Hastings is one of the premier resorts in south-eastern England, and it's experiencing a renaissance as well, with new museums and galleries opening all the time. From cutting edge modern art to ruined Norman castles, history, creativity, and enjoyment are easy to come by in this appealing destination.
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If you're keen on an English seaside break, weekend breaks in Hastings are hard to beat. Two days should be enough to see many of the resort's attractions, but to help you plan your visit, here are five must-visit attractions not far from the city centre.
1. The East Hill Lift
Built in 1902, the East Hill funicular railway allows visitors to soar 81m above Hastings, providing fine views of the beach. And it's a handy route to the Hastings Country Park, an 852-acre complex full of coastal walks and fabulous views.
2. Hastings Castle
It's a magnificent ruin, but Hastings Castle is well worth exploring via the West Hill funicular. The castle was ground zero for the Norman Conquest, marking the birth of modern Britain, and highlights include the eerie 'whispering dungeon'.
3. The Hastings Contemporary
With 48 hours to spare, visiting this newly opened modern art gallery is a must. Close to the beach, it hosts a dizzying schedule of exhibitions by major British artists, from Stanley Spencer to Jake & Dinos Chapman.
4. Smugglers Adventure
For centuries, Hastings was a smuggling hotspot, and St. Clements Caves formed a vital part of the smuggling chain. Nowadays, these catacombs have been converted into a fascinating museum, dedicated to contraband and illegal trade. There's no museum quite like it.
5. Hastings Beach
If the weather is fine, why not copy the Victorian crowds, and pay Hastings Beach a visit? There's enough sand for games and sunbathing, and the town's pier is available when the clouds open, offering amusements, cinemas, and music venues.