Hastings Old Town

Hastings Old Town can be found nestled in a valley between the beautiful East Hill with its Country Park and the West Hill with its romantic ruins of an old Norman castle. It is surrounded by steep cliffs and faces the sea from where in 1066 famously William The Conqueror and his men came sailing across the channel and set foot on British soil, changing English history and culture forever.

The white arrow shows the Cavalier House's location in Hastings Old Town

Where once pirates and smugglers roamed, Hastings Old Town is now a bustling community with an amazing array of restaurants, ancient pubs, art galleries and quirky antique shops. It is also home to Europe's largest beach-launched fishing fleet. Across the road at The Stade, fishermen today work as their ancestors did over 1000 years ago.
The landing place - historically known as 'The Stade'

The area surrounding the famous Fishermen's Museum

There is plenty to do in Hastings Old Town:

  • Up on the West Hill of the Old Town, you can visit the Smugglers Adventure deep in  the St. Clements Caves as well as the Norman ruins of Hastings Castle built by William The Conqueror. Or you can walk for miles and miles along the cliffs through the beautiful and unspoilt Country Park, a national natural reserve that starts up on the East Hill, which can be reached either by foot or via the steepest lift in Britain, the East Hill Lift with its amazing views
  • Just across the road from the Cavalier House, on The Stade, you can visit the newly built Jerwood Gallery, the Fishermen's Museum, the Shipwreck Museum and the famous Net Huts, as well as the Blue Reef Aquarium.
    Hastings Old Town also has an extensive Amusement Park with
    trampolines, go-carting and many other entertaining attractions for all tastes and the UK centre for mini-golf with its three 18-hole courses.
    And of course, right at its door step there are
    beautiful shingle beaches and the ever fascinating sea
  • Visitors from all over the world come to Hastings Old Town not only because of its great history but also to attend its many festivals and amazing events (please see 'events' for more details)

The world famous Net Huts - just opposite the Cavalier House

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