A mix of old and new, combining a medieval fishing port and cosmopolitan town centre. It retains a strong maritime tradition, with the Shipwreck & Coastal Heritage Centre, Fishermen’s Museum and Europe’s largest beach launched fishing fleet operating from the Stade. There are various guided walks and trails around the Old Town, Burton’s St Leonards and Hastings Country Park – an unspoilt 660 acre stretch of clifftop countryside that offers panoramic views. Hastings is part of the national cycle route (route NR2) and there is a cycle hire shop in the town. Direct trains to Battle (site of the Battle of Hastings), Tunbridge Wells, Eastbourne and Brighton available.
Blue Reef Aquarium. The ultimate undersea safari in Hastings, Newquay, Portsmouth and Tynemouth.
Hastings Contemporary Gallery
The award-winning Gallery sits next to the fishing beach in Hastings’ historic Old Town. The Gallery offers a varied exhibition programme championing the best of British painting. Why not also take the Coastal Culture Trail, which links the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill and the Towner Gallery in Eastbourne www.coastalculturetrail.com
The Stade is the home of the largest beach-based fishing fleet in UK. Only a couple of hundred yards from the town centre, the Stade has historic net drying sheds - unique tall wooden buildings - and the freshest local fish for sale. There's also a miniature railway and the East Cliff funicular lift, and a museum in the old seamen's church.
Community Rail Information