Hastings Travel Guide

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  • Hastings, Sussex, England.
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Hastings Highlights

  • Pro
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     seafront, fairlight walks over cliffs, bracing breeze off the sea 

  • Con
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     run down town - needs some money spent on it and the pier, sad to see it not maintained. 

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     Highly recommended by the Duke of Normandy! 

Hastings Things to Do

  • Become a deep sea diver!

    Well, not literally obviously, but if you want to experience walking underwater without the aid of diving equipment, Underwater World is the place for you. It is an aquarium with a walk through section where the fish are actually swimming above you. Apart from this, there are numerous other more conventional tanks with all manner of marine...

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  • Visit the Castle.

    As I said in my intro page, the Castle dominates the Old Town of Hastings. Upon landing in England in 1066, Duc William ordered a fortification built here. Originally of a motte and bailey construction, it was added to over the years until it was a formidable Norman castle of the type we generally understand today. There was an important pilgrims...

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  • Alexandra Park

    This is the Hide Park of this place, well, of course, not that big, but traditional English style green park.

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  • The Old Court Hall

    This is to believe the oldest building here and was used as the old court hall. Date is back to 1450.

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  • Fisherman’s museum

    This is the Fisherman’s museum located just by the beach in front of the old town. Everything you wanted to know about this subject, you can find here.

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  • Monastery

    There is also an old monastery here, not sure how old it is but it is just by the edge of the old town.

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Hastings Restaurants

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    by SurfaceTravel Written Jul 30, 2012

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    We found this place quite by accident when we had finally found a parking lot away from the madness of the main beach-front boulevard. It's called a brasserie on their sign, and that's pretty accurate. You can stop in for a pub-style drink, or a nice lunch or dinner. We had a great lunch for a reasonable price. Food and drinks are ordered together from the bar, and they bring it to your table. A one-course meal is £9 and a three-course £14. We had two starters and a main course all for £20.

    Our daughter had a pizza Margherita; my wife had deep fried white bait (small fish); and I had the Mediterrenean salad with fried chorizo, potato, and roast pepper. We all thought our choices were delicious. It was good quality food cooked well. Service is prompt and friendly.

    Best of all, however, was a musical duet of classical guitar and double-base - at 1:00 on a Sunday afternoon!

    This is a very hip yet welcoming place. I'm very glad we stumbled across it, and would recommend others to visit.

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Hastings Nightlife

  • Dragon

    Dragon is a café bar in the old city, a unique one that still has turntables on the bar desk to play music. The place atmosphere is nice and warm.

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  • FILO

    The FILO is a local pub and brewery. It is a small one that has few own beers, I wouldn’t say that they were any great beers but they were original and interesting to try.Beside the obvious and traditional Ale and Bitters it was interesting to try Mike’s Mild, an original dark style beer.

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  • One night in hastings..

    Video about Hastings..Video about Hastings & St Leonardshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFXMd4oMX1ghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMwDXviqJ5U****************************************************

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Hastings Transportation

  • Take the train.

    Hastings is connected to London by a reasonable service which takes either one hour 32 minutes or one hour 43 minutes. the rolling stock is fairly new and comfortanble. Trains depart London Charing Cross and call at London Bridge if that's more convenient for you.You can plan your journey on the website provided.

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  • from London to Hastings

    The train is the fastest way if not the cheapest to get to Hastings. The bus will take 7 hours with long stops in between and will save you 5 pounds or so. Catch the train SouthEastern from either Charing Cross, Victoria, or London Bridge station. The journey roughly takes two hours and short stops in between. You will arrive at Hastings station...

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  • Getting around in Hastings

    I recently visited Hastings 1066 Country I used to got there when I was a girl beautiful place lovely people, I find it an absolute treasure down there, it always seems to be sunny. Getting around is easy to plenty of buses with stage coach trains running all the time to and fro to london and many more destinations. I must say however, I used swift...

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Hastings Shopping

  • Fresh fish in Hastings

    This is an amazing shop with a pleasant experience in shopping for fresh fish - helpful and lovely staff, gorgeous fresh fish and a fantastic range of varieties. Thoroughly recommend it, especially if you want to travel home with a taste of the sea - RX fisheries will store your purchase in their fridge while you look around the Old Town of...

