Hastings Visitor information
Hastings is located on the south coast of England in the county of East Sussex. The town is around 85 kilometres south east of London, making it location for a weekend getaway.
The town is home to the largest beach-launched fishing fleet in Europe, the remains of the first castle in England to be built by William the Conqueror, a preserved Old Town and a strong local arts community. Hastings is also home to the Jerwood Gallery, a stunning new art gallery housing a collection of 20th and 21st century British art that has never before been seen by the public. It is located in the Stade area, in the middle of the fishing quarter.
Close by in Battle is the site of the Battle of Hastings. Take a tour to find out what happened on that fateful day and get a feel for what England was like in the 11th century. Learn the events which led to the battle, and what the ramifications of this famous moment in history were for the country.
There are two major roads in Hastings, the A21 which heads up towards the M25, and the A259 coastal road.
There are several rail links; two to London, one to Brighton and one to Ashford.
Historically Hastings can claim fame through its connection with the Norman conquest of England. The Battle of Hastings was fought on the 14th October 1066, and William the Conqueror landed on the coast between Hastings and Eastbourne at a site now known as Norman’s Bay. The battle ended with King Harold being shot in the eye with an arrow.
For centuries, the town was an important fishing port, and although nowadays this is less important, the town is still home to the largest beach-based fishing fleet in England.
In the 1760s, the town soon because a popular place for ‘taking the waters’, attracting many to come and bath in the see for therapeutic reasons. With the coming of the railway, the town then developed into a popular seaside resort.