Battle Travel Guide

  • Battle Abbey
    Battle Abbey
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    Sheffield park garden
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  • Battle Abbey ruins
    Battle Abbey ruins
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Battle Highlights

  • Pro
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    Mariajoy says…

     Pretty, quaint, historic 

  • Con
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    Airpunk says…

     With exception of the abbey/battlefield, it has not much to offer 

  • In a nutshell
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    banshee11 says…

     see history come to live in battle 

Battle Things to Do

  • Battle Abbey.

    This is part of the same site as the 1066 battlefield and the admission price of £5:30 for adults covers both. The Abbey was built after the Norman Conquest by Duc William of Normandy aka William the Conqueror, supposedly in thanks for his victory. the altar was to be placed where King Harald of the saxons had been killed. A religious site...


    When I walked through the Medieval Gates to see Battle Abbey, I didn't realize the beautiful building and garden's in front of me, were OFF LIMIT'S!You see, this is the Battle Abbey School, an independent co-educational day and boarding school, and it was the senior school located in the ruined abbey complex.The Abbot's House, is the main school...


    After we had finished with the Museum's, it was time to do the walk around the Battlefield's.An audio guide is given with your admission ticket, and without this, I think looking at the Battle field would be really boring! To me, it was the least exciting part of our visit here. The walk is easy to follow, and sights are sign-posted and detailed.I...


    This towering Medeival Gatehouse would be about the most magnificent I have seen, and I do believe it is lit at night, now that would be a picture!This is how we entered the "Abbey Battle site." It's stated the Gatehouse is one of the best! I had to agree with that and also that it looks like a miniature Castle, it is amazing!There are four round...


    Battle Abbey was founded to commemorate the Battle of Hasting's. It was dedicated in 1095. How did this come about?Long, long ago, in 1066, a Norman duke known as William the Conqueror, defeated King Harold at the Battle of Hastings. Now, this victory meant the end of the Saxon period, and the beginning of Norman rule in England.William went on to...

  • pampering yourself in the 'city of 1066'

    battle is a small, compact and lively city that can be explored in a day trip. take a nice walk along the historical trail of the city. including pay a visit to st valery sur somme church and its small nice cemetery. then small paths which will lead you to the flower shops and small church st francis. otherwise, take the trekking to pevensey and...

  • battle abbey

    half ruins of an abbey that not be used anymore in the reign of king henry viii. here still can be found the novice monks chamber, the main building that facing to the 1066 battle field, surrounded by oak trees and several private school which remains us to ... harry potter's hogwart :)

  • Day at Battle

    Getting to Battle from London is really easy. Trains run from London to Hastings, stopping in Battle, every hour or so. Its not much of a walk from the train station to the battlefield (I'm assuming thats why you would consider going to Battle). I'm a huge history nut, so I had to make my way there. The battlefield is well presented with lots of...

  • Battle Abbey

    The Battle Abbey was built by William the Conqueror after his success in the Battle of Hastings. Construction ran from 1070 and 1094.It is unique in that it is located right in the middle of the actual battlefield. In fact you can "stand on the very spot where King Harold was slain". Creepy! You can also visit the ruins of the Abbey.I am...

  • Battle Abbey Audioguide

    I really enjoyed the audioguide as I strolled around the historic field on a beautiful July day. I appreciated that you could listen to opinions of the battle from the viewpoint of a Norman, a Saxon and Harold's mistress. The audioguide painted a great picture of how the battle unfolded.As I neared the end of the tour, a group of young...

  • The abbey

    Like I already described in my tip about the battlefield, you can't spereated the abbey from the battlefield. That means that the ticket you buy gives you access to the abbey and the battlefield. The abbey was ordered to be built by William the conqueror after his victory over Harold Godwinson. It is said the the main altar was built on the same...

  • The battlefield

    Together with the abbey, the battlefield is Battle's most famous attraction. As these two places are historically linked with each other, they are also linked with each other for the visitors. That means: You can't visit one of these places only. That is a good thing as they are both surely worth a visit.At the entrance, located next to the gate...

  • Battle Abbey.

    Many people think the Battle of Hastings took place in Hastings but it actually happened here in Battle on October 14th 1066. William the Conqueror had this place built and it was founded in 1070. You can actually stand on the spot where King Harold died (supposedly) The battlefields are now part of the rolling Sussex countryside and the ruins of...

  • Saxons and Normans and 1066

    Of course most people come to Battle to visit the beautiful abbey - built by William the Conquerer (Duke of Normandy) to commemorate his victory over the Saxon King Harold in 1066. You can also walk the battle fields on pleasant days where some weekends re-enactments are staged (you know the kind of thing... bank managers dressed as Norman soldiers...

  • Battle local history museum.

    With the major attractions of the 1066 battlefield and Battle Abbey, it is easy to overlook this little gem. As the name suggests, it is a local history museum, which is staffed by volunteers and funded by donations. Given it's relatively small size there is a very interesting selection of exhibits here ranging from iron-age tools right through to...


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Battle Restaurants

  • Tall people beware!

    This might seem like an odd heading for a restaurant tip, but I'm not joking. I am 6'5" and nearly brained myself going in the front door - it's tiny. This sort of gives away the fact that the building is very old and is certainly full of character. Like so many other English pubs now, this place does food of restaurant quality.The young lady...

