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