1066 Battle Abbey and Battlefield

High Street, Battle, East Sussex, TN33 0AD

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Battle Abbey viewed from Abbey Green

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Visit the site of one of the most famous battles in England's history – the 1066 Battle of Hastings, and discover the fascinating story of events behind that historic date.

Explore the award-winning exhibition which brings alive the dramatic story of the Norman Conquest and its significance in the tumultuous history of England. End your day by relaxing in the cafe. The annual re-enactment of 1066 Battle of Hastings takes place every year during October. Days out worth talking about!

The Abbey takes its name from the town and was founded to commemorate the bloody battle that saw William the Conqueror assume control of England in 1066.

The high altar of the abbey church was reputedly on the spot where Harold died and is now marked by a special commemorative stone.  Little remains of the original abbey buildings but its impressive gateway dominates the south end of Battle High Street.

The remaining cloisters, part of the west range, were leased to Battle Abbey School shortly after the first world war, and the school remains in occupancy to this day.  Although referred to as 'Battle Abbey', it is actually named 'St Martin's Abbey'.

The Abbey was founded as a result of a vow made by William in an Abbey at St Valerie Sur Somme, before the sea crossing, in which he promised to establish a monastery free of episcopal control if God granted him victory.  The Chronicles of Battel Abbey, which dates from around 1180, state it was "founded by the Conqueror in expiation for the sin involved in the conquest".

When William died, he left many gifts to the Abbey which included his royal cloak and a portable altar used on his campaigns.  William had endowed the Abbey to such an extent that it became the 15th wealthiest religious house in the country.  However the twin terrors of repeated French raids and the Black Death had a lasting impact on the abbey and drastically affected its population and income.

Subsequent centuries saw the Abbey grow in status and wealth thanks to the Abbots' careful management of its resources. The Abbey now has a new visitor centre with some incredible interactive displays.  There's also acafé with wonderful views of the battlefield and a host of innovative new features throughout the attraction.

Things to do in Battle

There's plenty more to Battle than the battlefield – don't miss a visit to its bustling high street, independent shops, quirky museum and tranquil gardens. Find out more about things to do in Battle, as well as what's on in Battle.

Accommodation

Fancy making a weekend of it? You'll be spoilt for choice of where to stay in Battle, and there are lots of delicious options for food and drink in Battle too.

 

 

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult ticket£14.20 per ticket
Concession ticket£12.80 per ticket
Aged 5-15£8.50 per ticket
Family ticket 1 + 3£22.70 per ticket
Family ticket 2 + 3£36.90 per ticket

Prices include donation. Free entry for children under five years old.

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    Recent Reviews:

    • W5250SVstephanieg
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Great day out.
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 24th April 2022
      Yesterday we spent a good few hours at Battle Abbey, the site of the Battle of Hastings. It is run by English Heritage and is all very well organised for families. There is a cafe with plenty of... Read full review
    • AnneW16000
      Haslemere, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Interesting day out
      4 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 8th May 2022
      Quite pricey if you pay full price but it is a good half day out. Recommend the audio guides, which come free with the entry fee. There is a lovely walk around the whole battlefield, which is a... Read full review
    • kenna1965
      Stockport, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      How to conquer a country with just 7000 men
      5 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 18th May 2022
      A step back in time to 1066. A very informative visitor centre, describing the politik of why this battle took place, and how it developed. Couple it with a visit to Pevensey Castle and you'll know a... Read full review

    Map & Directions

    Road Directions

    Nearest major road is A21. A21, from London then follow the A2100 to Battle. Located at the south end of Battle High Street.

    Public Transport Directions

    Nearest station is Battle. Signposted.

    Facilities

    Accessibility

    • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors - Loop system for audio guides
    • Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors - Braille and audio guide
    • Guide Dogs Permitted
    • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
    • Ramp/Level Access

    Audio Commentary in Foreign Languages

    • French audio guide
    • German audio guide
    • Japanese audio guide

    Catering

    • On-Site cafe/restaurant - Soft drinks, biscuits and ice-cream.
    • Picnic Site

    Establishment Features

    • Audio Commentary in Foreign Languages
    • Printed Material in Foreign Languages
    • Toilets

    Parking & Transport

    • On site parking
    • Parking (charge)

    Printed Material in Foreign Languages

    • French printed material
    • German printed material

    Provider Preferences

    • In town/city centre
    • Indoor Attraction
    • Outdoor Attraction

    Specialist Features

    • Marketed Towards Families

    Tours and Demonstrations

    • Educational Visits Accepted
    • Guided Tours Available for Groups

    Opening Times

    Open New Year
    Winter season (1 Nov 2022 - 13 Feb 2023)
    DayTimes
    Wednesday - FridayClosed
    Saturday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00
    February Half Term (14 Feb 2023 - 20 Feb 2023)
    DayTimes
    Spring season (21 Feb 2023 - 31 Mar 2023)
    DayTimes
    Monday - TuesdayClosed
    Wednesday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00

    * Open Boxing Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Last entry one hour before closing.

    Events

    Saturday, 28th May 2022 - Sunday, 5th June 2022

    children climbing tower at battle abbeyKids Rule! May Half Term (Battle Abbey)Get ready for a right royal knees-up at English Heritage's Kids Rule event this May half term.
    more info

    Saturday, 25th June 2022 - Sunday, 26th June 2022

    knights in armour fightingKnights' Tournament at Battle AbbeyGo back in time and get closer to the action at Battle Abbey.
    more info

    Awards

    • Regional and Miscellaneous -Tourism South East Member Tourism South East Member 2021
    • Regional and Miscellaneous -WTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021

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