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Battle Abbey and Battlefield, Battle

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Housing both an abbey and the battleground of the most famous battle in English history, Battle Abbey and Battlefield memorializes the fallen at the 1066 Battle of Hastings. Began under the orders of William the Conqueror after he wrested England from the Anglo-Saxons, the abbey hosts movies and CGI displays to explain this turning point in British history. In the Abbey, feel the pulse of history by standing where the last Anglo-Saxon ruler, King Harold, was slain. Outside, walk around the grounds of the actual site of the battle and use the audio guide to learn how it all unfolded. The official website has an activity pack to download filled with games and activities to engage the entire family. Before you head to Battle, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Battle holiday planner, to make sure you see all that Battle has to offer, including Battle Abbey and Battlefield.
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  • As we were on holiday near Hastings we thought it would be a shame not to visit here. The price was ok and what you would expect to pay. We paid £11.20 each and £3.50 for the car park next door. Visit...  more »
  • Like most people, we knew the 1066 date and the arrow in the eye bit, but we learnt so much more on our visit here. Everything is well signed and there are information boards all around, and plenty of...  more »
  • Interesting to walk around and a piece of history we all learnt in our school days. A must if in Battle. A lovely cafe and we had a cream tea which was scrummy. After your visit the town is very close...  more »
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  • Incredible​ history, but pretty expensive entry if you only want to visit the battlefield. We weren't really interested in looking round yet another Henry VIII-dissolved monastery, but the battlefield is unique in English history yet you have to pay for both. That smarts a bit, especially as they allow dogs in the battlefield but not the abbey. I understand why not, but you should have the option therefore to only pay to enter the battlefield.
  • The audio tour is free so make sure you use it as it is very good especially if you are not too up on your 1066 history. Great place for children if studying the Normans. There is a playground. Lots of wooden statues in the grounds and a lovely cafe. The car park next door is currently £1 if you have been to the Abbey best place in Battle to park.
  • We had a lovely time. The price put us off at first but the quality of the facilities made it really worth it. The walk was lovely and the exhibition was concise and pedagogical. High recommend, especially on a sunny day.
  • As the site of the most famous battle on English soil we felt we had to visit when in the area. Of course the Abbey and everything was built after the battle so in some sense feel a bit duped as the battle ground as it was is just the fields and hills. Yes the Abbey ruins are interesting but similar to many others and the 30 quid entry for family of 3 was not worth it overall.
  • Very informative. Audio information was good. The bug man was excellent. The kids were entertained. Very helpful staff.

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