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4 things to know before you visit Hastings Castle

Whether you’re visiting Hastings with family or you’re a local who wants to know more about the history on your doorstep, we’ve got you covered. The Battle of Hastings was a pivotal moment in British history and there’s so much to discover about it at Hastings Castle.

Erected on the Sussex coastline by William the Conqueror shortly before that legendary battle, parts of Hastings Castle remain today thanks to the expert craftsmanship that went into its construction. 

If you’re fascinated by the local history or want the chance to see the stunning coastal views, it’s a no-brainer to visit this wonderful attraction. Hastings Castle tickets can be bought upon arrival and admission prices are reasonable – so here’s everything you need to know before your visit. 

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Why was Hastings Castle built?

Upon the arrival of William of Normandy (AKA William the Conqueror) in England, he immediately ordered the building of Hastings Castle. The castle offered accommodation and a place to prepare for battle. Not long after Hastings Castle was constructed, William soundly defeated King Harold in the field in a showdown now known as the Battle of Hastings.

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Where is Hastings Castle?

You’ll find Hastings Castle on high ground along the stunning Sussex coastline. Once you reach the top, you’ll be met with unrivalled views of Hastings Old Town and the seafront. If you visit Hastings Castle, why not take a picnic and make a day of it? It’s guaranteed to be a great adventure for all the family.

What’s on at Hastings Castle?

As well as a rich history, Hastings Castle provides extra entertainment for all the family. Venture into the Hastings Castle theatre to learn about the battle and the building’s history from 1066 to the present day. It’s an informative and entertaining attraction that communicates a lot in just 20 minutes long, leaving you more time to explore.

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When can I visit Hastings Castle? 

Hastings Castle has been closed during the winter months but is planning to reopen in February 2022. Check their website, or call 01424 422964, for the most recent information on opening times and more. 

If you’re visiting Hastings and are on the hunt for further activities to pass the time, Southern  have you covered. Take advantage of our 2FOR1 deals on days out at top attractions across the south.

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