Fishermen's Museum

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

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Fishermen's Museum


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



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    Recent Reviews:

    • helenh567
      Driffield, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Ahoy sailor!
      4 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 12th June 2022
      Nice place to visit while in the area. You get a real feel of what it must have been like fishing here, especially after walking through the Nets. Pictures, artifacts and the like build the picture... Read full review
    • Stuart W
      Jamestown, United Kingdom
      An interesting little museum.
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 2nd July 2022
      We visited this interesting little museum partly to get out of the sun for a while. Nice a lot of different exhibits and it's free. Read full review
    • ShaunH290
      London, United Kingdom
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      Something will Catch your Eye!
      3 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 2nd July 2022
      Just along the shore road from the Shipwreck Museum, it is entirely different. Displayed in a disused church (chapel of ease), the museum was created to house the last remaining clinker-built sailing... Read full review

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

    Tours and Demonstrations

    • Educational Visits Accepted
    • Guided Tours Available for Groups

    Opening Times

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


    Saturday, 8th October 2022 - Sunday, 9th October 2022

    Watercolour and ink print of large fishing boat in front of castle like building on a clifftopStade Historic Fishing Quarter Guided WalksExplore Hastings' historic fishing quarter with the Old Town Preservation Society.
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    Friday, 14th October 2022 - Friday, 14th October 2022

    Saturday, 15th October 2022 - Saturday, 15th October 2022

    print of historic hastings with net huts in background and fishsellersOriginal OHPS Old Town WalksGuides from the Old Hastings Preservation Society reveal the hidden histories of Hastings.
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