5 reasons to visit Hastings
If you fancy a good old-fashioned British seaside break, head to this historic East Sussex town
1cHeck out tHe pier
The historic pier at Hastings,
first built in 1869, was almost destroyed by fire in 2010. But, thanks to a £14.2 million restoration, it’s now a very stylish pier for the 21st century, with minimalist design and little black, wooden kiosks that match the fishing huts further up the seafront.
Stretching out over the water, there’s a viewing platform in the centre, affording even better views over the beach and the pier itself. The glass-fronted restaurant that looks out along the coast is a perfect spot for a sundowner, and do keep an eye out for any open-air film screenings and concerts.
catcH a lift
Ascend Hastings’ East
Hill in classic style on the UK’s steepest funicular. From sea level to the top takes just a few minutes, with stunning views, and the exit provides access to Hastings Country Park and its panoramic views of the coastline. It’s open year-round and is wheelchair accessible. A return ticket for a family of five is £9.
3 explore tHe old town
Hastings Old Town has retained its relaxed charm over the years. Explore the unique jumble of shops, bars, cafes, restaurants and arcades. There’s a great selection of antique shops and boutiques, too, particularly around George Street, that will keep any shopper busy for at least half a day. It’s also home to a thriving artistic community It’s also home to a thriving artistic community – be sure to visit the Jerwood Gallery.
4 eat fisH and cHips
Who doesn’t want fish and chips by the sea? Head over to the award-winning Cod Father along East Parade for great service and a brilliant, extensive menu. For a rustic lunch, head to the Rock-ANore end of town, where fresh-off-the-boat seafood is sold from the tall, black fisherman’s huts.
5 fun witH tHe family
If you have children with you, take them on the scary Smugglers Adventure – an interactive trip through caves and tunnels. Life-sized effigies recreate the bloodthirsty days of Sussex smugglers.
Crazy golf on the seafront is great fun, too. And if you manage to get a hole-in-one on the very last hole, you’ll win yourself a free game.
Try to bag a free game of crazy golf
Take in some contemporary art