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



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    Recent Reviews:

    • Katie B
      Bristol, United Kingdom
      Good little museum
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 17th May 2024
      Really enjoyed this small free museum. Lots of fishing related artworks to look at and you are able to go on the deck of a full sized local fishing boat. Read full review
    • Escape08168903211
      Codnor, United Kingdom
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      Winkle Kings and 4 Raeles
      5 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 30th May 2024
      Located right next door to the Shipwreck Museum, right at the end of the old town, is the Fisherman's Museum. It seems fitting that Hastings has a Fisherman's Museum, given how absolutely crucial... Read full review
    • danmY5870PP
      Bramhall, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Really good
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 1st June 2024
      Really worth going. We were in the town for the day. This place is a gem full of interesting things. The place is small though full of things to look and explore. 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 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)
    Monday - Sunday11:00 - 17:00

    * Closed Christmas Day


    Saturday, 13th July 2024 - Saturday, 13th July 2024

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    Saturday, 14th September 2024 - Saturday, 14th September 2024

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