Smugglers Adventure, Hastings

3.6
#1 of 10 in Historic Sites in Hastings
Uncover the underbelly of Hastings by joining Smugglers Adventure, a guided tour that digs into the underground history of cave smuggling in the area. Visit local caves and hear stories of local smugglers, bootleggers, and gangs that used secret tunnels and taverns to hide their activity in the 18th century. Enjoy interactive exhibits, dramatic recreations, and lifesize characters that, combined, bring history to life in a fun and relatable way. Put Smugglers Adventure at the forefront of your travel plans using our St Leonards-on-Sea trip planner .
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  • Popped in while exploring the older part of Hastings . You can use the cliff lift to get there or there are steps to the top ( lots !!!! ) Entrance tunnel dimly lit , but once your eyes adjust its ok ...  more »
  • Cave to visit on the theme of smugglers. History also on the use of the caves over the years. Attractions a bit "spooky"
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  • Enjoyed by most of the family. Some interesting historical tales and artifacts. Not suitable for the disabled or the claustrophobic. And not easy to find! Signposting could be much better.  more »
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  • Very interesting experience and informative. Eldest son, 7 really enjoyed it but youngest son, 4 found it a bit scary with all the statues, actors voices and as he can't read yet he didn't get anything from the written displays. They even have a decent set of toilets partway through despite being buried underground!
  • Fantastic attraction to Hastings. Had a very enjoyable experience and was even informed of the history attached to the caves. Many walls are man made, which I didn't realize.. I find this great value for money and perfect for a cool down on a hot day.. Plenty to do here
  • Staff friendly and helpful. The history and stories around the use of the caves are fascinating. But - the whole adventure seems stuck back in the '70/'80s which is a real shame. The displays are showing their age with bits falling off. That said for a family trip with children around 7 to 12 years would be a good trip out.
  • A great attraction for the whole family! Set deep in the cliffs of Hastings, the Smugglers Adventure is a must visit. Lights are available to buy at the entrance but you didn't necessarily need them. The character that guides you, Hairy Jack, brings the caves to life as you discover the history of these once notoriously dangerous caves. There are plenty of interactive activities as well as lots of information to read as you walk through the caverns. Would definitely recommend.
  • Performed here a couple of times but such a great attraction and worth visiting. It's dark and your never too sure what's around the next corner but lots to see and worth a visit on a rainy day or hot summer day.

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