Travel to Hastings to discover the story of 1066. Explore the old fishing town, promenade down the pier and indulge your bohemian side with a visit to the Hastings Contemporary art gallery
Trains to Hastings
Some 950 years after the Battle of Hastings, this pretty little fishing port still attracts visitors from far and wide. There’s plenty to see, from Hastings Castle to the cobbled streets of the Old Town and the Hastings Contemporary art gallery. Travel to Hastings for history, culture and fun days out beside the seaside.
Getting here: Take Southeastern trains from Charing Cross to Hastings in under 2 hours.
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Fun things to do...
Make the most of the World’s largest underground skate park, with their current offer of free equipment hire up to £10 with any session until 31 October. The park is easy to find, situated under the seafront in the heart of Hastings and open to all ages, disciplines and abilities...best get your skates on.
Hastings Contemporary, formerly the Jerwood Gallery champions modern and contemporary art in an international context through an ambitious expanded programme and explores all forms of modern and contemporary art, as well as continuing to champion the medium of painting, for which it has built a strong reputation. The gallery presents a broad range of works by historically important and internationally renowned artists, emerging practitioners, as well as exploring the rich cultural history of artists from the South East.
En route from the station to the seafront, you’ll find this area packed with vibrant businesses, offering everything from vegan to vintage to vinyl, great street food and unique entertainment. On the seafront stroll along the pier, take a tour of the True Crime Museum or wonder at the skill of the BMXers at Source Skate Park.
The much awaited and talked about re-opening of Hastings Pier has arrived, following a £14.2m refurbishment. With a new two storey visitor and heritage centre, alongside a full service restaurant and bar in the one remaining original building and a roof terrace café. Hastings Pier offers a wealth of experiences to discover including plans for; farmers’ markets, outdoor cinema, concerts and theatre, Christmas fairs, ice rink, art installations and night sky watching as well as the more traditional seaside promenading.
Hastings Beach, Hastings
The main beach backs onto both old and new high streets, which means that facilities and traditional seaside attractions are always nearby. Most of the pebbles have been smoothed by the sea and the long seafront is perfect for a weekend stroll or a family day out.
Hastings Old Town
Browse and buy along the historic streets of Hastings Old Town, featuring antique shops, vintage clothes, and art and crafts. Take a rest from retail therapy and sightseeing with a wide choice of tea rooms, pubs and places to eat. There’s plenty of choice, whether you fancy sampling the local seafood or eating Thai in a restaurant-come-bookshop.
Use one of these offers and book your tickets in advance for a cheap day out.