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  • Hastings Old Town

    George Street and the surrounding area is full of different kinds of shops, watering holes, eateriesetc. but be careful, some of them are a little pricey - this is where the daytrippers land when they disembark from their coaches! In this part of town, there are all sorts, including tourist 'junk'. Too much here.

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  • Supermarkets

    There are several large supermarkets, one in Town, (Morrisons) and 2 on the outskirts, with another due to open later this year. They sell almost everything, from swimwear (in season) to tents, as well as the usual supermarket food, drink etc. They also have pharmacy depts. Apart from the one in the town centre the easiest to reach by public...

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Hastings Local Customs

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    by Gili_S Written Sep 3, 2008

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    Every year there is a beer festival and with my luck, it was exactly on the weekend that I was visiting the area, so, of course I couldn’t resist and visited the festival. The rest, I don’t really remember, the photos and my head were blurred ;-)

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Hastings Warnings and Dangers

  • Students - robberies

    Young students, especially foreign ones are often targeted by young thieves, both male and female, especially in the late evenings, although it can happen at any time of day. Cash, cameras and mobile (cell) phones are the items most often taken. Despite CCTV in the town centre they are not often caught.

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  • Beware the seagulls!

    One day I was in Hastings and decided to get a portion of yummy seaside chips and eat them at the seafront. As I was walking along finding a place to sit and eat my lunch in the fresh air and sunshine a cheeky seagull swooped down and stole a chip straight out of my hand AND it took the wooden fork I was eating them with too!The seagulls are greedy...

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Hastings Tourist Traps

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    The grounds are pleasant (if you ignore the ugly green cinema house); the remains of the chapel are picturesque, and there is a great view looking down over the town of Hastings.

    There are some small "dungeon caves" which they probably merely used for storage, there are bathroom facilities, and a truly awful 20 minute film of the castle's history in a stinky cheesy small cinema. (The facts in the film are interesting, but you'd be better off just reading them from the Internet.)

    It costs £4.35 for adults and £3.60 for children, and it's open every day 10:00 - 16:00 from the beginning of April to the end of September and 10:00 - 15:00 for the month of October. It is not very well sign-posted how to walk there from the various car parks. Look at a map first. Altogether, it is about a 400m walk up from the corner of Albert Road and Denmark Place (as the main waterfront boulevard is named at that point). Go up (north) Albert Road from the waterfront and turn right onto Castle Hill Road, and then after about 200m turn right again onto the road that is also called Castle Hill Road. Keep going past Castledown Avenue until you reach a very sharp right turn, which in fact does have a small sign pointing to the "Castle".

    The ruins and grounds are very pretty and the entry fee isn't that bad. It's just a shame they have to add a layer of tackiness to the place. It would be far better to leave the "dungeons" as natural caves to explore and to have knowledgeable guides give 20 minute walking tours to small groups instead of the awful cinema.

    Fun Alternatives: If you're mainly after the view, instead of taking that last sharp right turn into the castle, continue up another 75m on Castle Hill Road. There is a grassy area and an eating area with excellent views. I see on Google Street-View that there is even pay-and-display street parking up there.

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Hastings Off The Beaten Path

  • Funicular

    There is this unique Funicular ("mountain train"), very short one by the cliff & the sea. Unfortunately it was under renovation the time I was here.

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  • Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve

    Nice to see that also in a small place in the south of England there is some nature and reservations. This interesting park is just by the edge of the old town and long into the meadow. Check the link for much more interesting information.

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Hastings Sports & Outdoors

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    by Gili_S Updated Sep 3, 2008

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    Golf is very popular and very traditional Anglo sports, isn’t it? Well, I guess there are some real golf somewhere, but meanwhile all I saw is this ;-)

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Hastings Favorites

  • New town square

    The modern city centre is not much of an interest, beside maybe this nice square where on a sunny day you can take a break, have ice-cream or something.

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  • The battle did NOT take place in...

    Depending of where you went to school, you had to learn that there was the battle of Hastings which took place on October 14th 1066. That is OK, but the problem is that the battle of Hastings did NOT take place in Hastings, but on Senlac Hill, which is some miles to the northwest of Hastings. Senlac Hill is part of a small town called Battle (no...

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  • nice town: not too small, not too big

    what i deeply loved in hastings was the old town. situated between the east and the west hill the old town seems to be a world of it's own. there's the "stade", the largest beach-launched fishing-fleet of europe. there are the very special net-shops. the romantic houses, the hills, and of course the castle with it's 1066-history.

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