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Hastings Castle, Hastings

(2.9/5 based on 300 reviews on the web)
Tour the first castle built by William the Conqueror in 1067 at Hastings Castle, which now exists as ruins due to weather and wars. In a nearby tent, view a 20-minute film called "The 1066 Story," which highlights William's conquests and the castle's history. Afterwards, walk around the surviving walls and look for the dungeons, all the while surrounded by fantastic sea views. Put Hastings Castle on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Hastings family vacation planner.
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  • I wandered around the ruins on my own, and from the outside I got the impression that I won't get any better inside. In my opinion it is not worth paying extra money to get inside this rather small ru...  more »
  • The castle is pretty much in ruin. The information boards do their best to show times past. This is an important National monument but it is not shown off to its best. The audio-visual is interesting ...  more »
  • A must in Hastings! The climb is worth (even if he is somewhat exhausting) alone to the Outlook.
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  • Iconic land mark but alot has fallen into the sea, due to natural occurrences. Unfortunately it needs some TLC or someone like English heritage to maintain it. We made special journey to bring our kids here. Disappointed with the entrance booth (shed) and lack of enthusiasm from the council workman, who seemed more interested in getting home, closed early (before 5) even though it was half term.. It's not enticing visitors, think a bit steep at £15 for a family. We did watch the film which was informative. You can go up the neglected steps to the castle if you can find them or go up the enclosed cliff railway which closed at 4.30, again very early for half term, (council timetable I think) so we couldn't make use of our ticket to come back down- you can only buy a return ticket £7. Hastings-be proud of your history and love it. So much more could be done with the castle, cliff railway and steps. I did notice some new castle signs on the way out, but if you walk up the hill from the cliff railway then you dont see these as you come into the castle from the back of it. We didn't go on the other cliff railway which we could see in the distance. Also I must say we were disappointed with the rubbish and broken glass on the beach, not a good place to eat our picnic. Overall Hastings seemed unkempt and unloved. We did go in the old town which had some nice shops and a nice play park on the sea front, but parts of the sea front seemed run down, with beer cans and broken glass not helping. Interesting to see the fishing boats on the shore. Had problem parking on sea front , so went in a multi storey behind a shopping centre.
  • Lovely to see the history here, obviously focusing on 1066. The castle is in ruins but it's well worth seeing. The hill lift that can take you up the side of the hill is a funicular railway, again well worth experiencing and something different to do while exploring the local area. Great views from the top of the hill too!
  • Little disappointed but I'm not sure what I was expecting. Nice to pop in and take in the views and history but don't plan on it being a long visit as there is not too much to see. Still, worth a visit.
  • Interesting, but could be free of charge. For family of three, I've spent ~£15
  • This castle is 1000 years old and remarks of course a great battle in history: The Battle of Hastings in 1066.