1066 Battle Abbey and Battlefield

High Street, Battle, East Sussex, TN33 0AD
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Battle Abbey viewed from Abbey Green

About

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.

 

 

Book Tickets

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.

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 2024 - 13 Feb 2025)
DayTimes
Wednesday - FridayClosed
Saturday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00
February Half Term (14 Feb 2025 - 20 Feb 2025)
DayTimes
Spring season (21 Feb 2025 - 31 Mar 2025)
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, 20th July 2024 - Sunday, 1st September 2024

Battle Abbey Medieval SeasonMedieval Season at Battle AbbeyGet stuck in with activities every day of the Summer holidays at Battle Abbey.
more info

Saturday, 12th October 2024 - Sunday, 13th October 2024

Coming from the right of the screen, knights in armour charging on horseback, green field in background and to left.The Battle of Hastings Re-enactment 2024The one and only Battle of Hastings re-enactment takes place on the very spot where King Harold and Duke William fought in 1066. Don't miss 500 reenactors recreate the drama and intensity of this legendary conflict.
more info

Awards

  • Regional and Miscellaneous -WTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021
  • Tourism South East Award -Tourism South East Member 24/25 - Platinum Tourism South East Member 24/25 - Platinum 2024

What's Nearby

  1. The East Sussex towns of Battle, Bexhill and Hastings will forever be remembered…

    0.02 miles away
  2. Find out about this remarkable three-metre tapestry at St Mary's Church.

    0.1 miles away
  3. Battle's Grade I Listed church of national historic importance, with a thriving community.

    0.1 miles away
  1. The Almonry, Historic House, and Gardens are open Monday to Saturday, 11am-2pm, with free…

    0.26 miles away
  2. Experience the hidden history of Battle as revealed by its residents.

    0.29 miles away
  3. Special displays of Battle's industries over the centuries including the famous gunpowder…

    0.31 miles away
  4. Pick your own wildly beautiful blooms at Foxlight Flower Farm.

    2.7 miles away
  5. David & Linda Carr Taylor established the vineyard, in the picturesque Sussex countryside…

    3.28 miles away
  6. England's oldest organic vineyard, established in 1979. A woodland nature trail forms…

    3.34 miles away
  7. The Giants of Brede. Varied collection of water pumps mainly from the steam era including…

    4.28 miles away
  8. Brede High Woods is the Trust’s largest ancient woodland, six miles north of Hastings in…

    4.46 miles away
  9. This picturesque area of Bexhill is home to some fine examples of Georgian architecture…

    4.8 miles away
  10. The Combe Valley Countryside Park covers approximately 2.3 square miles (about…

    4.86 miles away
  11. Bookbindery & print studio servicing the arts and local community at Beeching Road…

    5.06 miles away
  12. A ceramic studio based at Beeching Road Studios, Bexhill-on-Sea.

    5.06 miles away
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