Top things to do

Area in Hastings

Stade

The seafront area known as the Stade (below East Hill) is home to distinctive black clapboard structures known as Net Shops. These were built to store fishing gear back in the 17th century, but some now house fishmo…
Cafe in Hastings

St Mary in the Castle

Amid the greasy cafes that line the seafront it's a relief to find this laid-back oasis of decent food offering nutritious titbits such as tofu on toast, halloumi kebabs and a range of tempting specials. The cafe is…
Gallery in Hastings

Jerwood Gallery

This large, purpose-built exhibition venue at the end of the Stade is used for temporary shows of contemporary British art as well as themed installations from the Jerwood collection. The building has a great cafe w…
Museum in Hastings

Hastings Museum & Art Gallery

A short walk west of the train station, this marvellous little museum is housed in a red-brick mansion. Highlights inside include the intricately Moorish Durbar Hall and a section on John Logie Baird, who invented t…
International in Hastings

Dragon Bar

The younger end of the alternative old-town crowd is attracted to this atmospheric, hip bar-restaurant hang-out. It’s full of dark walls, mismatched furniture and beaten leather sofas, and the eclectic menu features…
Cafe in Hastings

Hanushka Coffee House

Hastings’ best caffeine stop resembles a very well-stocked secondhand bookshop with every inch of wall space packed with browsable titles. The low-lit and tightly packed space in between provokes inter-table interac…
Ruins in Hastings

Hastings Castle

This fortress was built by William the Conquerer, and an exhibition in the grounds tells the story of the castle and the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
Landmark in Hastings

Hastings Pier

Hastings last hit the national news in 2010 when its Victorian pier burnt down. The ballroom at the end, where the likes of The Clash, Sex Pistols, Rolling Stones, The Who, Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd once performed…
Museum in Hastings

Fishermen’s Museum

Shoals of barnacled exhibits swim around the huge Enterprise fishing boat at this Stade museum, housed in a former fishermens’ church. Next door you can take a look into a real net shop.
Cave in Hastings

Smugglers Adventure

On West Hill, a short walk east of the Hastings Castle, is the Smugglers Adventure, where you can explore underground caverns and hear smuggling yarns from the Sussex coast.