With careful consideration of the concerns and guidance regarding the coronavirus, Hastings Contemporary is temporarily closing to the public after 5pm on Wednesday 18 March 2020 in solidarity with our Coastal Cultural Trail peers at Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne and the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill.

We encourage all our visitors to read and follow the latest NHS guidance:

For more up to date information from the government, visit the website:

Getting Here

Find us at:

Hastings Contemporary
Rock-a-Nore Road
Hastings Old Town

TN34 3DW

Contact us on:

+44 (0)1424 728377

Opening Times & Prices

Opening Times:


Admission Prices:

Hastings Contemporary Members

Children (16 and under)
Up to four children free with an adult ticket

£9.00* / £8.00

Senior (60 and over)
£8.00* / £7.00

Disabled, Further Education Students, Unemployed
Proof required
Free entry to Carers supporting disabled visitors

Hastings Borough Council Residents
Please bring proof of address.

Art Fund Members
£4.50* / £4.00

Groups (of 10 or more)
£6.00 per person

First Free Tuesday
FREE to all from 4pm – 8pm

On the first Tuesday of every month the gallery is free to all between the hours of 4pm – 8pm. The cafe is also open during this time

*Price includes a voluntary donation which enables the gallery to claim Gift Aid on the whole ticket price

Entry price includes as many return visits within the same day as you like – keep hold of your ticket to come and go as you please. There are lockers situated on the ground floor to store your belongings – please speak to a member of staff for access.

Ways to travel:


Check our our page on Good Journey to plan your car-free journey:

Regular trains run from London Victoria and London Charing Cross, Brighton and Ashford International to Hastings with fast route options.

Southeastern run regular train services from the heart of London to Hastings, the journey takes less than 90 minutes.

To find out more or to book your journey visit

The gallery is a 15-20 minute walk from Hastings railway station and easily accessible from the historic Old Town of Hastings.

There are great cycle paths running along the beach front that will take you west towards St. Leonards and Bexhill. With bike storage spots dotted around the Old Town of Hastings.


The closest car parks are Rock-a-Nore Road, The Bourne and Pelham Place.

Stagecoach bus company runs regular services from nearby towns and villages. From Hastings railway station you can take the 20 or 20A bus to the Stade.

There is a taxi rank at Hastings station, the 5-minute journey to gallery costs about £5.

Family Visits

Did you know that up to 4 children can visit the gallery for free with every adult ticket purchased?

Pick up a free family trail to further explore the gallery spaces and the art works on show.

Discover through drawing and simple problem solving.

Discover the wonders of the treasure basket in our break out area.

With plenty of seating dotted around the gallery, you can take your visit at a slower pace.

Our café, Boatyard, offers a healthy menu for children, high chairs and café staff are happy to heat up bottles.

There are baby changing facilities are located on the first floor.

Speak to a member of staff about lockers and buggy storage.

We are a Breastfeeding Friendly venue.

©Pete Jones


What to expect from your visit:

Hastings Contemporary strives to champion equality for D/deaf, disabled and neurodiverse people, ensuring that they have equal access to our work, services, and physical spaces.

Hastings Contemporary believes that people are disabled by barriers, both physical and attitudinal, which exist in buildings, organisations and individuals. We will aim to remove all the barriers we identify where possible, and hope that our visitors aid us in this.

Where a barrier cannot be completely avoided, for example for reasons of health and safety, we will endeavour to provide alternative access to exhibitions, services and information.

  • The gallery has a lift to the upper floor galleries and café and a disabled toilet on the ground floor
  • Two wheelchairs are available for visitors. Please let us know before you visit if you would like to use one
  • There are lightweight portable stools to take on your gallery journey
  • Large print label text is available, please ask at the front desk
  • Hastings Contemporary is recognised as a Dementia Friendly Venue

If you would like to speak to a member of staff about your visit, please call +44(0)1424 728377 or email

Image © Lens & Pixel

Group Visits

Bringing a group to the gallery?

We offer a concessionary rate for groups of 10 or more people at £6 per person. Your ticket for the gallery is valid all day, so you are free to explore the gallery at your leisure.

Group tours, lead by one of Hastings Contemporary’s volunteers, are available at £30 and run for half an hour (max. 15 people). Please let us know in advance if you are planning to visit.

