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:

    • Karen J
      United Kingdom
      Fishy tales
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 31st December 2023
      Touching intimate history and current stories of Hastings fishing folk. Photos, stories, films, boat parts and much more, and even a real fishing boat to go on to get a sense of what it is like... Read full review
    • Dawnie1961
      St. Neots, United Kingdom
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      Well worth the visit.
      5 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 11th January 2024
      Small museum, but well worth the visit. So much to read and learn about characters wishing the Hastings fishing industry. Lots of artefacts too. Allow 1 hr to do it justice and don’t forget to leave... Read full review
    • RJP631
      Interesting and information small museum - recommend a short visit.
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 13th February 2024
      Nice and interesting little museum that my wife and (60 and 50) enjoyed on a wet February afternoon. Does not take long to go around my enough to see and read, 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


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