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Ancient history

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1066 Country of Origin


  1. Destinations
    Visit the towns and villages of Battle, Bexhill, Bodiam, Camber, Hastings, Herstmonceux, Pevensey, Rye and Winchelsea.
  2. Things to do in 1066 Country
    Ancient settlements meet modern lifestyles, sparking a vibrant culture with so much to see and do.
  3. What’s on
    There's loads happening in 1066 Country – from theatre to music to children's activities. Find out what's on here.
  4. Food and drink
    The freshest fish, the best vineyards in England, and a wonderful array of healthy produce – eat with us.
  5. Your stay
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1066 Country is home to some of Sussex’s finest coast and countryside including the famous historic site on which the Battle of Hastings was fought. Use the map below to find out about more about the towns and villages of 1066 Country, as well as what's on, where to stay, things to do, and places to eat, drink, shop and find visitor information.

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Things to do

Get physical with glorious cycle routes and adrenalin-pumping watersports, discover fairytale castles, ancient relics and contemporary artwork, head outdoors to our forests, beaches and gardens, or enjoy a fun-filled family day out exploring an adventure park, braving the smugglers' caves, or getting up-close with the local wildlife. Spoilt for choice? Let us surprise you.

  1. Castles
    Six famous castles: soaring battlements, majestic moats, palatial piles and crumbling ruins.
  2. Family
    Adventure parks, water sports, castles and beaches – there's loads to do for children both young and old.
  3. Galleries
    Four fantastic galleries bring major national and international artists to 1066 Country, through exhibitions and permanent collections.
  4. Gardens
    Lily-covered lakes, beautiful borders, a tulip festival and a national pinetum. Garden fans, you're in for a treat.
  5. Historic sites
    Beyond the famous battlefield, 1066 Country is rich in history – from giant steam pumps to literary inspirations.
  6. Museums
    To really get to know 1066 Country, a visit to its museums is a must. From shipwrecks to flowermaking, our history is here.
  7. Outdoors
    Beaches, gardens and beautiful walks – there's so much to enjoy in the great outdoors.
  8. Sport
    Enjoy a spot of golf, glorious cycle routes, and plenty of adrenalin-pumping watersports.
  9. Things to do in 1066 Country
    Ancient settlements meet modern lifestyles, sparking a vibrant culture with so much to see and do.
  1. Important information on Coronavirus
    Please don't visit 1066 Country at the moment. To protect public health, our attractions are closed and our events postponed or cancelled. Click here for the latest information on COVID-19 and travel advice.
  2. Virtually open – what's on
    We may be staying in, but we're certainly not missing out. From the comfort of your sofa you can enjoy robotic gallery tours, virtual museums, festivals on Facebook and live streams from the zoo – here's what's happening online.

What's On

Looking for something to do in 1066 Country? We’ve plenty to keep you entertained during your stay, from festivals to fireworks, music, exhibitions, theatre and guided walks – and plenty of family friendly and free events too. Below are some upcoming highlights, or see the full listings here.

  1. This year's Jack in the Green will go ahead as a virtual event online. On Sunday 3 May, revellers are encouraged to dress up, decorate their houses with greenery, and join in the virtual parade.
    1. 3 May 2020
  2. The Scarecrow Festival, now in its 12th consecutive year, is an integral part Battle Arts & Music Festival.
    1. 20 Jul 20202 Aug 2020
  3. Hastings Old Town Carnival Week
    A week of exciting events from pram racing to treasure trails, open houses to walking tours.
    1. 31 Jul 20209 Aug 2020
  4. Bexhill Carnival Week
    A week of fun, free community events. The theme of this year's Carnival Week is 'Best of Britain'.
    1. 19 Jul 202025 Jul 2020
  5. Chill out at the Rye International Jazz Festival, a boutique music festival presenting world class international artistes and talent from across the region.
    1. 27 Aug 202031 Aug 2020
  6. © Ed Brown
    Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and spectacle of medieval England.
    1. 29 Aug 202031 Aug 2020
  7. Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival
    Indulge in a mouth-watering weekend of delicious seafood and luscious wines at this spectacular festival.
    1. 1 Jan 000131 Dec 9999
    2. 19 Sep 202020 Sep 2020
  8. Up to 60 Dragon Boat teams with crews of 16 paddlers in fancy dress (plus a drummer) race in Chinese-style Dragon Boats over a 250-metre course.
    1. 5 Sep 2020
  9. This combination of two fantastic events strives to honour the deep maritime history we embrace here in Rye. Proud to be a Cinque Port Town, we welcome locals and visitors from all over to join us in celebrating.
    1. 6 Sep 2020
  10. The fifth 1066 Cycling Festival will take place on Saturday 19 September between the Pier and the Source Park in Hastings, and Sunday 20 September on the Metropole Lawns by the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill.
    1. 19 Sep 202020 Sep 2020

Upcoming highlights

  1. Hastings Museum & Art Gallery has launched Hastings Digital Museum to counter social isolation and loneliness during the Covid-19 outbreak. They are publishing a daily programme of downloadable resources for children and families, recordings of regular activities like Starlings Music Group, and opportunities for discussion.
    1. 1 Jan 000131 Dec 9999
    2. 17 Mar 202030 Apr 2020
    3. 1 Nov 202016 Mar 2021

Food & Drink

With produce fresh from our fields, ocean and vineyards, here we celebrate honest, hearty food and drink. Get fed up in our cosy pubs, cool and cutesy cafés and top-notch restaurants, or head straight to the source for fantastic fish, micro breweries and beautiful vineyards

  1. Breweries
    Pale ales, IPAs, stouts and ciders – they're all made right here in 1066 Country.
  2. Cafés
    From cute olde worlde tea rooms to modern coffee shops specialising in vegan and gluten free goodies, we do…
  3. Delis and markets
    Pack yourself a picnic full of healthy, locally produced mouthwatering delicacies – and head outside to enjoy…
  4. Pubs
    Historic buildings, cosy fires, sunny gardens – and of course excellent beer and food.
  5. Restaurants
    Specialist seafood restaurants, delicious vegetarian dishes, heart-warming pasta and authentic world food.
  6. Vineyards
    You're in wine country here, and it'd be almost rude not to sample an award-winning vino or two.
Historic route gets major facelift to boost tourism and business

Historic route gets major facelift to boost tourism and business

The 30-mile 1066 Country walk, which begins at Pevensey and ends at Rye having visited Battle en-route, is being transformed into a visitor attraction thanks to a grant of more than £160,000 from the Rural Payments Agency. Due for completion in autumn 2020, the work will include better signage, new interpretation and information boards, guide maps, and bespoke sculptures crafted by local artist Keith Pettit.


Hastings & 1066 Country is home to some of Sussex’s finest coast and countryside including the famous historic site on which the Battle of Hastings was fought. Whether you're looking for a hotel, B&B, self-catering property or nights spent camping under the stars, we've got something for you.

  1. Hotels
    Country houses, smugglers' inns, spa treatments and views to die for. Let us put you up in style.
  2. Bed & breakfasts
    Experience the hospitality of 1066 Country in our beautiful B&Bs. Modern boutiques, historic farm houses and restored rectories await.
  3. Under the stars
    Riverside camping, wild glamping, cute little shepherd's huts and gypsy caravans – so many options for sleeping out.
  4. Holiday parks
    With playgrounds, swimming pools and activities on site, these holiday parks are great for a family stay.
  5. Self catering
    Do you prefer to be independent and self-contained on holiday? Have one of these properties all to yourself.
  6. Special offers
    Looking to get more out of your trip? Take a look at our latest offers.
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