Everyone has heard of Hastings thanks to the famous battle between the Normans and the Saxons which didn’t take place there in 1066. The Battle of Hastings actually took place at Battle, 6 miles to the north of the town, but never mind - Hastings is still a worthwhile place to visit. It has its own clifftop castle and a funicular railway to carry visitors up to it from the Stade, home of the largest beach-launched fishing fleet in Europe. Nearby are the tall, black wooden sheds used by the fishermen for drying their nets, and the Fisherman’s Museum.
The Jerwood Gallery opened in the town in 2013 and attracts many visitors to its collection of modern British art. Book a Hastings B&B and spend a day or two exploring this historic town.