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Hastings is on the South Coast and grew from a small settlement between the East and West Hills.

Hastings is on the South Coast and grew from a small settlement between the East and West Hills. Hastings was attacked by the French during the Hundred Years War, and in 1377, a second attack all but destroyed the town.

Population: 89.100

The Old Town's architecture ranges from Medieval to Victorian. One of the oldest buildings, the Court House is believed to have been built around 1450. There are ancient churches and the Old Town Hall, which now houses a museum.

There are lots of passages and narrow streets (called twittens) that are worth exploring that go off the Old Town High Street. There are cafes, bars and restaurants that add to the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the Old Town.

Hastings has the largest fishing fleet in Europe that is launched from a beach, which is known as the Stade. The Castle built by William the Conqueror but now in ruins is at the top of West Hill and offer wonderful views of the area and Channel. The steepest funicular railway in Britain takes passengers from the Old Town up to the Castle.

Source: http://www.hastings-sussex.co.uk/

As with the rest of the British Isles and southern England, Hastings experiences a maritime climate with cool summers and mild winters. As for the local climate, Hastings is on the eastern edge of what is, on average, the sunniest part of the United Kingdom, the stretch of coast of the Isle of Wight to the Hastings area. Hastings, tied with Eastbourne, recorded the longest duration of sunshine of any month anywhere in the UK - 384 hours - in 1911.

By Rail: Hastings is conveniently situated on the south coast with major cities such as Brighton & Hove only an hour away and Eastbourne only 20 minutes away. Trains to the centre of London take 75 minutes on comfortable, spacious and Wifi equipped (certain services only) trains. Train from Hastings go to Charing Cross, Cannon Street, Waterloo East and Victoria via Gatwick Airport.

By Road: Hastings is also served by the A21 which takes you right up to the M25 and through to London. Notable towns on this route include Tunbridge Wells (30 mins) and Sevenoaks (45 mins). The Dartford crossing is about an hour away.

By Sea: Hastings is only 30 miles away from Newhaven which has a twice daily ferry service to Dieppe, France. The port of Dover has up to 10 crossings per day and is 52 miles away and takes around 1 hour 15 mins to get to. Crossings from Dover take approximately 90 minutes and you can choose to go to Calais or Dunkirk in France.

By Air: Gatwick International airport (LGW) is Hastings closest main airport which is easy to get to by train or car and takes approximately 1 hour 20 mins to the North terminal. Gatwick is one of the busiest airports in the world and is a major hub for direct flights to European and intercontinental destinations.

Fuente: http://www.businessinhastings.co.uk/transport

  • Try the Shipwreck Museum for tales of souls lost at sea then head to the nearby Blue Reef Aquarium to get up close and personal with numerous sea creatures.
  • Visit the nearby town of Battle and see the site of the famous 1066 Battle of Hastings at Battle Abbey.
  • Take a look at the John Logie Baird Collection at the Hastings Museum and Art Gallery - Baird was living in Hastings when he invented the television.
  • Find out about the area’s links to 18th century smuggling at the Smugglers Adventure at St Clements Caves.
  • In the other direction a five minute drive or bus journey takes you to the 7 mile stretch of dunes at Camber Sands, East Sussex’s biggest sandy beach and a dream for kite surfers, kite buggiers or sand castle builders.
  • The Jerwood Gallery is home to the Jerwood Collection of 20th and 21st century art and an exhibition programme showcasing the best of modern and contemporary British art.
  • Bexhill is just a short cycle ride or bracing seafront stroll from Hastings as far as elegant Bexhill, the birthplace of British motor racing. Visit the iconic De La Warr Pavilion, now a major arts centre. Bexhill Museum offers something for everyone from local history and archaeology to fashion and Bexhill’s motor heritage.

Source: http://www.visitsoutheastengland.com/places-to-visit/hastings-p196141

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