1066 and all that in Hastings

This East Sussex coastal town is best known for the famous battle of 1066, but if you want to see where it actually took place you’ll have to visit the Nearby town of Battle.

The sea is a big theme in Hastings, which is one of the Cinque Ports. At the excellent - and free - Shipwreck Museum you can see artefacts collected from the wreckage of ships found in the English Channel.

Soak up the atmosphere of the Old Town

The meandering alleyways of the Old Town reveal a different side to Hastings, with quaint weather-boarded cottages, Georgian-style shops and friendly bars creating a unique atmosphere.

For the best views of the Old Town, hitch a lift on one of the funiculars that go up the hillsides. West Hill is topped by the ruins of the castle built by William the Conqueror after the Battle of Hastings. East Hill lies at the start of a glorious stretch of coastline that makes up Hastings Country Park.

Brave a Smugglers Adventure

Discover the area’s links to 18th-century smugglers at St Clements Caves on West Hill. The labyrinth of sandstone caverns and mysterious passageways reveals the secrets of Hastings’ smugglers, bootleggers and warring gangs as an array of characters, interactive displays, eerie lighting and sound effects bring the story vividly to life.

Looking for accommodation in Hastings? Travelodge Hastings Hotel is perfectly placed, right in the centre of the town. Further afield, Travelodge Eastbourne Willingdon Drove Hotel is in the popular seaside resort.