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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 trendy new Jerwood art gallery. Travel to Hastings for history, culture and fun days out beside the seaside.
Getting here: Take Southeastern trains from Charing Cross or Victoria to Hastings in just two hours.
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.
Just west of Hastings, or the other side of the pier, is the long stretch of sandy shingle beach, which has been awarded a Blue Flag. A slightly quieter choice, but still offering many facilities. If you are lucky, you may get to see Bottlenose Dolphins off the shore, as they can be seen in March and right through until September.
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.
If you love your art then don’t miss the Jerwood, a new gallery among the fishing huts on the beach near the Old Town. The gallery shows work by new British artists as well as modern greats like Stanley Spencer, Augustus John and LS Lowry. Plus, it has a classy cafe with great views of the coast, selling fish fresh from the sea and food from local farms.
Situated on George Street in the middle of Hastings Old Town, Ye Olde Pump House offers the opportunity to take a step back in time in this quaint location. The cosy interior makes it the perfect place to stop for a warming hot chocolate or a local Shepherd Neame beer. The pub also offers a variety of hearty, traditional meals.
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.
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