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The Saxon Shore Way, Hastings - Photo © Janet Richardson
The Saxon Shore Way -
Photo: Janet Richardson CCL

No visit to Sussex would be complete without a visit to this East Sussex coastal town, originally the region’s main Cinque Port.

The Romans occupied the area for a time and William the Conqueror landed nearby at Selnac (or Battle), to defeat King Harold in 1066.

He built mighty Hastings Castle a year later.
In the 14th century the town was twice sacked by the French.

In the 19th century Hastings was transformed into a popular seaside resort and boasts a superb three-mile promenade that links with the sister resort of St Leonard's.

Hastings Town Centre - Photo © Ross Burgess
Hastings Town Centre - Photo: Ross Burgess CCL

The Net Houses at Hastings - Photo © Pete Chapman
The Net Houses at Hastings -
Photo: Pete Chapman CCL

The town’s splendid harbour is a haven for sailing and water-sport.

A novel attraction is a series of traditional tall wooden huts used for drying fishing nets. Unusually, local fishing boats are drawn up onto the shingle beach by winches.

The Fishermen’s Museum has a good example of an old sailing ship and smugglers’ caves can be seen near the ruined castle.