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Hastings in a day

I grew up in and around Hastings

Hastings Beach Pier

Hastings is such a beautiful area, rich with history and an every changing culture. 12 years ago I left for the bright lights of London but my family remained. I have the luxury of knowing Hastings both as a local and as a tourist. I’ll be doing a short series – Hastings in a Day, Hastings in a Weekend and Hastings in a Week. I’ll focus on things to do, things to see, places to stay and things to eat, for all weather options.

This week, it’s Hastings in a Day. Being less than 2 hours from London by train or on the road, Hastings is an easy option for a day out. Whether you’re looking for family fun or a romantic day at the seaside for a couple, there’s something for everyone!

Things to Do

When the British weather does us proud, I would definitely recommend wasting some time playing mini golf at Hastings Adventure Golf. If it’s good enough for the World Mini Gold Championships to be held at, the course is good enough for me! It has water features, sound and light effects, shade and is a great price too.

Hastings Adventure Golf
© Hastings Adventure Golf

The beach is meters away, with arcades across the road and refreshments all round. There’s a big car park just next to it or it’s a short walk from the town centre so it’s easily accessible from all areas.

If the weather isn’t on your side, there’s plenty of alternatives too. One of my favourites, especially with children in tow, is the Blue Reef Aquarium. This is again reasonably priced, with a big car park right outside, and right on the beach. The displays have everything from Nemo look a likes to reptiles. There’s even a shark tunnel where one can stand in awe with the tank above them full of life!

Blue Reef Aquarium Hastings
© Blue Reef Aquarium

Tip – buy tickets online ahead of your visit and get them cheaper!

Things to see

If you’re around the mini golf and the aquarium, you’ll be in the area locally known as the “old town”. This area is rich with history and has a great mix of the old and new. George Street (which runs parallel to the main road) is a beautiful small cobbled street that every visitor needs to see!

From art galleries to restaurants, tattoo shops to book shops, there’s something for everyone in George Street! It’s always full of life and is one of the most picturesque streets in the world to me.

Things to Eat

All this walking and sight-seeing is bound to build up an appetite! At almost every turn you will find a fish & chip shop or an ice cream stand. It’s almost mandatory to have a 99 Ice Cream when you’re at the seaside and I fully encourage it. They’re good for the soul.

If you’re after something more substantial, then the Codfather or the Blue Dolphin should be where you go for fish and chips. Beware of the seagulls though if you’re going to takeaway and eat on the beach!

If you’re after something more sophisticated, the Two Bulls Steakhouse is a must. I went with my mum and had the satay beef skewers last year. We couldn’t find a single thing to fault.

Hastings Two Bulls Steakhouse

Travel

If you’re going in a group, the cheapest way to travel is probably by car. With the A21 extension being recently completed, the journey time from London is down to just under 90 minutes. That’s time for only 2 podcasts!

If you’re going it alone or a couple, it might be cheaper for you to get the train. The trainline often do great deals on tickets on certain times of day. Make sure you take a good book or film for the journey as it can take over 2 hours. However, the trains are always clean and air conditioned and there’s a lot of stunning scenery to watch along the way!

Hastings Seafront Selfie

32 Comments

  1. Looks like such a fun place!! A good day trip when visiting London 💕

    1. hollyhoman

      It’s so worth a visit!

  2. Wow! This looks like a great place to visit. I would love to mini-golf here 🙂

    1. hollyhoman

      It’s a great day with the kids for sure!

  3. We loved in London and Surrey for 11 years but never made it to Hastings. Pity as it looks lovely! X

    1. hollyhoman

      It is such a beautiful day / weekend / week away!

  4. Such great ideas! we will visit in summer again – like last year, so I will save this list for then.

    1. hollyhoman

      Please do and send me pictures! I love it so much!

  5. I’m obsessed with all of the history in and around Hastings. I didn’t know there was a Hastings Day but it’s right that there is one with all the rich history of the place.

    1. hollyhoman

      It has such a wicked history. Pirates, invasions, creations (TV), the works!

  6. We visited Hastings in Feb half term. The weather was amazing, in fact thinking back I can’t believe it was winter! We really enjoyed the town and I’d love to return. Good to know your chippy recommendations!

    1. hollyhoman

      Ahh I’m glad my little town treated you well. When the weather is bad, it’s very chilly but it does have beautiful days a lot!

  7. I would love to go to Hastings as I’ve heard it has a colourful history.

    1. hollyhoman

      Hastings has a beautiful history and it’s great fun! It’s especially fun on May Day!

  8. Not been to Hastings before but this looks and sounds like my kind of town, lovely photos you have shared of the place too.

    1. hollyhoman

      Hastings really is wonderful! If you can go on May Day (the first bank holiday in May), Hastings is absolutely crazy and such fun!

  9. Great tip. I do try to buy tickets online as there are a few of us and it can mean a good sized saving. Hasting sounds like a great place for a day trip. The kids would love the aquarium.

    1. hollyhoman

      It’s great for all ages but for kids, the fun is endless!

  10. hannah

    I’ve never been to Hastings, looks like there is plenty to see and do

    1. hollyhoman

      There’s so much more than this – I’ll do a weekend of fun in my next Hastings Post!

  11. I have never visited Hastings – it sounds a lovely place. I will add it my list! Kaz

    1. hollyhoman

      You definitely should, it’s a place to see before you die in my opinion!

  12. We very nearly visited Hastings a few weeks ago when we had our mini baby moon in Eastbourne. Looks like a really fun place to take the kids!

    1. hollyhoman

      Ahh I hope you had a good babymoon!

  13. What an awesome place, excuse me while I go add this to my bucket list!

    1. hollyhoman

      I just hope I make it to 2066 to celebrate the 1000 year anniversary of the battle!

  14. tif

    I would love to be this close to the water like you’re! Looks like a lovely time!! But that food, YUM!!

    1. hollyhoman

      There’s so much to be said for good food!

  15. Kelli

    Hastings sounds amazing!

    1. hollyhoman

      Thanks Kelli I’m glad I’ve highlighted it!

  16. I love Hastings! Not tried the Aquarium though – great tip

    1. hollyhoman

      I hope you go back soon!

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