Travel direct to Hastings in less than two hours from London Bridge.
You’ll arrive at the station just outside the centre of Hastings, around a 15-minute walk to the cafés, restaurants and independent shops of the old town.
And under five minutes on foot in the other direction is the town’s stunning pier, where there’s a good choice of place to eat and drink and a museum where you can find out all about the history of the area.
For a longer trip, head into the great outdoors at the beautiful Combe Valley, which is around 15 minutes away by car.
Things to do in Hastings
Explore the ruins of Hastings Castle
The famous Battle of Hastings may have taken place just down the road at Battle Abbey.
But the two still offers plenty of fascinating history to discover, dating back to the time of the Normans.
The atmospheric ruins of Hastings Castle, around a 10-minute walk, from the station, are perched right above the town’s dramatic coastline, offering some great views of the surrounding area.
At the ruins themselves, find out all about how the battle of 1066 unfolded and explore the remains of the dungeons and chapel.
You can also take an interactive tour to learn all about the castle through the ages.
Once a bustling port, Hastings has a fascinating history of smuggling that is brought to life at Smugglers Adventure, around 10 minutes by taxi from the station.
Head down into the winding caverns of St Clements Caves where the town’s smuggling stories are told through more than 70 life-sized characters, lights and sound effects.
There’s also plenty of hands-on activities to for kids to get involved with, as well as some fun games.