Aptly named, Battle was the site of the Battle of Hastings in 1066. After this pivotal historical event, William the Conqueror built the Abbey of St Martin between 1070 and 1094, which is now maintained by English Heritage. The town was slowly built around the Abbey, transforming Battle into the pretty town that remains a tourist attraction today.
For those interested in learning more about the local area, Battle Museum of Local History showcases exhibitions about the local industries, the community’s history and of course, the Battle of Hastings. The market town has plenty of attractions, including independent shops, galleries, and restaurants.
Shopping in Battle means plenty of individual stores and boutiques to explore, selling jewellery, furnishings and more. Opposite the Abbey, a country market is held in the Memorial Hall and is a great place to pick up local produce and crafts on a Friday or Saturday morning. With a history in gunpowder production, Bonfire Night is one of Battle’s main events, as the Bonfire Society here claims to be the oldest in Sussex. But it’s not just during the winter when Battle celebrates: Throughout the year, the town brings festivities for locals and visitors to enjoy, including the Battle Marbeles Matches, Battle Summer Fayre and many performances of music, drama and art.
Battle is close to Merriments Gardens and Bodiam Castle, one of the most famous and well- maintained castles in Sussex. The picturesque high street and collection of historic buildings and heritage sites continue to capture the attention of visitors from all over, and is a worthwhile stop on any Sussex trip.
In fact, it’s a great base for exploring many attractions in Sussex and if you want to extend the weekend, there are plenty of local places to stay, from guest houses to bed and breakfasts amd self catering cottages to caravans.