The history-rich town of Hastings retains the character and charm of a Victorian seaside resort. Explore the lanes and passageways of the Old Town, lined with vintage shops, boutiques and welcoming cafés. Small independent art galleries line the streets to sell their art that is heavily influenced by the surrounding landscapes. When you're on the beach, don't miss the famous black fishing huts that line the seafront.


  • Synonymous with the battle of 1066 between King Harold’s English and William the Conqueror’s Normans. The battle actually took place in the surrounding countryside, where now stands the town of Battle, which is well worth a day trip.
  • Discover the history of Britain’s first Norman castle. Wander through the remaining ruins, taking in the breathtaking views whilst exploring the remains of the dungeons and the chapel.
  • A seaside resort that developed in Victorian times, the town retains its old-world charm with its seafront squares, grand Victorian facades, elegant parks and pier full of good old-fashioned amusements.
  • The medieval Old Town offers a chance to explore the narrow passageways with an enticing array of independent cafés, restaurants and shops selling art, antiques, flowers and food.
  • Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve is a large area of woodland glens, beaches and cliff-top views to explore.
  • Located in South East England, Hastings is easily accessed from London. It’s about a 2-hour train ride, with trains running from London Victoria or London Charing Cross.


Discover some of the delights of Hastings with Chloe Gunning and Southeastern Railway, as Chloe explores the town's historic sights, cool culture and delicious cuisine (video sponsored by Southeastern Railway).

Things to do in Hastings

7 reasons to visit arty seaside town Hastings

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7 reasons to visit arty seaside town Hastings