Hastings is most famous for the battle that took place there in 1066 between King Harold’s English and William the Conqueror’s Normans. The town lent its name to the battle…although the battle actually took place in nearby Battle.
A picturesque jumble of weather-boarded cottages, mossy-roofed townhouses and narrow ‘twittens’, it’s home to a thriving artsy community, which feeds plenty of cafés, restaurants and independent shops selling art and antiques, upmarket homewares, flowers, artisan bread and more.
Down on the seafront is The Stade, where the tall historic black net huts of the town’s still-working fishing fleet (the largest beach-launched fleet in Europe)
The Jerwood Gallery is a museum of contemporary British art located on The Stade in Hastings, it contains the Jerwood Collection of 20th and 21st century art and a changing contemporary exhibition programme. The gallery opened in March 2012 and cost £4m to build.
The De La Warr Pavilion is an international style building constructed in 1935, considered by some to be in an Art Deco style. Some claim it to be the first major Modernist public building in Britain, although in fact it was preceded by some months by the Dutch-influenced Hornsey Town Hall. It is the venue for many exhibitions and live events.