1066 Country of Origin


  1. Destinations
    Visit the towns and villages of Battle, Bexhill, Bodiam, Camber, Hastings, Herstmonceux, Pevensey, Rye and Winchelsea.
  2. Things to do in 1066 Country
    Ancient settlements meet modern lifestyles, sparking a vibrant culture with so much to see and do.
  3. What’s on
    There's loads happening in 1066 Country – from theatre to music to children's activities. Find out what's on here.
  4. Food and drink
    The freshest fish, the best vineyards in England, and a wonderful array of healthy produce – eat with us.
  5. Where to Stay
    From boutique hotels to shepherd's huts wreathed in woodsmoke, 1066 Country opens its doors in welcome.

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1066 Country is home to some of Sussex’s finest coast and countryside including the famous historic site on which the Battle of Hastings was fought. Use the map below to find out about more about the towns and villages of 1066 Country, as well as what's on, where to stay, things to do, and places to eat, drink and shop.

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Things To Do

Passionate about the countryside, sea, history and culture — then you’ll find much to please you in 1066 Country. This part of the south east is one of the most beautiful with its uplifting scenery, tranquil majestic villages, clean beaches and historic castles.

  1. Castles
    Six famous castles: soaring battlements, majestic moats, palatial piles and crumbling ruins.
  2. Family
    Adventure parks, water sports, castles and beaches – there's loads to do for children both young and old.
  3. Galleries
    Four fantastic galleries bring major national and international artists to 1066 Country, through exhibitions and permanent collections.
  4. Gardens
    Lily-covered lakes, beautiful borders, a tulip festival and a national pinetum. Garden fans, you're in for a treat.
  5. Historic sites
    Beyond the famous battlefield, 1066 Country is rich in history – from giant steam pumps to literary inspirations.
  6. Museums
    To really get to know 1066 Country, a visit to its museums is a must. From shipwrecks to flowermaking, our history is here.
  7. Outdoors
    Beaches, gardens and beautiful walks – there's so much to enjoy in the great outdoors.
  8. Sport
    Enjoy a spot of golf, glorious cycle routes, and plenty of adrenalin-pumping watersports.
  9. Things to do in 1066 Country
    Ancient settlements meet modern lifestyles, sparking a vibrant culture with so much to see and do.
  1. Book Experiences
    Bike hire? Watersports? Wine tasting? Book your next adventure in 1066 Country.
  2. A fun and exciting outdoor activity to explore the scenery of Rye Bay and all it has to offer.  Ours routes are full of pubs, restaurants, churches, beaches, arts and crafts, wine vineyards and even a castle or two.  Suitable for couples, families and groups and even doggies!

What's On

Looking for something to do in 1066 Country? We’ve plenty to keep you entertained during your stay, from festivals to fireworks, music, exhibitions, theatre and guided walks – and plenty of family friendly and free events too. Below are some upcoming highlights, or see the full listings here.

    1. 14 Oct 2023
    2. 15 Oct 2023
  1. Enjoy free entry to the home of Rudyard Kipling.
    1. painting in bold brushstrokes showing a crowded swimming pool.
      The latest exhibition at Hastings Contemporary.
      1. Two men and women extending bows and shooting archery targets on lawn. They are in medieval dress.
        See the archers train and practice their skills at Bodiam Castle.
        1. 28 Oct 2023
      2. Puzzles, questions and riddles on this trail at Bodiam Castle.
        1. Look through some of the largest telescopes in the country at Herstmonceux.
          1. 7 Oct 2023
          2. 21 Oct 2023
          3. 28 Oct 2023
          4. 11 Nov 2023
          5. 17 Nov 2023
          6. 2 Dec 2023
          7. 9 Dec 2023
        2. birds eye view of a bloody mary cocktail.
          Let's do Brunch! Visit Webbe's at the Fish Cafe in Rye.
          1. 8 Oct 2023
        3. Poster for Hastings Storytelling Festival shows male dancer with textile.
          Celebrate the art of storytelling at this annual festival.
          1. 14 Oct 202322 Oct 2023
        4. An unforgettable wine experience with Vine + Country Tours.

          Upcoming highlights

          1. Coming from the right of the screen, knights in armour charging on horseback, green field in background and to left.
            The one and only Battle of Hastings re-enactment takes place on the very spot where King Harold and Duke William fought in 1066. Don't miss 500 reenactors recreate the drama and intensity of this legendary conflict.
            1. 14 Oct 202315 Oct 2023

          Food & Drink

          1. Breweries
            Pale ales, IPAs, stouts and ciders – they're all made right here in 1066 Country.
          2. Cafés
            From cute olde worlde tea rooms to modern coffee shops specialising in vegan and gluten free goodies, we do…
          3. Delis and markets
            Pack yourself a picnic full of healthy, locally produced mouthwatering delicacies – and head outside to enjoy…
          4. Pubs
            Historic buildings, cosy fires, sunny gardens – and of course excellent beer and food.
          5. Restaurants
            Specialist seafood restaurants, delicious vegetarian dishes, heart-warming pasta and authentic world food.
          6. Vineyards
            You're in wine country here, and it'd be almost rude not to sample an award-winning vino or two.
          View from the top of the tower at St Mary's Church Rye.

          24 Hours in Rye

          Thinking of a day out in Rye? Then read our latest guest blog post by Squibb Viscious for some top tips!


          Hastings & 1066 Country is home to some of Sussex’s finest coast and countryside including the famous historic site on which the Battle of Hastings was fought. Whether you're looking for a hotel, B&B, self-catering property or nights spent camping under the stars, we've got something for you.

          1. Hotels
            Country houses, smugglers' inns, spa treatments and views to die for. Let us put you up in style.
          2. Bed & breakfasts
            Experience the hospitality of 1066 Country in our beautiful B&Bs. Modern boutiques, historic farm houses and restored rectories await.
          3. Camping and Glamping
            Riverside camping, wild glamping, cute little shepherd's huts and gypsy caravans – so many options for sleeping out.
          4. Holiday parks
            With playgrounds, swimming pools and activities on site, these holiday parks are great for a family stay.
          5. Self catering
            Do you prefer to be independent and self-contained on holiday? Have one of these properties all to yourself.
          6. Special offers
            Looking to get more out of your trip? Take a look at our latest offers.
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