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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:

  • christinebO6616JQ
    Orpington, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Day out
    4 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 15th March 2020
    10 MInute stop. Very informative and well laid out. Local history with enough displays to keep older kids informed. Prob not that great for toddlers but it is only a 10 min look Read full review
  • nataliejhs
    Will visit again
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 22nd March 2020
    Will definietly be visiting again with the children. Great to learn about the local history of Hastings :) Read full review
  • richardgalloway
    Greater London, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    I was amazed.
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 26th April 2020
    So I was there in may 2019 together with my girlfriend. I wanted to visit all Hastings area and I stopped at one point to these museum. I was amazed of how many great things I could see there and... 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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