Hastings is a town steeped in history. The Jerwood Gallery is located in the Old Town, next to the Stade, which is home to Europe’s largest beach-launched fishing fleet.
There are plenty of things to see and do in Hastings Old Town. There are a number of excellent boutiques and cafés and the antique shops are great places to pick up bargains. Take the funicular railway to the top of the East or West Hill and admire the beautiful sea views. You could also visit the Shipwreck Museum and the Fishermen's Museum. The gallery is also close to the ruins of the medieval Hastings Castle and the Smugglers Caves.
Half an hour walk west along the promenade from the gallery is St Leonards, home to wonderful examples of 19th century architecture and an excellent range of unique independent shops.
The town of Battle is around a 15 minute drive from Hastings. There you can explore Battle Abbey and Battlefield, the site of the 1066 Battle of Hastings, and discover more about the most famous date in English history.
Hastings has a variety of festivals throughout the year, from the Jack in the Green May Day Celebrations, to Hastings Bonfire. For more information on festivals in Hastings click here.
There are a number of excellent hotels and B&Bs in Hastings and St Leonards. Click here for further information about places to stay.