Europe's largest beach-launched fishing fleet and their distinctive black huts, Britain's steepest funicular railway and the remains of William the Conqueror's first English castle mean that Hastings & St Leonards is already known throughout the world as one of the South Coast's most historic towns. Yet its status as the birthplace of television (invented by John Logie Baird in 1923), combined with a growing reputation for culture and innovation, point to a future as illustrious as its past.
Bohemian Hastings is home to the internationally renowned Coastal Currents Arts Festival, and a recently opened University Centre, the town is fast becoming a cosmopolitan hive of creative activity that promises to rival both Brighton and London for sheer audacity. The winding twittens of its Old Town and its three miles of unspoilt beaches are key locations in the smash hit ITV1 drama series 'Foyle's War'. The seafront is now home to several astounding lighting installations including the mysterious marine monolith 'Stream' and the iconic 'Sticks of Rock'. The 660 acre Hastings Country Park offers one of the United Kingdom's most exhilarating clifftop panoramas together with a host of unique and rare wildlife species.
Hastings has a world class Marine Stewardship Council-certified fishery that’s celebrated every year in the town’s Seafood and Wine Festival.
As you might expect from a coastal town, there's a long history of smuggling and intrigue to uncover at popular Hastings attractions include A Smugglers Adventure at St Clements Caves, Bluereef Aquarium, Shipwreck Heritage Centre and the Fishermens Museum. And don't forget Hastings Castle and 1066 Story or Hastings Museum and Art Gallery.
There are some beautiful places to stay in Hastings including some amazing 5* accommodation, hotels and b&bs.
For lots more information on Hastings visit 1066 Country website.