Hastings is a large seaside town and borough in East Sussex on the south coast of England, 24 mi (39 km) east to the county town of Lewes and 53 mi (85 km) south east of London. It is best known for being the site of the Battle of Hastings in 1066, which led to the Norman conquest of England. Hastings has a long and rich history, dating back to Roman times. The town was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, and was granted its first charter by King Edward I in 1252. Hastings was a significant port in the Middle Ages, and was a member of the Cinque Ports Confederation. The original port of Hastings lies deep below today’s town centre. In 1287 the Great Storm ruined its harbour and the town moved east.
The town was a centre of the fishing industry, and was known for its herring trade. In the 19th century, Hastings became a popular seaside resort. The town’s long sandy beach and its proximity to London made it a popular destination for day trippers and holidaymakers alike. Hastings also became a centre of the arts and crafts movement, and was home to a number of notable artists and writers, including Eric Gill, Walter Sickert, and H.G. Wells.
Today Hastings Old Town is a charming mix of half-timbered houses, narrow streets and passageways, known locally as the “twittens”. Based on the Stade (an old Saxon word for “landing place”) Hastings is home to the largest beach launched fishing fleet in Europe. Two maritime museums located in the Stade area vividly recall old seafaring days and famous local sunken ships.
Hastings is now a thriving town with a population of over 90,000 people; a popular tourist destination, known for its historic centre, its beautiful beaches, and its vibrant arts and culture scene.
Hastings Old Town is a charming historic quarter with narrow winding streets and a number of independent shops, cafes, and restaurants. The Old Town is also home to a number of historic buildings, including the Norman castle and the All Saints Church.
Some popular attractions in Hastings include:
Hastings Castle is a Norman castle that was built in the 11th century. The castle offers stunning views of the town and the coastline. It is also home to a number of exhibitions and events throughout the year.
Smugglers Adventure is an interactive museum that tells the story of smuggling in Hastings. The museum features a number of exhibits and attractions, including a life-size smuggler’s cave and a smuggling ship.
Hastings Pier is a Victorian pier that was built in 1872. The pier offers stunning views of the town and the coastline. It is also home to a number of restaurants, bars, and shops.
The town is also home to a number of events and festivals throughout the year, including the Hastings Beer & Music Festival, the Hastings Pirate Festival, and the Hastings Contemporary Art Festival.
Whether you are interested in history, culture, or simply looking for a beautiful place to relax, Hastings has something to offer everyone.