Hastings (England)Hastings is a seaside town in East Sussex, in the South East of England.
Hastings is most famous for the battle that took place there in 1066 between King Harold's English and William the Conqueror's Normans. The town lent its name to the battle, although the battle took place in nearby Battle (these were imaginative times....)
The town grew from its medieval origins into a Victorian seaside resort, and the majority of the towns architecture dates from this period. Today, along with St Leonards on Sea, Hastings forms a fairly large urban area on the south coast of around 100,000 inhabitants.
Nestled between the rugged beauty of the East and West Hills, the town's main attraction is the medieval Old Town, with its narrow passageways, antique shops, boutiques, cafe's and Europe's largest beach-launched fishing fleet. The town also boasts a hill-top castle, two funicular railways, the Georgian church of St Mary in the Castle, 18th-century net shops, and access to Hastings Country Park - a Nature Reserve with woodland glens, beaches and cliff-top views.
Away from the Old Town, Hastings largely retains the character of a Victorian seaside resort, with seafront squares, grand Victorian facades, elegant parks and a pier. However, the town suffered from the post-war decline in the seaside tourist industry in England and while there has been significant investment in regenerating the area, parts of the seafront have seen better days.
Hastings is at the end of the A21, which links the town to the M25 and London. The A27 runs west along the coast to Eastbourne and Brighton, and the A259 runs east to Ashford and Folkestone.
Hastings station is at one end of the Hastings Line, which runs through Tunbridge Wells and Sevenoaks on the way to London Charing Cross. There is also a direct service via Eastbourne to London Victoria, but this takes 2 hours and 7 minutes, compared with 1 hour 30 minutes for the fastest Charing Cross services. There are also services to Ashford and Brighton.
By planeThe nearest airport is London Gatwick (LGW).
After arriving, take Southern Train at Gatwick Airport Rail Station to the direction of Ore Rail Station directly to Hastings Rail Station. It will take between 1hr 30min and 1hr 37min.
phone: +44 844 549 9088address: Castle Hill Road, West Hill, TN34 3AR
phone: +44 1424 451050address: 148 Martineau Ln, TN35 5DR660 acres of woodland glens, and cliffs falling within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The StadeThe home of Europe's largest beach-launched fishing fleet, and the historic net huts.
phone: +44 1424 422964address: St Clement’s Caves, TN34 3JJA set of caves (St Clements Caves) in the hills above the town.
phone: +44 1424 718776address: Rock-A-Nore Rd, TN34 3DWAn aquarium.
phone: +44 1424 715880address: 7 Pelham Crescent, TN34 3AFA grade II listed former Georgian church beneath the castle in the Regency Square - Pelham Crescent. The space is now used as a gallery, theatre and performance venue.
phone: +44 1424 728377address: Rock-A-Nore Rd, TN34 3DWA contemporary (but controversial) art gallery on The Stade.
- Hastings from the cliffs - a view of Hastings up on the cliffs, travelled to on the cliff railways.
Alexandra ParkA Grade II listed Victorian park including lakes and landscaped gardens, perfect place for a walk.
phone: +44 1424 437227address: Hastings Old Town Seafront, TN34 3AJPlay crazy golf on the seafront.
- Take the East and West Hill Lifts - two funiculars - up to the cliffs above the town.
- Walk around the Old Town, exploring its alleys and junk shops.
address: 16 George StBeautiful jewellery. A Victorian styled boutique which showcases the work of more than 30 top British designers, handmade in all manner of materials from gold, silver, leather, glass, acrylic and even wood. A treasure trove of jewels with many featured in the UK's top fashion magazines. A must-see shop if not only for the designs on show but for the interior which boasts bow-fronted cabinets and saucy antiquities.
- Vintage clothes. This place is a bit of a hidden treasure. Lots of vintage clothes shops and brick-a-brack – some are run by people who also have stalls in Portobello Road (London) later on in the week. One of them has the flatmate of Peaches Geldof as an assistant at the weekends! Prices range from what you'd expect – £60 for a decent 1940s dress, to little treasures – £15 for a vintage Laura Ashley maxi-dress.
Hollypark Organicsphone: +44 11424 812229address: Hollypark, North LaOrganic food shop.
phone: +44 11424 430473address: 3, Trinity StOrganic food shop.
Fish and chipsThere are hundreds of fish and chip shops, such as the Blue Dolphin.
Blue Dolphin Fish Barphone: +44 1424 547150address: 61B High St, Hastings TN34 3EJ
Some very nice traditional pubs down in the old town.
phone: +44 1424 421392address: 69 High St, TN34 3EWTry the Jenny Lind when it's got local strong cider.
phone: +44 1424 448110address: 29-31 Havelock Rd, TN34 1BEA typical Wetherspoons pub. Named eponymously after the inventor of television.
In the central townMany of the hotels are on the seafront.
phone: +44 1424 445544address: Marina, TN38 0BD3-star hotel
phone: +44 1903 236103address: 7-11 Carlisle Parade, TN34 1JG2-star hotel.
phone: +44 1424 422709address: 9 Warrior Square, Saint Leonards-on-sea, TN37 6BA3-star hotel.
The Highlands Innphone: +44 1424 319411address: 1 Boscobel Rd, TN38 0LU2-star hotel
phone: +44 1424 719813address: 2 Linton Rd, TN34 1TNThis is a 5-room Bed and Breakfast.
phone: +44 1424 422240address: 1-10 White Rock, TN34 1JU3-star hotel.
phone: +44 1424 871700address: Kent Street, Sedlescombe, TN33 0SD3-star hotel.
phone: +44 1424 870253address: The Green, Sedlescombe, TN33 0QA3-star hotel.
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 775511address: Powdermill Ln, Battle, TN33 0SP18th-century listed country house 3-star hotel in 150 acres of parkland, woods and lakes.
phone: +44 1424 775512address: 23 High St, Battle, TN33 0EA3-star hotel.
- Visit the historical area surrounding Hastings, known as 1066 Country.
- Burton St Leonards - Elegant Regency town and park designed in 1828 by James Burton.