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Pretty, quaint, historic
With exception of the abbey/battlefield, it has not much to offer
In a nutshell
see history come to live in battle
Many attractions have a souvenir shop and in most cases you have to walk through it on your way out. However, I was a little surprised when I visited the shop belonging to Battle abbey. For a souvenir shop in a small town, it had an usually large choice of different items. They were not only related to Battle abbey or 1066, but to british history from roman times to the present. That included fancy ideas like a hand puppet of Henry VIII or a tea towel looking like being made out of the Bayeux tapestry.
What to buy: It was also here where I bought a book which I would like to recommend to everybody who has a basic knowledge about english history: "1066 and all that" (remember the title of my page?), the humourous book with all history you can remember. It really made me laugh on my way back to Hastings - an effect enforced by being on the original site of one of the most important events in that book. That book is a modern classic and indeed a "good thing".
Updated Aug 15, 2006