Hastings Beaches

Hastings Castle, Town and Beach, East Sussex, England
Hastings castle, town & beach, East Sussex © www.en.wikipedia.org

The seaside town of Hastings is located in East Sussex on the south coast of England; the town is an established seaside resort synonymous with popular British holidays by the sea. Hastings's beaches are popular amongst visitors; well known for its pebble and sand beaches, seafront and Hastings Pier.

Hastings is home to numerous beaches which along with its seafront, pier, seaside amusements and attractions offer a choice of entertainment and things to do and se for the whole family. The beaches are popular with families, sun bathers, water sports and outdoor activities enthusiasts.

Quick Facts

Hastings beaches:

Region: South East England

County: East Sussex

Main Settlements close by: Eastbourne, Lewes and the city of Brighton & Hove.


Hastings's beaches are located on England's south coast, the location makes them a convenient and popular destination for those living in London and the surrounding areas in southern England when looking for a trip to the beach. Hastings is home to a number of beaches these include Hastings beach, Hastings Bulverhythe beach and Hastings St Leonards beach, all of which are located fairly close by to one another.

Hastings beach is centrally located and the best known and most visited of the beaches here. Located a short distance from the attractions and facilities available in the town centre. The main Hastings beach includes a promenade with a choice of cafes, eateries and restaurants along with facilities including toilets and deck chair hire. There is plenty to see, do and enjoy on the main beach in Hastings for the whole family, with a range of seaside attractions to enjoy.

Hastings Bulverhythe beach is located a short distance to the west of the main Hastings beach. The beach is a popular one, that is mainly shingle and includes multi coloured beach huts, the Bulverhythe beach has a lower profile amongst visitors to Hastings offering a more relaxed and quieter experience for visitors away from the crowds. There are a number of local cafes, eateries and restaurants offering a choice of food and drink options. The beach is a short walk from West St Leonards railway station.

Hastings St Leonards beach is located between the main Hastings beach and Hastings Bulverhythe beach. The area of St Leonards -On-Sea (known as St Leonards) is part of the town of Hastings although has been described as maintaining it own sense of identity. Located to the west of central Hastings, the town retains elements of its 19th century heritage with historic buildings dating back to the era including elegant town houses. and probably the best known of the beaches here. The beach itself is a shingle beach that includes a promenade with local cafes and restaurants close by.

Hastings includes a number of local attractions including the Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, Hastings Fisherman's Museum and Shipwreck Museum. The town includes a number of parks and open spaces, the largest is Alexandra Park where visitors can find woods, gardens, bandstand, tennis courts and cafes.

Hastings Country Park located to the east of the town covers an area of 660 acres here visitors can find footpaths, nature trails, glens, cliffs and more; the majority of the park is a Special Area of Conservation, Local Nature Reserve and a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

Hastings Castle dates back to the 11th century; the ruined castle has a long and fascinating history. Visitors can tour the castle and see an educational video explaining the history of the castle dating back to the Norman conquest. Hastings is home to a number of historic churches including the Church in the Wood, St Mary Magdalene's Church and Ebenezer Particular Baptist Chapel all of which are historic Grade II listed buildings.


Located in the scenic southern English coast; Hastings beaches is easily assessable from across southern Wales, the Midlands and southern England. From London and much of southern England it is 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes drive by car. From Newcastle, Durham and much of north east England the area is 6 hours to 7 hours by car, from Leeds it is 4 hours 30 minutes to 5 hours by car, from Birmingham and much of the Midlands it is 3 hours 30 minutes to 4 hours 30 minutes. From Liverpool and Manchester it is approx 5 hours to 5 hours 30 minutes.

From Cambridge and much of the East of England it is 2 hours 15 minutes to 3 hours by car. From Cardiff and areas within South Wales it is 3 hours 45 minutes to 4 hours 15 minutes by car.

Tourist Information

The Tourist Information Centre in Hastings is located in the town centre. The Tourist Information Centre provide visitors with useful information, help, advice and tips on the local areas.

The tourist information centres includes knowledgeable staff with valuable local knowledge with information on local attractions, places of interest, things to see and do, along with local advice and tips. A visit to the tourist information centres provides a good first port of call for visitors helping to better plan and organise trips in and around the local area. At the centres visitors can find out about local events, public transport options and accommodation facilities.

Local Accommodation

Local Accommodation includes a choice of hotels that include historic and contemporary hotels, local B & B’s, Inns, Guest Houses, Self Catering houses, holiday homes and cottages catering for a range of budgets. There are a choice of hotels offering great sea front views. Local accommodation is available in the Hastings, Eastbourne, Lewes and Brighton.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Local Cities and Towns include the towns of Eastbourne, Lewes and the city of Brighton and Hove, the local facilities, amenities, transport links and accommodation available mean they are popular places for visitors to base themselves from when visiting the south coast of England.

