Hastings, East Sussex

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Hastings has an important role in British history, first for its associations with the 1066 Battle of Hastings (which actually took place in the area of the nearby town of Battle), but also as part of the powerful medieval Confederation of Cinque Ports. At that time Hastings was an important fishing port, but the lack of a natural harbour, storms and French raids caused a decline. There is still a fishing fleet operating from Hastings, but the 1896 harbour project was never completed.

Hastings Old Town is an interesting area for tourists, with it's old buildings, the unusual Grade II listed 'Net Shops' in The Stade, the beach attractions, and until recently a Pier. The Pier was badly damaged by fire in 2010. In 2011 a Heritage Lottery Fund grant was made available raising hopes that the Pier can be re-developed.


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RX90 Valiant at Fishermens Museum

RX90 Valiant at Fishermens Museum

About East Sussex

Hastings is located in the county of East Sussex. The East Sussex coast is reknowned for offering energetic towns such as Brighton and Hastings, but also the picturesque coastal scenery of locations such as Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters Country Park.


Other places to visit in East Sussex

Bexhill - Camber - Eastbourne - Hastings - Newhaven - Rye - Seaford


Hastings blog news

Blog entries

Bexhill Sea Angling Festival
Aug 7, 2013
New website launched
Jul 8, 2013
Top 5 Coastal Breaks
December 12, 2011


Hastings attractions, places to stay, and things to do

Blue Reef Aquarium,Underwater World,Sealife centre

Discover underwater species from the local sea areas, and also tropical and othe...

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Maggies Fish and Chip Shop

Fish and Chips in the Fish Market area of Hastings.

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Winchelsea beach

Wide stretch of beach at the village of Winchelsea Beach, close to Hastings

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Fishermen Twitter - Fishermen Fishermen's Museum

We are Hastings Fishermen's Museum on Hastings Stade. Come and visit us! We are open everyday 10am till 5pm during the summer season, and 11am till 4pm. winter.

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Hastings net shopsRX90 Valiant at Fishermens MuseumWinchelsea beach viewed from the WestWinchelsea beach at low tide

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