The Brilliance of Hastings Old Town
Hastings Old Town has a variety of places to experience, from Castles to cafes. In a very short time, Hastings has become one of the hot must-see holiday destinations in the United Kingdom.
The historic Hastings Old Town is filled with places old and new that will please tourists to the area.
We are lucky in that the Rocklands self catering apartments are located just a 10 minute walk from Hastings Old Town which makes it a perfect location for our guests to enjoy the best of Hastings.
The Old Town
Hastings Old Town is now filled with boutiques and speciality shops that dot the lanes of the area. Whether it is clothing or artisan food shops, visitors can find a diverse range of products in the Old Town. There is also a range of places to stay in Hastings to suit all tastes and budgets.
Tourists can also find plenty of restaurants, cafes and pubs located in the Old Town to enjoy a night out. Add in the tea rooms and antique shops on the twittens (narrow streets), and the Old Town is full of great places to browse throughout the day.
Originally built in 1066, Hastings Castle gives visitors breath-taking views that overlook the sea. The castle was the first Norman motte-and-bailey to be built in the UK. Revived during Victorian times after a turbulent past that saw it destroyed and buried, Hastings Castle is a portrait into Britain’s past.
A visit to the castle will give tourists a lesson in the Battle of Hastings as they venture around the ruins of the old fortification. Guests can experience a 20 minute audio-visual program that tells all about the history of the castle.
Hastings Fishermen’s Museum
Long known for its maritime and fishing history, Hastings Fishermen’s Museum is dedicated to all those that worked in the region’s sea going industries. Housed in an old church, the Fishermen’s Museum is open 364 days a year and tells fantastic seafaring stories from years gone by.
The museum also shows historians just how fishermen worked centuries ago to bring in their fishing hauls. Whether getting out of the sun or rain, or learning about one of the UK’s most historic industries, the Hastings Fishermen’s Museum is a must see.
The Stade is one of the most well-known areas in Hastings. The shingle beach has been used for beaching boats for over a thousand years. In modern times, it is the home to the largest fleet of beach-launched fishing boats in Europe.
Throughout the year a variety of events take place at the Stade from small concerts to markets, drawing crowds to the area. The Stade also has numerous restaurants and kiosk selling fresh fish from the boats just returning from their trips out to sea.
There is a very nice seaside cafe at the Stade, popular with families. It serves a range great beers, wines and ciders, breakfasts, meals and home made cakes.
Hastings Miniature Railway
Another fun pastime for all the family is a trip on the famous Hastings miniature railway which runs from the Stade along the beachfront.
Hastings Miniature Railway is a 10.25″ gauge miniature railway located on the seafront which opened on 5th June 1948 and still remains a popular tourist attraction to this day.
For further information and opening times please check out the Hastings Miniature Railway Facebook page.
Hastings Old Town Restaurants
Here are a few recommended restaurants located along George Street.
White’s Seafood & Steak Bar
The popular Whites Seafood and Steak Bar is a small family-run eatery located within a grade 11 listed building in the centre of George Street. Enjoy a large selection of fresh fish and seafood including dressed crab, Rye Scallops and fresh rope mussels
Two Bulls Steakhouse
For meat lovers this is the place to enjoy some of the best steaks in the area. Delicious charcoal-grilled steaks, Cajun chicken and salmon are all available.
The Restaurant Webbe’s Rock-a -Nore boasts a privileged location in front of the Stade and right by the Hastings Old Town. Webbe’s offer a wide variety of meat, fish and seafood dishes. Signature dishes include Seared Scallops with Caramelised Onions, Pork and Black Pudding Presse and Oyster Mushroom and Butternut Squash Risotto.
As you would imagine from a seaside resort with its very own beach-based fishing fleet, there are numerous fish and chip shops locate around Hastings Old Town including the famous Cod Father, the Dolphin Fish Bar and the Old Town Fryer, to name but a few.
Hastings old Town Map
Hastings Self Catering – 5 Minutes from the Old Town