Hastings is a great base to explore many of the historic attractions available in this part of East Sussex. Hastings is probably most famous for the Battle of Hastings on the 14th October 1066 between the armies of Duke William II of Normandy and King Harold II, in which the English King was killed and the first Norman ruler of England, King William I, came to power.
These days Hastings is better known as a seaside resort with a number of attractions to keep visitors entertained for a day out.
Located in the Old Town of Hastings, Smugglers Adventure is a series of caves naturally created and with a little help from Joseph Holding in the 1820s. The caves are made of sandstone and have been used extensively over the years by smugglers and pirates. It takes at least an hour to visit the complex and costs £7.40 per adult and £5.40 per child. There are family tickets available though for two adults and two children costing £23.60.
The Fisherman’s Museum
This museum is actually Hastings most popular tourist location. The museum is housed inside an old church built in 1852 and is home to a vast array models, photographs, nets and information of what it was like to be a fisherman in years gone by.
Hastings Castle is well worth a visit to enjoy nearly 1,000 years of history. Most of the castle has been demolished over the years from various battles and most recently in World War II, but there is still enough for you to enjoy. The views over Hastings Old Town and the surrounding countryside are impressive and the attraction can be easily reached from the town centre.
The Blue reef Aquarium is one of the UK’s leading aquariums and has over 30 naturally created displays to please the visitors. The aquarium is situated in the Old Town and is a ‘must see’ attraction for tourists of all ages. There is also an underwater walk-through tunnel to give close-up views of the exhibits.
The aquarium is open every day of the year except Christmas Day and costs £7.75 per adult and £5.95 for children. There is also a family ticket available for two adults and two children costing £25.80.
There are many more historic sights to see around Hastings which include:-
- Camber Castle – Rye Harbour Road, Rye.
- The town of Battle – The birthplace of English History
- Bexhill-On-Sea – a fine example of Edwardian seaside towns
- Pevensey Castle – over 2000
years of history
- Pevensey Court House Museum and Gaol – 16th century courtrooms and prison below
Hastings is a good base to visit attractions within the town itself and surrounding areas and are sure to appeal to all the family.