a station-by-station guide for UK tourist attractions


National Rail | station code HGS

East Sussex Home FAQ Links

Hastings is an historic town and seaside resort with a pier and picturesque streets in the Old Town. Hastings was once a Cinque Port and fishing village. The area around the Jerwood Gallery is known as The Stade and characteristic black huts used to store fishing nets can be seen here. The beach is ½ mile from the station and mostly pebbles. There are two cliff railways: West Hill Lift from George Street to the Castle and Smugglers Adventure, and East Hill Lift from Rock-a-Nore Road to Hastings Country Park. The famous 'Battle of Hastings' in 1066 took place nearby at Battle. Hastings PlusBus tickets are valid within the Bexhill, St Leonards and Hastings urban area.

TI Tel. 01424 451111.
Hastings attractions map

Hastings Museum and Art Gallery ½ mile

Paintings, ceramics and art from the cultures of other lands. Local wildlife. Magnificent Durbar Hall constructed for the Indian and Colonial Exhibition of 1886. Programme of exhibitions. Tel. 01424 451052.
Open TWThFS 1000-1700, Sun 1200-1700. Closes 1600 Nov-Mar.

Hastings Castle ¾ mile

The ruins of Britain's first castle built by William the Conqueror in 1067 after the Battle of Hastings. 'The 1066 Story' audio-visual presentation. Panoramic views of the town. Tel. 01424 422964.
Open Easter-Sep, Daily 1000-1600.

Smugglers Adventure ¾ mile

The story of the Hastings smugglers in the labyrinth of tunnels, caverns and passageways they used. Tel. 01424 422964.
Open Easter-Sep, Daily 1000-1700.

Hastings Lifeboat Station ¾ mile

The Station includes a visitor centre with viewing balcony alongside the lifeboat at deck level. Tel. 01424 720828.
Open Mar-Dec, Daily 1000-1630

Hastings Miniature Railway ¾ mile

A narrow guage railway running 600 yards along the coast from Marine Parade to Rock-a-Nore.
Open Daily during school holidays.

Jerwood Gallery ¾ mile

The main focus is art from the First World War to the 1960s, including works by Sir Stanley Spencer, LS Lowry, Walter Sickert and Augustus John. Exhibition programme of modern and contemporary British art. Café. Tel. 01424 728377.
Open TWThFSSu & BH 1100-1700.

Fishermen's Museum 1 mile

Housed in a former church, the centrepiece is the Enterprise, one of the last Hastings luggers. Other exhibits include model ships, paintings and photographs illustrating the local fishing industry. Tel. 01424 461446. Admission free.
Open Apr-Oct, Daily 1000-1700. Nov-Mar, Daily 1100-1600.

Shipwreck Museum 1 mile

Stories and finds from local historic shipwrecks. Displays also cover diving, dating shipwreck discoveries and fossils. Guided walks to the 1749 wreck of the Amsterdam, see website. Tel. 01424 437452. Admission free.
Open Apr-Oct, Daily 1030-1700. Nov-Mar, SSu 1130-1600.

Bluereef Aquarium 1 mile

Living marine life displays including tidal rock pools. Walk through an underwater glass tunnel. Tel. 0844 549 9088.
Open Apr-Oct, Daily 1000-1700. Nov-Mar, Daily 1100-1600.

Hastings Country Park 1 mile via East Hill Lift

A Nature Reserve with grassland, heathland and ancient woodland stretching 3 miles along the sandstone cliffs to Fairlight. Good views. See the website for a map showing paths and features. Tel. 01424 451006. Admission free.
Open at all times.

Bodiam Castle NT by bus

A perfect example of a late medieval moated castle, the exterior is virtually complete. Good views from the top of the towers. Tearoom. Tel. 01580 830196.
Open Daily 1100-1700 (1600 Nov-Feb).
Bus 349 from station forecourt to opposite Bodiam Castle entrance. Daily every 2 hours, 40 minutes journey. Operated by Stagecoach. Buses also operate from Wadhurst.

Kent & East Sussex Railway by bus

A 10½ mile preserved steam railway from Tenterden to Bodiam. Tel. 01580 765155, timetable 01580 762943.
Open please see website for details including train times.
Bus to Bodiam station (K&ESR), see Bodiam Castle. Buses to Tenterden (the other end of the Railway) operate from Ashford International, Headcorn and Rye.

National Trust Holidays
National Trust Holidays
National Trust Holidays

Great Dixter by bus

Great Dixter was the family home of gardener and gardening writer Christopher Lloyd. The garden is in the arts and crafts style with topiary, long border, orchard and wildflower meadow. The House is a recreation of a medieval manor house, complete with great hall, parlour and solar. Refreshments and picnic area. Tel. 01797 252878.
Open Apr-Oct, TWThFSSu & BH 1100-1700, House 1400-1700.
Bus 2 from station forecourt to Northiam, Dixter Road (just after Post Office), 45 minutes journey, then ½ mile walk. M-S 2-hourly. Operated by Stagecoach.
Buses also operate from Rye.

Northiam map