Smugglers Adventure at St Clements Caves

St Clements Caves, West Hill, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 3HY

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Child looking at a miniature model of smugglers using the caves, at Smugglers adventure Hastings


​​​​​Journey back in time to uncover the deep and dark secrets of the ancient smuggling industry. Notorious smuggler Hairy Jack will lead you through acres of hidden underground caverns, covert passages, and concealed tunnels on a curious voyage deep beneath the surface. You’ll be greeted by over 70 life-sized smuggling characters who  will open your eyes to the lucrative but often perilous world of the ancient smugglers. Meet historic pirates, smugglers and bootleggers who used this underground hideaway to stash their illegal contraband from the watchful eye of the Crown.

Enjoy the many Interactive displays and hands-on games and activities – ensuring that Smugglers Adventure is a great day out for the whole family. Be sure to watch out for the Chapel – it’s the most haunted part of the caves and is colder than anywhere else. We guess it’s because of all of those smuggler spirits (as in ghosts, not rum) who frequented the caves many centuries ago. 

Smugglers Adventure is an educational and exciting experience but some children of a nervous disposition may find some of the themes discussed scary, such as ghosts and mild gore/horror.  It is a self-guided attraction but we promise there are no members of staff waiting to jump out and scare you  – unless at an advertised special event.

Please note there are several steps down to the entrance of the cave entrance. Due to the attraction being set inside a natural cave, there are some uneven floors, a low tunnel and slippery surfaces. Pushchairs are not permitted inside but can be left in the buggy park.

See You Soon Smugglers!


3-in-1 Combi Tickets
To buy your 3-in-1 Super Saver Ticket for Smugglers Adventure, Hastings Castle & Hastings Aquarium simply go to the attraction you want to see first and purchase it there. You then have 7 days to see the other two attractions. Not currently available to purchase online.

Standard £21.38
Junior (Aged 3-12)  £16.88
Concession (Senior 65+ & Student) £19.88
Family of 4 (2 x Standard + 2 x Junior) £72.00


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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
3-12 years£8.00
Family 2a + 2c£34.00 per ticket
Senior 65+ & student£9.50 per ticket

Under 3s go free.



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    Recent Reviews:

    • W2638IOrebeccad
      Trip Type:
      Brilliant way to spend an hour or so
      4 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 21st August 2021
      We went to the smugglers adventure after purchasing the 3in1 ticket from the blue reef aquarium and being a bit disappointed in there we hoped the caves would be a lot better. We all thoroughly... Read full review
    • 1bungle
      Bedford, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Smugglers cave Hastings
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 27th August 2021
      Visited the caves in Hastings to learn about the smugglers back in the day when tax was getting higher snd higher, was very interesting to learn and see, if you are in Hastings on the sea front it is... Read full review
    • kcrane2016
      Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
      Good fun and actually set in the real smugglers caves
      4 of 5 stars
      Monday, 30th August 2021
      Great experience. Some of the interactive exhibits for the children were not working on our visit but we had great fun. Heed the warning on the smugglers experience website and wear trainers and not... Read full review

    Map & Directions

    Road Directions

    Nearest major road is A21. Turn left along the seafront on the A259. Located on West  Hill. Signposted.

    Public Transport Directions

    Nearest station is Hastings.



    • Guide Dogs Permitted

    Audio Commentary in Foreign Languages

    • French audio guide
    • German audio guide

    Establishment Features

    • Audio Commentary in Foreign Languages
    • Printed Material in Foreign Languages
    • Toilets

    Parking & Transport

    • Railway station within walking distance

    Payment Methods

    • Approx length of visit - 01:00
    • Delta accepted
    • Groups Accepted - Pre-booking advisable in high season.
    • Maestro Accepted
    • MasterCard accepted
    • Min group size - 10
    • Special group rates
    • Visa accepted

    Printed Material in Foreign Languages

    • French printed material
    • German printed material

    Provider Preferences

    • In town/city centre
    • Indoor Attraction
    • No Smoking Attraction

    Specialist Features

    • Marketed Towards Families

    Tours and Demonstrations

    • Educational Visits Accepted

    Opening Times

    Smugglers Adventure (15 Feb 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)
    Monday10:30 - 16:30*
    Tuesday - ThursdayClosed*
    Friday - Sunday10:30 - 16:30*

    * Open everyday during October half term, 23rd - 31st October 2021.
    Last entry 4pm.

    Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

    Special Offers

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