Hastings Fishermen's Museum

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

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Hastings 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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Guide Prices

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



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    Recent Reviews:

    • Sks19781978
      London, United Kingdom
      Lovely museum
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 26th August 2023
      Such a lovely museum, lots of interesting things to see - had a massive anchor, really old boat, cannon some great things for all the family. Would definitely recommend. We caught the little steam... Read full review
    • Steve_of_N21
      London, United Kingdom
      Excellent small independent museum that is free to enter.
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 5th September 2023
      Lots of information pertaining to what used to be Hastings most important industry. Its small but well laid out with lots of information on the men and their families and what it was like back in the... Read full review
    • Alex S
      travel out
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 26th September 2023
      enjoy look around the museum of hastings fishermen year timeline lovely all the treasure found in hastings great see sea animals and sea birds Read full review

    Map & Directions



    • 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 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)
    Monday - Sunday11:00 - 17:00

    * Closed Christmas Day


    Saturday, 7th October 2023 - Saturday, 7th October 2023

    Sunday, 8th October 2023 - Sunday, 8th October 2023

    black and white photograph of Hastings Rock-a-nore area with fishing huts on the beach.Stade Fishing Quarter Historic Walk
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    Saturday, 14th October 2023 - Saturday, 14th October 2023

    Sunday, 15th October 2023 - Sunday, 15th October 2023

    OHPS Original Old Town Walks
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