The Old Town
Hastings’ famous Old Town, delightfully nestled between the dramatic East and West Hills, is a charming mix of half-timbered houses, narrow streets and passageways (locally known as ‘twittens’) and an eclectic mix of boutiques, craft shops, delis, cafes and antiques centres.
The Old Town grew up around the fishing quarter known as The Stade and the Hastings fishing fleet, the largest beach-launched fishing fleet in Europe, still the source of some of the freshest and best fish you will ever see. The Stade is famous for the impressive and unique tall black Net Huts, which tower over Hastings Fish Market and the soon to open Jerwood Art Gallery.
The Shipwreck Museum and the Fishermen’s Museum explain how the town thrived during the old seafaring days and The Blue Reef aquarium in Rock-a-Nore Road is the closest you can get to the sealife without getting wet!
Deep in the West Hill, above the Old Town, you can see Hastings’ smuggling history come to life at The Smugglers Adventure in St Clement’s Caves and at the top of the East Hill is Hastings Country Park, 660 acres of ancient woodland, grassland and heath land that stretch across five miles of exposed cliffs towards the Pett Levels. The East Hill and Country Park is reached by taking the East Hill Lift, the steepest funicular railway in Britain.
Complete your day in Hastings Old Town with a visit to Porters, just a hundred yards up the High Street from the seafront. You’ll be very welcome!