"A fine seaside town." Top 5 Page for this destination Hastings by planxty

Hastings Travel Guide: 60 reviews and 109 photos

It didn't happen here!

OK, let's get one thing cleared up straight away. If you mention Hastings to anyone, they will probably mention the famous Battle of Hastings in 1066 when William of Normandy invaded, defeated King Harold and eventually conquered England. The battle actually didn't happen here, but at the village of Senlac some miles inland, which was subsequently renamed Battle. Have a look at my Battle pages for more information.

Notwithstanding that the battle didn't take place here, there is still a noticable Norman influence. The Old Town is dominated by the Norman Castle, which can lay claim to being the first Norman stronghold in England.

As suggested in the previous paragraph, the town is split in two, the Old Town and the New Town. The old Town is probably of more interest to the visitor. It is a very picturesque fishing village set at the foot of some steep cliffs, and there are a number of tourist attractions there. The New Town boasts a lively shopping district and a promenade complete with that essential of the English seaside town - a pier.

Hastings, undoubtedly, has had it's heyday some years ago, when it was a popular tourist destination but, like many other English resorts, it has lost out to cheap overseas holidays. I still rather like the place though, and it makes a pleasant day trip from London.

Apologies for the photos, but I took them on a particularly overcast November day!

  • Last visit to Hastings: Nov 2005
  • Intro Updated Oct 25, 2007
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  • Dabs's Profile Photo
    Aug 23, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Another possibility...

    • planxty's Profile Photo
      Aug 23, 2013 at 12:14 PM

      The Castle, honestly, is not that impressive but worth seeing and Hastings is a very pleasant place with (I believe) the last shore-launched fishing fleet in Southern England. Worth adding if you are going to Battle for the 1066 site.

  • ettiewyn's Profile Photo
    Feb 21, 2011 at 4:06 AM

    This looks like a wonderful town! I love maritime museums, and those huts look so interesting. I would love to go there! Thank you for the great tips!

  • Nov 27, 2005 at 2:43 PM

    Oh so you did start a Hastings page Fergy! Well done... at least you had a bit of sunshine and blue sky for some of your visit here! :))

  • vichatherly's Profile Photo
    Nov 10, 2005 at 5:40 AM

    There's nothing like visiting a seaside town in November! Excellent start


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