To book a group visit, please contact Rowan via email: or by phone on +44 (0)1424 834335

©Lens & Pixel



Farmyard in St Leonards, the sibling venue to Boatyard, are open as usual, and are available via ‘contact-free delivery’ on Deliveroo. Farmyard are also operating as a point of contact for those who need help and for others fit and well tnough to offer assistance.

Boatyard at Hastings Contemporary is a modern restaurant and café-bar with a focus on sustainable food and drink.

Set on the gallery’s first floor café space – with iconic views over the seafront and historic fishing beach in the heart of Hastings Old Town – Boatyard serves a menu built around local produce and sustainable ingredients, with fish landed by boats you can see out of the window.

Boatyard will be run by Farmyard founders, Kate and Ben O’ Norum – whose backgrounds include street food, natural wines, journalism, and environmental development – alongside current head chef, Nick Leonard.

Boatyard is open from 11am-5pm, Tuesdays to Sundays, as part of general admission to the gallery. Hastings Contemporary members can bring up to 3 free guests to Boatyard any visit.

The lunch menu can be viewed here.

For more information on Boatyard visit, follow on Facebook and Instagram @BoatyardHastings or email

Images: ©Lens & Pixel.

Private Hire

Hastings Contemporary gallery spaces, café and balcony and studio, are available to hire for private and corporate events and photo shoots.

If you are planning a special birthday, anniversary, remembrance event or wedding reception and are tempted by world class artworks and architecture, the best views in town, and superb sustainable catering from Boatyard – we would be delighted to host.

The Studio is available for corporate hire, for a uniquely cultural team building experience, and for community workshops and events.

For more information or a customised quote, please email or call +44 (0)1424 728377. Gallery Members enjoy a 10% discount on hire plus special catering offers.

*With the exception of the Studio and Meeting Room, the gallery spaces are only available for hire outside of gallery opening hours (11am to 5pm Tuesday – Sunday). Catered events in the galleries may be subject to archival restrictions.

Image R: ©Farmyard. Image L: ©Farmyard


From art materials to unique gifts and hand crafted items for all ages – you don’t have to be visiting the gallery to browse our shop.

The gallery thrives on established links with designers and makers in Hastings and the surrounding area. We select merchandise based on ethical and sustainable criteria as well as aesthetic appeal, and are dedicated to eliminating single use plastic.

We are Hastings’ only specialist art bookshop, stocking a large selection of books for all tastes and ages, relating to the history of Modern British and contemporary art, art theory, and guides for personal artistic practice.

Our children’s gifts include gorgeous art and story books, colouring in and activity packs, and seaside themed games.

Browse our compact selection of acclaimed Cass Art materials which, complemented by recycled Hastings Contemporary sketch and notebooks, will help both budding and proficient artists realise their creative talents.

All shop profits help to support our exhibitions, Learning & Participation programmes.

View our returns policy here.

© Pete Jones


1066 Country – original by nature

We are proud to be a part of 1066 Country – there is much to discover.

You can visit a cosy country pub with an open fire in winter. Sample local beer and wine. Enjoy a plate of scallops from Rye Bay or some salty Romney Marsh lamb.

Seek out quirky and off-beat shops in the winding cobbled streets, find unique gifts and souvenirs to remember your trip by.

There are many beaches to discover and plenty of places to pause for a cup of tea or fish and chips.

You can take a vineyard tour, taste some sparkling wine and check out the local produce in the craft breweries and farm shops.

Set at the foot of the Country Park, Hastings has a diverse offering for traditional fishing fleet, seaside resort, winding Old Town and a creative outpost. An alternative art and music scene with a full calendar of events and festivals throughout the year that draws attention from far corners of the country.

We are proudly Hastings.

©Bob Mazzer


We rely on ticket sales to keep going, so please consider a donation to help us continue to inspire our local and creative communities.

All donations gratefully received. Thank you.

Click here to donate via our JustGiving page

Hastings Contemporary membership starts at £27

Join us today for unlimited access to the best in modern and contemporary art, exclusive offers and events, discounts, priority booking, and more … from as little cost as one cup of coffee a month.

Become part of one of the fastest growing arts communities in the South East.

Join us today

Stay up to date, subscribe to our newsletter

Our newsletters will inform you of exhibition updates, behind the scenes information, events, workshops and offers. You can unsubscribe at any point via the link at the bottom of each newsletter.