Explore this attractive town which got its name from the 1066 Battle of Hastings, fought between King Harold and William the Conqueror!
Trains to Battle
Visit the site of one of the most famous battles in England's history and discover the fascinating story of events behind that historic date. From the 1066 Battlefield, to the Abbey ruins, to the walled garden, there is plenty in Battle to make your trip there both entertaining and educational.
Getting there: Take Southeastern trains from London Bridge, or London Charing Cross to Battle, it's a short hour and twenty minute trip to enjoy this historic town.
Fun things to do...
Contemporary Norman and Saxon sculpture
A new, contemporary statue, designed by sculptor Guy Portelli from a winning idea of a local resident Mr Kenneth Higgs, makes an exciting impact on visitors entering Battle from the northern end of the High Street. The statue pays homage, not just to the 7000 lives lost in 1066 and in subsequent conflicts, but to animals too, particularly horses, who were killed in action. With English Heritage’s 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield at the southerly entrance to the town, and now the sculpture at the northerly entrance, take time to walk along the pretty High Street to visit both commemorative sites.
1066 Story, Battle Abbey and Battlefield - 950 years on
Stand on the roof of Battle Abbey’s Great Gatehouse for a stunning new 360 degree view across the town and landscape where fierce fighting raged on 14 October 1066. Follow the sculpture trail across the battlefield comprised of 15 carved oak figures, new for the 2017 season. Visit a brand new permanent exhibition, launched April 2017, and learn about the consequences of the Battle of Hastings and how life changed under Norman rule.
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