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Ancient history

Ancient history

Battle Abbey over countryside

1066 Country of Origin


  1. Things to do in 1066 Country
    Ancient settlements meet modern lifestyles, sparking a vibrant culture with so much to see and do.
  2. What’s on
    There's loads happening in 1066 Country – from theatre to music to children's activities. Find out what's on here.
  3. Food and drink
    The freshest fish, the best vineyards in England, and a wonderful array of healthy produce – eat with us.
  4. 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. Sport
    Enjoy a spot of golf, glorious cycle routes, and plenty of adrenalin-pumping watersports.
  2. Discover
    Visit fairytale castles, gaze at the stars through giant telescopes, or get cultural in our museums and galleries.
  3. Outdoors
    Beaches, gardens and beautiful walks – there's so much to enjoy in the great outdoors.
  4. Family
    Adventure parks, water sports, castles and beaches – there's loads to do for children both young and old.
  5. Castles
    Six famous castles: soaring battlements, majestic moats, palatial piles and crumbling ruins.
  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.
  1. Bonfires and fireworks
    1066 Country has a rich tradition of bonfire processions – find out this year's dates here.
  2. Halloween
    A gathering of ghosts, a plethora of pumpkins... there's something spooky afoot in 1066 Country.

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. Mother's Ruin at Hastings Storytelling Festival
    Once upon a time. But what time Yesterday? Today? Tomorrow? Stories transcend time and space. Our theme for 2019 is ‘Futures’.
    1. 13 Nov 2016
    2. 6 Nov 201712 Nov 2017
    3. 5 Oct 201913 Oct 2019
  2. An epic festival of displays, activities and re-enactments to keep you awestruck all weekend.
    1. 12 Oct 201913 Oct 2019
  3. Free outdoor performances on Saturdays on the Stade Open Space in Hastings.
    1. 1 Jun 201931 Oct 2019
  4. A week long celebration to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Hastings on 14 October 1066.
    1. 12 Oct 201920 Oct 2019
  5. Can you find Wally in our collections? We're part of the national Where's Wally? The Big Museum Hunt, organised by Kids in Museums & Walker Books.
    1. 19 Oct 20193 Nov 2019
  6. Bring the family to create an autumnal colour chart using fallen leaves, needles and cone debris found around the pinetum.
    1. 19 Oct 20193 Nov 2019
  7. A fantastic opportunity to learn how to navigate your way around the night sky using the constellations as your guide.
    1. 14 Oct 20194 Nov 2019
  8. During his stay at Bateman's, the Tiger can be found downstairs in the specially designed kitchen.
    1. 7 Sep 20193 Nov 2019
  9. Drusillas have mixed a potion and cast a spell to add some fang-tastically spooky surprises to the Park which are sure to keep your little horrors happy!
    1. 26 Oct 20193 Nov 2019
  10. Grab your broomsticks for some wickedly witchy fun at Battle Abbey this Halloween half term.
    1. 26 Oct 20193 Nov 2019

Upcoming highlights

  1. The month-long arts and music festival is running throughout October in Battle, East Sussex, drawing visitors from throughout the UK, Europe and the US.
    1. 29 Sep 201931 Oct 2019

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. Cafes
    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.
Castle taken from the trees, reflected onto the moat

A visit to Herstmonceux Castle

Find out more about Herstmonceux Castle, a beautiful fifteenth century building that was once the largest residential home in England. 


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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