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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.

 

 

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult ticket£11.20 per ticket
Concession ticket£10.10 per ticket
2 + 3£29.10 per ticket
Aged 5-15£6.70 per ticket
Child under 5 FreeFree

Free entry for children under five years old.

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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
  • Certificate of Excellence 2019
  • Excellent
    1085
  • Very Good
    654
  • Average
    127
  • Poor
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Recent Reviews:

  • RichardM290
    Battle, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Truly Historic & Legendary Site
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 6th March 2020
    Having lived in Battle for over 4 years we had never properly visited this truly historic & legendary site. The experience is amazing and makes us feel so superfluous as life is so short while these... Read full review
  • Anne S
    Leeds, United Kingdom
    We learnt things we thought we knew but didn't
    4 of 5 stars
    Friday, 13th March 2020
    The main building on the site is a school which you can't visit so the only things to see are ruins but don't let this put you off. You can walk on the perimeter wall, climb up a tower and visit the... Read full review
  • JFeakins2014
    Eastbourne, United Kingdom
    Afternoon visit
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 13th March 2020
    A walk round the site, the buildings, the gardens and the various exhibitions; landscape; history and fresh air. 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)

Payment Methods

  • Approx length of visit - 02:30
  • Delta accepted
  • Groups Accepted - None.
  • Maestro Accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Max group size - 100
  • Min group size - 11
  • Special group rates
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free
  • Visa accepted

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

* Closed: Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Events

Saturday, 10th October 2020 - Sunday, 11th October 2020

Re-enactment of the Battle of Hastings at Battle Abbey, East Sussex.Re-enactment of the Battle of HastingsGet up close to one of the most important battles in English history, as armies clash in the famous Battle of Hastings re-enactment. Taking place on the very spot where King Harold and Duke William fought in 1066, our re-enactment is an epic festival weekend for all ages. 
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Awards

  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Beautiful South Awards Winners 2017/18 - Silver Beautiful South Awards Winners 2017/18 - Silver 2018
  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Beautiful South Awards Winners 2017/18 - Bronze Beautiful South Awards Winners 2017/18 - Bronze 2017
  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Tourism South East Member 2018 Tourism South East Member 2018 2018

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