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Fishermen's Museum

Rock-a-Nore Road, HASTINGS, East Sussex, TN34 3DW

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Fishermen's Museum

About

The museum is housed in a former church (dedicated to St Nicholas) which was built on the beach in 1854 to serve the local fishing community.  It operated as a church until 1930 but was turned into a museum in 1956 by the Old Hastings Preservation Society.

It looks after one of the famous net huts next to the building where you can also find the Edward and Mary which, in 1919, became the first locally-built fishing boat to be installed with an engine, and The Valiant, which was built in Newhaven in 1953 and worked from Hastings until 1999.  On the beach in front of the boats is an anchor dating from Napoleonic times.

Exhibits in the museum include model ships and boats, fishing gear, historic paintings and photographs illustrating the Hastings fishing industry.

Guide Prices

Free but donations welcome; prebooking required for groups - 40 maximum group size.

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Recent Reviews:

  • SurreyCinderella
    Surrey
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Pop in on for a little piece of local history
    4 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 4th September 2019
    Wasn’t going to bother going in as the Museum is quite small but happy we did. It’s free to look around and there’s not many places these days that share their history and rely on donations to... Read full review
  • 514nickyw
    Seaford, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Quick Visit
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 4th September 2019
    This has been there for years but there's always something new to discover and my Autistic son loves to take his friends in for a look around. Read full review
  • Tripmonkey00
    Horsham, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    interesting
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 12th September 2019
    i enjoyed my visit here and found the museum interesting and educating i recommend a visit when in the area Read full review

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Nearest major road is A259. Off the A259, on Hastings seafront (towards the east of town). Car park close by.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest station is Hastings. Follow signs to the seafront and turn left along to Rock-a-Nore Road.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access

Payment Methods

  • Sterling Travellers Cheques accepted

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

Opening Times

* Closed Christmas Day

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