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The quaint seaside town of St Leonards awaits you... once owned by an ancient family of Norman origin, St Leonards was built in the late 19th century. It was built to impress, with a hotel, public garden, a practice space for archery and more! Like a family, the town has grown and flourished, but the original little town can still be found at its heart.
Getting here: Take Southeastern trains from Charing Cross or Victoria to St Leonards Warrior Square in just under two hours.
A strip of land on the southernmost tip bought by the council was the beginnings of the park. In 1920, the council bought the uppermost rose garden, and in 1930, the upper rose gardens were kindly donated by an unknown person... The refurbished Victorian garden is definitely worth going to!
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.
The Kino-Teatr is a chic cinema, gallery and restaurant which shows contemporary and classic films as well as hosting gigs, classical concerts and theater. There is a Lebanese restaurant serving refreshments and a bar in the cinema itself. Don't miss the gallery which has 20th century Russian paintings and modern British works on display.
Just a short walk from the station and on the way to the beach you will find Love Cafe, a great little place to have breakfast or lunch. With a relaxed bohemian vibe and lots of food options to choose from this is a perfect family option for when you are discovering St Leonards.
There are some great family parks in and around St Leonards that are ideal for the younger family members to blow off some steam. Don't miss the park just next to the train station or the climbing frames on the St Leonards promenade.
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