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:

    • wuzzlebear
      London, United Kingdom
      Interesting
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 2nd July 2021
      Doesn’t take long interesting and by a lovely fish shop and right by Rock a nore car park. And East Hill Lift Read full review
    • 7karleens
      Interesting place
      4 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 18th July 2021
      Right next door to the shipwreck museum so I popped in for a look. Spent about half an hour looking at various fishing paraphernalia and reading about the history of fishing in the area. There's a... Read full review
    • Steve O
      South Of England
      Worth a visit, very interesting
      4 of 5 stars
      Friday, 23rd July 2021
      A very interesting visit, this museum is free to visit, there are a lot of interesting exhibits and the staff were very polite and helpful, I would only say please give a donation as we need these... 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

    Covid reduced hours (5 Dec 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)
    DayTimes
    Thursday - FridayClosed
    Saturday - Sunday11:00 - 16:00

    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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