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Destination: Hastings and Rye Tours

Description: Historic seaside town most famous for the Norman invasion of 1066
Region: South East England
Pronounced: hay-stings rii
Time to spend here: 3 hours - 1 day
Historic townHistory loversBy the sea
Hastings, South East England
HastingsHastings and Rye

Hastings is a seaside resort and fishing port - The tall wooden huts used for drying the fishing nets still remain. The town also has two cliff railways. It’s better known for the battle of Hastings in 1066. However, the most famous battle in England’s history actually took place 7 miles further north, where the small town of Battle lies.  West of the old town is the beach, and beyond that you’ll find lots of Georgian and Victorian buildings. Hastings also boasts a lively arts scene.

The medieval and walled town and port of Rye is further east up the coast, with twisting cobbled streets and lanes and some great old buildings, many of them timber framed.  St Mary’s church has one of the oldest functioning church turret clocks in the country. You can see it up close by climbing the tower which also offers splendid views of Rye Bay. 

Local Activities
Hastings Castle
Hastings Castle, Hastings
hastings CastleThe 1066 story at Hastings Castle, lets you walk around the ruins, explore the dungeons, and enter the medieval siege tent to enjoy history about the castle.
The Fisherman's Museum
The fisherman's Museum, Hastings
hastings CastleThe Fishermen's Museum is one of the town's most popular tourist attractions. There are models, photos, paintings, nets, ropes and many other fishing artefacts.
The Rye Heritage Centre
Rye Heritage Centre
hastings CastleThe Rye Heritage Centre gives an ideal introduction to the town bringing together the story of Rye set within the famous Rye Town Model sound and light show.
Rye Castle Museum
Rye Castle Museum, Rye
hastings CastleRye Castle Museum housed partly in the Ypres tower covers local history and exhibits include fire fighting equipment, trade changes caused by the sea's retreat, maritime history and shipbuilding, antique toys and games plus many photos.
What can I see in the area?
Battle, Hastings
hastings CastleThe town of Battle lies on the site where William the conqueror defeated the Saxon King Harold in 1066. Legend has it that the altar in Battle Abbey was built on the precise spot where King Harold was killed. An audio tour and video introduction tell of the historic battle. 
1066 Country Walk
1066 Country Walk, Hastings
hastings CastleThe 1066 Country walk (one of many great walks in the area) literally lets you walk in the footsteps of William the Conqueror along the 31 mile trail from Pevensey Castle near Battle Abbey to Rye, through beautiful hills, woodland and orchards.
Bodiam Castle
Bodiam Castle, Hastings
hastings CastleBodiam castle built in 1385 is one of the most  classic castles in Britain, with virtually all of the exterior walls complete, much of the interior survives, it also comes with a moat.
Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway
Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway, Hastings
hastings CastleThe Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway near Rye, is a narrow gauge railway with miniature steam engines running 13.5 miles from Dungeness point to Hythe. Visitors can hop off at one stop and visit a small wildlife reserve and education centre.
Multi-attraction Passes Recommended for this destination:
English Heritage Pass

English Heritage pass
Hudson Heritage Explorer Pass
Hudson Heritage Explorer Pass
This is a great base for exploring:
South Coast, Dover, Brighton
Transport options in this area: Hastings is a small town but the wider area is difficult to navigate without some sort of car or vehicle.
Did you know: As King Harold and his army patiently waited on the south coast for the Norman invasion in 1066, they suddenly had to rush north to fight in York because the Vikings arrived!
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