1066 Battle of Hastings Abbey & Battlefield



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Explore the site of the Battle of Hastings, where on 14th October 1066, one of the most famous events in English history took place. Free interactive wand tour of the battlefield and atmospheric abbey ruins. Access to the battle field can be weather dependant.

1066 Battle of Hastings Abbey & Battlefield


  • Parking onsite
  • Cafe
  • Facilities: Wheelchair access via gatehouse, mobility scooter loan, Braille guide, ramps, lift visitors centre, induction loop, suggested route map
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open all year Apr-Sep, daily 10-6; Oct, daily 10-5, Nov-12 Feb, Sat-Sun 10-4; 13-17 Feb, daily 10-4; 18 Feb-Mar, Wed-Sun 10-4. Closed 24-26 Dec & 1 Jan

About the area

Discover East Sussex

East Sussex, along with its western counterpart, is packed with interest. This is a land of stately homes and castles, miles of breezy chalk cliffs overlooking the English Channel, pretty rivers, picturesque villages and links to our glorious past. Mention Sussex to many people and images of the South Downs immediately spring to mind – ‘vast, smooth, shaven, serene,’ as the writer Virginia Woolf described them. She and her husband lived at Monk’s House in the village of Rodmell, near Lewes, and today, her modest home is managed by the National Trust and open to the public.

There are a great many historic landmarks within Sussex, but probably the most famous is the battlefield where William, Duke of Normandy defeated Harold and his Saxon army to become William the Conqueror of England. By visiting Battle, near Hastings, you can, with a little imagination, picture the bloody events that led to his defeat. East Sussex’s pretty towns such as Lewes, Rye and Uckfield have their charms, while the city of Brighton offers museums and fascinating landmarks, the best-known and grandest feature being the Royal Pavilion. 


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