Hastings UK Local Attractions To Enjoy On Your Next Holiday to East Sussex.
The historic town of Hastings is located on the East Sussex coastline and is one of the oldest of the Cinque Ports towns on the South coast of England.
Hastings is known for its 11th Century Norman castle, the historic Old Town of Hastings, quaint historic houses and shops, a traditional beach based fishing fleet, its renovated pier, The Jerwood art gallery, the fishermen Museum, the East Hill cliff railway and the stunning Hastings country park which overlooks the town.
Slightly further afield is Battle Abbey where the battle of 1066 took place and Pevensey Castle. There are numerous walking and cycling trails, in fact you will never be short of something to do in 1066 Country.
Local East Sussex and Hastings Attractions
The East Hill Cliff Railway – Hastings
The East Hill Cliff Railway is the steepest working funicular railway in the UK, with a gradient of 78%.
Renovated in 2010, the replica Edwardian carriages rise the 81 meters up to magnificent views over the Stade, Jerwood Gallery, the largest beach fishing fleet in Europe and the picturesque Old Town of Hastings.
At the top you’ll find magnificent coastal walks over Hastings Country Park.
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Hastings Old Town
From Castles to cafes, Hastings Old Town has a variety of places to experience.
In a very short time, Hastings has become one of the hot must-see holiday destinations in the United Kingdom.
The historic town is filled with places old and new that will please tourists to the area.
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Hastings Shipwreck Museum!
Well and truly hidden under the sands between Hastings and Bexhill is the wreck of The Amsterdam. However, during extremely low tides the outline of the wreck can still be seen and guided tours take place.
The Shipwreck Museum in Hastings is the place to go to see artefacts rescued from the wreck and to find out more about the geology and history of this fascinating section of coastline.
Official Hastings shipwreck website: http://shipwreckmuseum.co.uk/
Adventure and Crazy Golf complex – Hastings
The Adventure and Crazy Golf complex on Hastings seafront is the largest in the UK and each October hosts the annual World Crazy Golf Championships.
Hastings Adventure Miniature Golf: http://www.hastingsadventuregolf.com
The Jerwood Gallery – Hastings
The Jerwood Gallery is a recent addition to Hastings. It is a major new cultural venue with regional and national importance, displaying the Jerwood Collection to the public for the first time and bringing the work of the UK’s best young artists to the Hastings community.
For more information visit www.jerwoodgallery.org
Great Dixter House and Gardens
Great Dixter House and Gardens, and Batemans, Rudyard Kipling’s former home at Burwash provided the inspiration for a scene from Herge’s Adventures of Tin Tin, ‘The Black Island’.
For more information please visit www.greatdixter.co.uk
‘Ancient’ Cinque Port town of Winchelsea
The beautiful ‘Ancient’ Cinque Port town of Winchelsea, perched high on a hill just outside Rye, has a large underground network of medieval wine cellars which are the largest in the country.
In the Middle Ages, Winchelsea was one of the principal English ports importing wine from Gascony in southwest France. Guided tours of the cellars can be arranged during the summer months.
The beautiful town of Rye is one of the renowned Cinque Ports of the South Coast, is not only the most perfectly preserved medieval town in England, but it is also one of the most haunted too.
Battle – the Guy Fawkes connection!
Battle is the heart of 1066 country and more famously known as the site of the Battle of Hastings 1066, Guy Fawkes is said to have sourced his gunpowder from the mills in Powdermill Lane, Battle, for his failed plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605.
A visit to Battle Abbey is always worthwhile where you can retrace the battle of 1066.