  • an old pub at battle

    we found this nice pub when we wander around the city of battle in the evening. the door looks very low. a friend of us, assumed it might be caused ... long time ago, whilst the pub is busy, they still have to keep an eye for the enemies who try to attack locals whilst riding a horse. with this lowermost door, the riding horses enemies will find it...

  • Ye Olde Kings Head

    Our short visit to Battle coincided (conveniently!) with lunch time, and we decided to eat at Ye Olde Kings Head. Located just off the main road, Ye Olde Kings Head is filled with character - just the sort of place you want to stop for a pint when exploring historic English towns. The interior is cosy, with plenty of tables for dining and drinking,...

  • Restaurant/Bar in Battle

    This restaurant/bar as once a hospital run by monks - now it serves huge scones and cups of (expensive) tea to visitors. Very nice and well worth a visit just to see the inside - all wooden beams, huge fireplace and inglenooks. Tea for two served by a friendly Polish waiter is £3.60.Click here for more details Pilgrims Rest I only had tea and...

  • Overpriced scones but the Pimms was...

    A Taste of Battle is a place to rest your feet and enjoy a coffee or in our case a large jug of Pimms! We sat outside and the service was excellent. Unfortunately the scones here are hugely overpriced!! They are I must say delicious and come with jam and cream. One scone between two of you is sufficient unless you are really hungry. They are made...

  • More than just tea and scones

    A nice little tea room in Battle High street where you can get anything from tea and scones to a three course Sunday lunch. It gets VERY busy in here in the summer so it might be an idea to book if you are considering the Sunday lunch. I'm not sure exactly when this building dates from - probably a few hundred years but the decor is Tudor-ish and...


Battle Transportation

  • Go by train.

    I travelled to Battle by train, my preferred mode of transport. There is a good service from London, with trains departing generally from Charing Cross, although they also stop at London Bridge. Travel time is between one hour twenty and one hour thirty from Charing Cross, slightly less from London Bridge. Trains leave London at half hourly...

  • By train from Hastings

    Battle is the perfect destination for a daytrip from Hastings, especially if you are into all the 1066 stuff. Battle is located on the Hastings-London trainline and during daytime, there's a train at least once an hour. It takes only 15 minutes from Hastings to Battle (William needed some more time back in 1066...) and a so-called "cheap return...

  • Battle Station

    There are frequent trains to London (Charing Cross) from Battle and in the opposite direction to Hastings.It's a nice little station - you can even get tea and coffee there sometimes. It's old and quaint - like Battle itself. Don't expect to be able to get a taxi late at night though - we found a poor lost student doctor waiting there at around...


Battle Shopping

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    The Henry VII puppet

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    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".

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Battle Local Customs

  • Remember Remember the 5th of November!

    .... Gunpowder, treason and plot!!!!Battle holds the oldest bonfire night in the country - A massive do with one of the most amazing display of fireworks I think I have seen. As stunning as the firework displays are, it seems like a real waste of money to celebrate something that happened over 400 years ago and holds no relevance today - but it's...

  • Battle Bonfire Night

    Battle Bonfire Boyes are the oldest bonfire society in the country with records showing that the first celebration of the execution of Guy Fawkes after his failed attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament over 400 years ago, was held in 1686.The display in Battle tonight cost over £12,000 - (a lot of money just to send up in smoke, but there we...

  • The 1066

    This warm friendly pub on Battle High Street is a great place for meeting up with friends and having a drink or a meal. They do a really good choice of food here, the menu is varied and frequently changes so pop in if you are visiting the town. They also do vegetarian options - the veggie sausage and mash dinner at £6.95 is particularly fabulous!


Battle Off The Beaten Path


    The small village of Robertsbridge is located about 10kms from Battle. The Village is believed to date back to 1176, when the only Cistercian Abbey in Sussex was built on the site of the current War Memorial. The Abbey was moved to the village of Salehurst. I found the village quite interesting. Plenty of history, like the story of Richard the...

  • Decent locals pub.

    If you don't really fancy the rather touristy haunts in the Main Street of Battle, you oculd do worse than pop in here for a drink. It seems to be rather more locally orientated than most places in the village, and was indeed recommended to me by a local.there's nothing particularly special about it, but service is friendly, and the surroundings...

  • Waiting for a train?

    Update August 2013.Readers of my pages here on Virtual Tourist will know that I like to keep my tips as up to date as possible. Recently, whilst researching other tips, I came upon this entry of mine which was originally written in September 2005. I note that I had attached a web address (not a very complimentary piece from a local newspaper)...


Battle Favorites

  • Will Shakespeare

    In The Pilgrims Bar/Restaurant I found an old squishy armchair with this quirky detail of The Bard himself, carved in oak! So much history for one tiny town (but I don't think Mr Shakespeare ever came here :))

  • Must See

    I stayed in Battle for three and a half months and they were the most amazing months of my life. It's a great little town with lots to do in or around it. It's only an hour and a half from London, and there are lots of other towns around, like Eastbourne! Battle and the towns and cities of East Sussex are a must! The pubs in Battle were awesome,...

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