BattleEast Sussex, England, about 5 miles (8 km) inland from Hastings and is the aptly-named site of the Battle of Hastings, fought between Harold, King of England and William (the Conqueror), Duke of Normandy in 1066. The association with the famous battle, and the abbey built on its site, attract thousands of visitors each year.
The small town of Battle is literally built around the memories of the fateful battle on 14 October 1066, when Anglo-Saxon England fell to the Norman conquerors, determining the direction of the country for centuries to come.
Battle is reached by road by turning off the A21 onto the A2100 (OS Map 199; reference TQ 749157).
phone: +44 1424 773792address: High Street, TN33 0ADAt the southern end of the High Street, now maintained by English Heritage, the Abbey was established after 1070 on the site of the Battle of Hastings in 1066, the Pope having decreed that the Norman conquerors should do practical penance for the deaths inflicted in their conquest of England. William the Conqueror initiated the building, but it was only completed and consecrated in 1094 in the reign of his son William II (Rufus). The abbey is in an incomplete, partly ruined state, having been dissolved during the Reformation, then re-used as a private home. Visitors can stand on the reputed site where Harold was slain on 14 October 1066.
phone: +44 1424 772693address: Upper Lake, TN33 0AN
phone: +44 1424 775955address: The Almonry, High Street, TN33 0EA
phone: +44 1424 772088address: Lower Lake, TN33 0AT
phone: +44 1424 772755address: 84 High Street, Battle, TN33 0AQ3-star grade II listed hotel with en-suite rooms and views of Battle Abbey.
phone: +44 1424 775171address: 27 High Street, TN33 0EA17th-century coaching inn with rooms to let (B&B-style).
phone: +44 1424 775512address: 23 High Street, TN33 0EA300-year-old, 3-star hotel with extensive choice of rooms, including two with four-poster beds.
phone: +44 1424 775511address: Powdermill Ln, TN33 0SP18th-century listed country house 3-star hotel in 150 acres of parkland, woods and lakes.
The A21 trunk road passes about 2½ miles (4 km) east of Battle: