Shipwreck Museum



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Sited in Hastings Old Town, in the middle of the 'Maritime Park' shoreline, the multi-sensory Shipwreck Museum opened in 1986 and tells the story of shipwrecks from the Goodwins Sands in Kent to Normans Bay in East Sussex. It also explores the geological and environmental circumstances that have preserved these wrecks, two of which can be visited where they beached, at certain very low tides. The audio-visual presentation in the theatre is narrated by Christopher Lee and can be pre-booked for groups (please see website). There are also fossils of dinosaurs and a 4,000 year old tree on display, as well as two popular interactive touch screens, one covering the story of the Dutch merchant ship, Amsterdam. The Shipwreck Museum is an independent museum which is financially supported by a nautical themed gift shop. Uniquely it owns shipwrecks.

Shipwreck Museum
Rock-a-Nore, HASTINGS, TN34 3DW


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking nearby
  • Fully accessible
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open Apr-2 Nov, daily 10.30-5; 3 Nov-Mar weekends & half terms only 11.30-4. Groups welcome anytime by pre-booking. Please check website for up to date information

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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