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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:

  • Terry J
    Hastings, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    great place for the kids
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 10th July 2019
    there is so much to see and the fishing boat is amazing and its free to enter well worth the trip and we would go again Read full review
  • aunt73
    Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
    Well worth a visit
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 15th July 2019
    What a lovely museum. Free of charge and a lot to read and look at . Lovely friendly staff. Would recommend. Read full review
  • MLGeogLeics
    Leicester, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Great little free museum
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 20th July 2019
    Free, but worth a donation. This is an interesting and quite interactive museum to visit, and anything that captures the imagination of my 2 and 4-year olds boys gets a thumbs up from me! There were... 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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