Hastings – a place where the battle didn’t happen

Hastings has always been on my English bucket list. I think it’s because of the battle I heard so much about during studies. But since I came to England, countless times I’ve heard: ‘don’t go there, it’s nothing to see there!’. I don’t know how about you, but every time I hear such words I think: I will find out by myself and hopefully prove you wrong :P! So here it is – a few pictures from Hastings.

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What did I see?

The biggest surprise was the pier. Recently refurbished, it is not cramped with the facilities but I think this was the factor that made me fall in love with it. Simplicity in a very fine and aesthetic style.

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Hastings Castle – of course! These are the ruins, but still worth seeing. I found it to be quite a magical place, with the view on the city and Hastings Country Park.

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Fishermen’s Museum along with the fishing boats are situated on the eastern side of the town. These form one of the largest UK’s beach-launched fleet and fishing community. You would think it’s not much of a view but it is built in a very stylish way.

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There are two funicular railways in Hastings, the West Hill and East Hill Lift. And a funicular railway is simply a cable car railway that moves up and down on the slope of the hill. In Poland, a very famous one is in Zakopane, taking the passengers up and down Gubałówka Hill.

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Once you get off the East Hill Lift, you start your journey into Hastings Country Park. As the day was nearly over I decided not to go too far, as knowing my experience with parks and Sussex Downs, it would most probably finish with me spending the night in the wilderness. But the view of the town from East Hill was just a perfect end to a great short trip to Hastings.

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I wonder if anyone who was unflattering towards Hastings changed their minds about the topic after seeing this post. I would :P!

A little surprise for the end: the Battle of Hastings in 1066 did not happen on Hastings! It happened in… Battle. It’s little town nearby, where the exact spot of the battle is marked by Battle Abbey. The town is situated only 16 minutes away (going by train) so once you’re in Hastings it’s worth to pop in an see it.  Something to consider for the die-hard fans of history.

How to get to Hastings:

You can get a direct train from London Victoria and this will cost you around £50.00 return. But nothing can compare to National Express coach company who offers you prices starting at as little as… £15.00! And the journey time is just only about 20 minutes longer.

To find out more about Hastings visit its official website.

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