Virtual tour panorama of the town center in Hastings taken in May 2011.
Hastings - Hastings visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Hastings' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from East Sussex.
Hastings is forever associated with the Normal Landing and the Battle of Hastings between William of Normandy and King Harold of England. This invasion landing proved pivitol in English history. Hastings lies on the coast in East Sussex between Eastbourne and Rye, and the Battle of Hastings has ensured that it's place as one of the top tourist destinations on the South Coast.
Hastings has been occupied since the Bronze and Iron Ages, becoming an important fishing village and important port in Roman times. It was then ruled by Saxon Kings until the Norman invasion in 1066. Even though the Normans first landed at Normans Bay a little to the west and the Battle of Hastings actually took place on Senlac Hill near Battle about 8 miles north, Hastings is the name everyone remembers. William built a new castle in Hastings on top of the previous Saxon one, the remains of which are now a tourist attraction.
In the Middle Ages, Hastings became one of the Cinque Ports but was badly damaged by storms in the 13th century and then repeatedly pillaged by the French in the 14th century leading to the town's decline. Hastings has no natural harbour, but in spite of this had a successful fishing fleet, which was (and still is) launched directly from the shingle beach.
Hastings - Tourist Attractions Today Hastings once again undergoes a regular, seasonal, invasion. This time as thousands of tourists come lured by the history, coastline and rejuvenated seaside resort town. The sea front is now a well developed promenade lined with hotels. To the east end, near the Old Town, are numerous rides and attractions, overlooked by the remains of Hastings Castle. Some of the top tourist attractions in Hastings include:
- Hastings Castle - remains of the Norman castle built on a commanding position over the Old Town.
- Hastings Museum and Gallery - showing some of the history, geology and biology of Hastings and the surrounding area.
Hastings Fisherman's Museum - on the shore front, containing a refurbished old fishing boat and history of this industry, surrounded by unique Net Shop buildings.
Hastings Skatepark - built as an locally funded and run initiative, this is now one of the best skateparks in the UK, and a hub of the UK BMX community
- Theme Park Rides - numerous rides, amusements, crazy golf, go-carting and more near the Old Town.
- Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve - park on East Hill, east of the Old Town containing various walks and a prehistoric hill fort, accessed by steps or a funicular.
- Hastings Old Town - full of narrow lanes, with medieval half-timbered houses, boutique shops and restaurants.
- Hastings Miniature Railway - running as a tourist attraction ride between Rock-a-Nore and Marine Parade on the shoreline.
- Hastings Promenade - running along the coast and past the old, burnt out, Hastings Pier, backed by hotels.
Saxon Shore Way - Hastings is at the western terminus of this 163 mile long coastal path that leads to Gravesend in Kent.
- St Clement's Church - 14th century church in the Old Town.
- All Saints Church - 15th century church in the Old Town.
- Blue Reef Aquarium - aquarium attraction close to the Hastings Fishing Museum.
- Smugglers' Adventure - tourist attraction set up in St Clement's Caves on Cliff Rly.
Hastings Tourist Information Centre
Hastings, East Sussex TN34 1TL
Phone: 01424 451 111
Hastings Tourist Information Centre - Queens Square
Road: Hastings is on the A259 17 miles east of Eastbourne and 51 miles west of Dover. It is 61 miles southeast of London.
Rail: Hastings Railway Station, St Leonards Warrior Square Rail Station.