The seaside town of Eastbourne is located 17 miles to the west of Eastbourne in East Sussex. The famous Eastbourne seafront include a shingle and sand beach along with seafront restaurants, beach huts and amusements. Eastbourne Pier is one of the best known Victorian piers. The Eastbourne Bandstand hosts in excess of 100 concerts each year, including traditional, proms, fireworks and kids concerts. Other local attractions include the Redoubt Fortress, Eastbourne Lifeboat Museum & Shop and Treasure Island Outdoor Theme Park.

Beachy Head cliffs are the highest chalk sea cliff in the UK, located at the western end of the seafront in Eastbourne, visitors can explore the Beachy Head Countryside Centre, the Lighthouse and Beachy Head Pub. Visitors can enjoy a boat trip to the Beachy Head Light House. The area is a favourite destination for television and films drawn to the scenic natural beauty of the area.

The town of Lewes is located 28 miles to the west of Hastings in East Sussex. Historically a market town, Lewes is the county town of East Sussex and is also within the South Downs National Park. Natural sites include the Lewes Downs, a site of biological interest and Lewes Brooks and Southerham Works Pit that are Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

Local attractions include Lewes Castle dating back to the 11th century, Lewes Priory, Anne of Cleves House dating back to the 15th century, the house includes a number of collections of furniture and a range of artefacts.

Lewes Farmers' Market is held on the first and third Saturdays of each month. The market includes covered market stalls of local producers selling a range of fine local produce including fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, preserves and hot food; there are around 40 local producers at the market.

The town centre in Lewes is noted for its historic architecture with a number of preserved historic buildings evident, the town includes a choice of shops including a number of independent and specialist retailers with a choice of cafes, bars and restaurants.

The city of Brighton & Hove is located 35 miles to the west of Hastings in East Sussex. The famous Brighton seafront is among the best known in the UK and includes a shingle and sand beach along with seafront restaurants, amusements and entertainment. Historic Brighton Pier is one of the most famous piers in the UK well known for its assortment of attractions including traditional seaside amusements, the Grade II listed building includes a number of thrill rides, traditional rides including dodgems and kids rides and number of traditional seaside stalls, amusement arcades, bars and a number of eateries.

Brighton Seafront includes traditional seaside shops and a number of artists studios, the area is home to a number of sea front restaurants serving a choice of cuisines. The club scene in Brighton is well established; there are a choice of clubs on the seafront and in the city attracting clubbers from Brighton and beyond.

Brighton Marina is located a short walk to the east of Brighton Central beach; here visitors with find a number of yacht, boats and opportunities for sailing trips. Local entertainment in the marina includes cinema, casino, bowling and a choice of cafes, quayside bars and restaurants; there is also outlet shopping at the venue.

Hove beach is located a short walk to the west of Brighton Central beach. Hove beach has an altogether calmer and quieter feel than Brighton Central beach with a noticeably more laid back atmosphere making it an ideal place for visitors keen to get away from the crowds. The beach has shingle and is famous for its colourful beach huts.

How to Get There

Hastings beaches is accessible by both car and public transport.

By Car:

Hastings's beaches are located just under 70 miles from central London via the A23, M25 and A21. The approx journey time is 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes depending on traffic, route and time of day.

By Train:

From London Charing Cross and London Cannon Street stations there are regular services to Hastings train station. The journey time is approx 1 hour 50 minutes to 2 hours depending on service, connections and time of day.

By Bus/Coach:

There are regular coaches available from London Victoria Coach station to Hastings Coach Station. The approx journey time is 2 hours 35 minutes to 3 hours depending on connections, time of day and traffic. Coach services to Hastings Coach Station are provided by National Express


For Local Search and Directions see: Hastings beaches Map

Tips & Other Considerations

The weather and climate can be unpredictable across the UK, there can be elements of all four seasons in one day. Ensure you check the weather forecast before you travel and have the correct clothing and footwear including appropriate footwear, raincoat and umbrella.

Follow travel advice and remain alert, vigilant and aware of your belongings at all times especially your wallet/purse and valuables and ensure they are hidden away from public view. If you have a bag try to use a shoulder bag with a good quality, strong strap, that is put across your shoulder not on your shoulder making it more difficult for anyone to take your bag.

If you are travelling by car to Hastings in East Sussex ensure you are well prepared with maps and Sat Nav to aid your journey, particularly if you are not familiar with the local area and roads. Use the journey planner for door to door directions. Check traffic updates before you travel.

If you are looking for car parking in and around the beach and surrounding areas, ensure you fully understand the rules, regulations & charges for car parks and street parking. The rules & regulations can be complex & confusing if you are unclear, it is wise not to park there.

If you are travelling by public transport, check for service updates prior to beginning your journey for any delays, disruption or cancellations to services that may impact on your journey. Ensure you have the service timetables for the trains, trams, buses and coaches. Remember when the last services are and ensure you make it to the train/bus/coach stops well in time to avoid missing the service.

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