodiam Castle is one of the most classic castles in Britain, with virtually all of the exterior walls complete, much of the interior survives, it also comes with a moat.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway

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The Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway near Rye, is a narrow-gauge railway with miniature steam engines running 13.5 miles from Dungeness point to Hythe. Visitors can hop off at one stop and visit a small wildlife reserve and education centre.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

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