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Hastings Pier - back to its former glory

The magnificent Hastings Pier in East Sussex re-opened in 2016 after a multi-million-pound restoration following 2010's fire. You won't find arcades here, but rather a thoughtfully-designed, peaceful attraction. Enjoy a cup of coffee, some fish and chips and lose yourself in the sea view. Opened in 1872, Hastings Pier was a cutting edge music venue in the 1960s and 70s attracting stars such as Jimi Hendrix and The Who. Voted Pier of the Year 2017, the year when it also hosted its first wedding, you might be visiting for one of the pier's events or just to admire the spectacular structure.

Hastings, more than just a famous battle

All British children remember the date of 1066, when William the Conqueror stormed these shores and defeated the Anglo-Saxon King Harold in battle. You can visit the scene itself at Battle Abbey, around 15 minutes' drive away. Staying in the town, skateboarders will be in heaven at the huge underground The Source skateboard park on the seafront. Blue Reef Aquarium is just a mile away or head to the old town for interesting shops and cafes. For a distinctive Hastings sight, visit The Stade on the seafront where black clapboard buildings house the still-bustling fishing industry.

Down the south coast

Just down the coast from Hastings is the gloriously pretty medieval village of Rye. Next to it lies Camber Sands, with its beautiful sand dunes. Looking for a cheap hotel Near Hastings Pier? Travelodge Hastings Hotel is your best bet or try Travelodge Eastbourne Riviera Hotel for another handy seaside resort.