Hop on the train to Hastings and explore this old fishing town set in 1066 Country.
Trains to Hastings
Nestled between hills leading to the sea with a rich history, Hastings is full of character and offers plenty to see and do. Explore the narrow streets, alleyways and cobbled paths of the charming Old Town, discover the ruins of Hastings Castle, catch some seaside entertainment on Hastings Pier or visit the latest exhibition at Hastings Contemporary.
Getting here: Take Southeastern trains from Charing Cross to Hastings in under 2 hours.
For more Hastings inspiration and to help plan your trip visit 1066 Country. Once you arrive at Hastings station, follow the pathway left on exiting the station and pop by the conveniently located Hastings Visitor Information Centre.
Fun things to do...
Grab an ice cream and take a stroll along Hastings Pier which was rebuilt in 2016 and has since won an architecture award. The Pier boasts a visitor and heritage centre, a full-service restaurant and bar, plus a roof terrace café. Image credit: Sam Moore, Visual Air
Hastings Contemporary champions modern and contemporary art. A programme of temporary exhibitions showcases important Modern British artists, internationally celebrated artists, and emerging practitioners. Since the award-winning building opened nine years ago, the gallery has developed a reputation for its focus on painting. Hastings Contemporary is in the picturesque Old Town of Hastings, where it sits among the famous net huts of the fishing beach and overlooking the largest beach-launched fishing fleet in Europe.
British Tea Museum
Time for tea? The British Team Museum in the Old Town is the perfect spot to discover the customs and manners of British teatime. Treat yourself to a delicious Afternoon Tea whilst learning about the social history of tea and British etiquette, or try the 90-minute Teatime Masterclass hosted by Lady Rebecca and enjoy tea tasting, a tutorial on making the perfect cup of tea, a Victorian carriage and British dress-up box, games and more.
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.
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.
Source Park BMX
Source Park is the world’s largest underground skatepark located inside an old Victorian baths complex. Located on the seafront close to Hastings Pier, Source Park features 2 skateparks and the UK’s largest BMX shop. The Courtyard is also a great spot to grab a drink, a bite to eat or a haircut!
Use one of these offers and book your tickets in advance for a cheap day out.