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

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    Recent Reviews:

    • Coffeefan68
      Trip Type:
      Solo travel
      Pop in
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 23rd October 2022
      Lovely little place - pop in and have a look. Great area too with lots of fresh fish (wasted on me as I'm veggie). Really interesting place. Read full review
    • the_big_b_dog
      London, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
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      Worth a look
      4 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 15th December 2022
      Come in if you want, I'm not bothered, come back later, it's open weekends too. Probably five minutes too later Read full review
    • wherearewe99
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      There is a boat in the building
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 31st January 2023
      Really clever way to celebrate the history of the area. I really enjoyed the older photographs and the staff were very friendly and kind. Read full review

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    Facilities

    Accessibility

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

    Tours and Demonstrations

    • Educational Visits Accepted
    • Guided Tours Available for Groups

    Awards

    • Regional and Miscellaneous -WTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021

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