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. With our world travel planner, Battle attractions like Battle Abbey and Battlefield can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • I would recommend a visit to battle abbey, it has improved a lot since we visited a few years ago. There is a choice of walks around the grounds (30 to 40 mins) and an accessible route for buggies and...  more »
  • Came down for a family weekend & after making my son read a book about the battle of Hastings thought we'd got to the battle abbey. The abbey is nice (though a it sparse when it comes to items on disp...  more »
  • This is one of those places that I`ve wanted to see for ages , and interesting visit and theres enough to keep you busy for a few hours . Some good exhibits and a film and a good walk around the battl...  more »
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  • It's truly nice to walk around on a sunny day. Have taken my son during the summer holidays, and they had activities for them to do. He had a storytelling by a great story teller a couple of years ago and sword training (not real swords). My son has enjoyed each visit we have made, looking around and investigating all the old buildings. A great shop which has had me many of times spend loads of time and money on books and one of a kind gifts for family, plus many items for your children. Love visiting Battle Abbey.
  • Lovely time we had here visiting with the family. The free audio guides where great and added to the experience. We found plenty of places to explore once inside and whilst the place was busy it still felt like we had a lot of space to ourselves. The new stairwell coming down from the tower was nice for my wife who doesn't like coming down windy staircases but managed this one fine.
  • This is yet another site that English Heritage members may enter freely, and it's well worth the cost. Battle Abbey and the surrounding grounds are a treat for history buffs. The English Heritage staff who greet you are welcoming and helpful, describing two different routes around the area - one short and one long. We chose the longer walk which took about 45 minutes at a leisurely pace. There are lovely carved wooden figures along the route, as well as information posts with fascinating and enlightening facts about aspects of the Battle of 1066. As you work your way around the path, you eventually return to the main abbey building, with the option of stopping in some pretty gardens or grabbing something to eat and drink in the cafe. Overall, this was a great place to visit.
  • The Abbey was very interesting and picturesque. I enjoyed walking along the battlefield and connecting with the history of what had taken place there. A wonderful place to visit. The staff there were very helpful and informative. Thank you .
  • Well worth a visit as the site of a pivotal moment in English history. The free audio your was very good and helped to bring the battle to life. The children's version is especially good. Nice facilities with a warm and welcoming cafe.

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