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Battle Abbey Gatehouse

Battle Abbey Gatehouse

This was rebuilt around 1338 to help defend the abbey from French raids during the Hundred Years War.  It is considered to be one of the finest examples of its kind in an English monastery.

During the 14th century, the strengthened Abbey played a vital role in defending the coast from French raids.  In the summer of 1377, Abbot Hamo gained enduring fame by successfully marshalling his troops to repulse a particularly aggresssive raid.  At this time, the Abbey was kept busy providing food and clothing to refugeees fleeing the the conflict.

The gatehouse is now home to the Museum of Monastic Life and the Discovery Centre which offers an interactive 'lift-the-flap' quiz and a build-a-family-tree activity for younger children.  At Christmas, the turrets are studded with lights helping the gatehouse dominate Battle High Street and contribute to an enchanting seasonal atmosphere.

Places to See


Clambers Play Centre

One of the best and largest Children’s Play Centres in the UK with extensive indoor and outdoor areas. For children up to 12 years and a separate...

Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard

Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard

England's oldest organic vineyard, established in 1979. A woodland nature trail forms part of the vineyard self- guided tour. Watch organic farming...

Egerton Park

Egerton Park

Located within a few minutes’ walk of the seafront and town centre, Egerton Park offers something for everyone from leisurely walks around the lakes...

Large coastal nature reserve with a vast array of wildlife

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

A large coastal nature reserve with shingle beaches, sandy shores at low tide, grassland, saltmarsh and reedbeds bordering lakes and pools hosting a...


Things To Do




Historic Itinerary

Historic Itinerary

Divide your day between the two major sites bound up with the history of the Norman Invasion - Battle and Hastings.  William marched first...