Day out in Hastings
The Hastings coastline makes for a great destination on a crisp winter’s day
Here are our suggestions to help you discover more #SEhiddengems
Stroll to the seafront
A visit to Hastings can’t be without a walk along the promenade, just a short walk from the train station. Venture down Havelock Road which takes you on the most direct route to the seafront. With the pier to your right and the Old Town to your left the promenade is a perfect location to explore this brilliant town.
A wintery walk on water
Recently rebuilt from a fire in 2010 the new pier was voted Pier of the Year for 2017 and provides fabulous, uninterrupted views of the coastline. The large open area has a selection of independent traders offering hand-made souvenirs and some tasty snack options. Inside The Deck building visit the Memories Room complete with its interactive multi-touch tables to help you uncover the piers fascinating history.
Art, antiques and alternative shopping
The narrow and windy streets of the Old Town are packed with lots of independent shops as well as quaint and contemporary galleries and antique shops. Make sure to pop into A G Hendy & Co on the High Street, a shop front that looks like it’s from the 1940’s. Inside you will find a mix of hardware and homewares but the twist comes in the form of the sights and smells of the open kitchen – a perfect pit stop for a light bite or a hot drink.
Is it a train or is it a lift?
A hard to miss feature of the Hastings coastline is the United Kingdom’s steepest funicular – the East Hill Cliff Railway. Providing access to the Hastings Country Park and overlooking the old town and Rock-a-Nore there are some fantastic views to be had from atop the cliff. Head back to sea level for the Shipwreck Museum. Winner of TripAdvisor’s certificate of excellence, the museum is full of artefacts from the thousands of shipwrecks that have happened along the nearby coastline.
A traditional British favourite
A day out to the coast can’t go by without a helping of traditional fish and chips. Open for business for over three decades Maggies Fish & Chips serve locally sourced fish straight from the morning catch. With the mini railway running underneath, the restaurant is built in the traditional fishing hut style, blending in with the surrounding fishing huts and giving great views over Fishermans Beach.
Please note: All of our recommendations may have different opening times, events and admissions.
Please check their information before your visit as we wouldn’t want any disappointment on the day.