Fishermen's Museum

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

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Fishermen's Museum

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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.

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Guide Prices

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

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Recent Reviews:

  • adyval
    Long Eaton, United Kingdom
    1st time visit
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 12th September 2021
    Visited friday 10th Sept 2021. what a fantastic museum, lots of history and stories of the fisherman, lifeboatmen etc who served the area. So much to take in, you could spend days here. Well done to... Read full review
  • Jma61
    Warlingham, United Kingdom
    A little gem
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 17th September 2021
    This museum has been here for years and is still very much worth a visit. It gives a great insight into a Fishermans lot Entrance is complimentary but donations are greatly appreciated and needed Read full review
  • darrylt187
    St Leonards-on-Sea, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    A gem of a museum
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 21st October 2021
    A little gem of a museum housed in an old church, is worth a visit. It's free run by volunteers and tells the story of Hastings fishing fleet. The staff were very helpful and run a good gift shop... Read full review

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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

Fishermen's Museum (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday11:00 - 17:00

Awards

  • 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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