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Hastings

Mix medieval history with a sleek modern gallery and a newly redone pier in Hastings.

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.

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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.

Smugglers Adventure

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.

Explore Hastings' medieval roots

Go ahead, get lost in the winding passageways of Hastings’ Old Town. You may just come across an unforgettable café or an irresistible boutique or antique shop.

You can also head up the hill to the ruins of Hastings Castle, built around 1067. It’s about a 10-minute walk from the station, and you’ll be treated to the remains of the dungeons, chapel and more.

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Stop by the Jerwood Gallery

Just behind the historic fishing beach you’ll find the black brick walls of the Jerwood Gallery. Inside you’ll find some of the very best modern and contemporary British art.

When you’re ready to refuel, the gallery’s café features fresh local produce and seafood from the town’s famous beach-launched fishing fleet.

Get more details at the Jerwood Gallery website 

A day out with kids

Hastings has completely reimagined its pier. Gone are the usual attractions. In their place, expect wide-open views and a rotating set of events, from a circus to festivals to specialty markets.

The Smugglers Adventure is just a 20-minute walk from Hastings station. Set in a series of tunnels and caverns, this attraction uses interactive displays and special effects to bring the world of smuggling to life.

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Food and drink

Hastings has a diverse dining scene. But with Europe’s largest beach-launched fishing fleet in town, why not sample some of the fresh, sustainably caught local seafood?

See some local favourites at Get Hastings 

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Getting to Hastings

Southern connects you to Hastings with direct service from London Victoria. You can also enjoy direct service on the Coastway East line from Brighton or Ashford International.

Check for upcoming events in Hastings at the 1066 Country website.

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Buying tickets

You can buy tickets online and collect them from the ticket machine before you travel. You can also buy them at the station from a ticket machine or staffed ticket office.