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Virtual tour panorama showing the Tourist Information Centre in Hastings Old Town. This is the part of Hastings most popular with tourists and around which are most of the main tourist attractions. The surrounding area has many old, half-timber houses and a fantastic collection of unusual shops.

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Hastings Old Town Hall Museum & Tourist Information Centre - Hastings visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Hastings Old Town Hall Museum & Tourist Information Centre' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from East Sussex.

Hastings in East Sussex has been occupied since before Roman times, and at one point was an important Roman port. It obtained fame in 1066 and the Norman invasion by William of Normandy. The Normans are now thought to have first landed at Normans Bay a short distance to the west. The Battle of Hastings itself took place on Senlack Hill outside Battle, some 8 miles to the north.

Hastings Old Town

Hastings Old Town lies nestled in a valley between West Hill and Cliff Rly, on which William built a motte-and-bailey fort and then Hastings Castle, and East Hill. The Old Town suffered greatly during the 12th century when months of savage storms washed a large portion of the town into the sea and caused the collapse of part of the castle. In the 14th century, the town was ravaged and pillaged by French raiding parties.

However, many old half-beam buildings and stone churches still survive and the Old Town is a focus for much of the tourist trade today. At the mouth of the valley are modern tourist attractions, theme park like rides, crazy golf, go-carting and the beach. On the High Street is Hastings Old Town Hall within which is a historical museum and Tourist Information Centre (TIC) with all the information you need about Hastings hotels, attractions and other places of interest in the surrounding area. Another Tourist Information Centre is found in the Town Hall in Priory Meadows.

Hastings Old Town Hall Museum

The Hastings Old Town Hall Old was built in 1823, replacing an earlier 18th century building. In 1949, council services moved to the Priory Fields site and the Old Town Hall became a museum, which covers the history of Hastings from prehistoric times to the modern day. The various exhibitions start at the modern day and walk back through the clearances of the 1930s, the rise of Hastings as a Victorian seadide resort, Hastings as a Napoleonic garrison, the life of Titus Oates (a notorious fraudster), the history of the Cinque Ports as well as the fires, floods and raids of the Middle Ages. The top floor covers prehistoric Hastings.

Hastings - Tourist Attractions

Virtual tours of many of the top Hastings attractions are shown on this interactive Hastings map. Among them are:
  • 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 Museum and Gallery - showing some of the history, geology and biology of Hastings and the surrounding area.
  • Hastings Castle - remains of the Norman castle built on a commanding position over the Old Town.
  • 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
  • East Hill; 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.
  • Theme Park Rides - numerous rides, amusements, crazy golf, go-carting and more near the Old Town.
  • 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.


ADDRESS

Hastings Tourist Information Centre - Queens Square
Queens Square
Hastings
East Sussex
TN34 1TL

Hastings Tourist Information Centre
Priory Meadow
Hastings, East Sussex TN34 1TL
Phone: 01424 451 111



TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE

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.



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