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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The grounds of 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield are open. Takeaway catering is available and our shop is open, but all indoor areas remain closed.

You will need to book your tickets in advance. For up-to-date opening times and booking information, please see the Battle Abbey website for more information.    

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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£13.60 per ticket
Concession ticket£12.20 per ticket
Aged 5-15£8.20 per ticket
Family ticket 1 + 3£21.80 per ticket
Family ticket 2 + 3£35.40 per ticket

Free entry for children under five years old.

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    Recent Reviews:

    • W6011IFcarolync
      Gloucester, United Kingdom
      Well worth it.
      5 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 21st July 2021
      The battlefield audio guide is excellent. It may be a bit long for some people though. The Abbey itself is also amazing to look round, to see what medieval builders were able to do. Good... Read full review
    • Cyberwho
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Fascinating history, great day out
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 24th July 2021
      I visited here with my wife whilst in the area on holiday. We didn’t know what to expect, but thoroughly enjoyed our visit. We started by doing the tour, and the guide (Robert) was superb. The tour... Read full review
    • E7367PFrussellb
      Rowlands Castle, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      Leaner SO much. Brilliant day
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 26th July 2021
      Great tour and the whole experience . A real sense of the magnitude of the battle. Leaned so much, the small fascinating Detail, and walking the field . Wow. Brilliant interactive for all. Relaxed... 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.

    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
    • Visit BritainWe're Good to Go We're Good to Go 2021
    • Regional and Miscellaneous -WTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021

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