Smugglers Adventure
Smugglers Adventure
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Deep in the heart of Hastings West Hill lies the Smugglers Adventure, acres of caverns that conceal the thrilling history of smugglers, bootleggers and warring bloodthirsty gangs. Visitors can explore the labyrinth of secret tunnels and passages and discover the dangers and hardships faced by Sussex smugglers in the eighteenth century.More than 70 life-size characters, interactive displays, eerie lighting and sound effects and dramatic recreations bring this mysterious and often bloody world vividly to life.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Youthworkerlu
    117 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great family activity
    We had a great hour or so in the caves. It's obviously quite far down and quite dark, and a bit cold. But it's got little lights to guide you. There's a fair amount of talk parts on technology or film. There's a fair amount for kids to touch or get involved in. There's a huge amount to learn about the smugglers in the caves. There are toilets in the main part of the cave which I thought was quite clever. There's a photo opportunity at the end which will cost you £9 in the shop if you want to purchase it. We chose not to do the 3in1 ticket but the reviews of this place are good and we're glad that we went. A good shout for a windy and rainy day. Really easy to find and there's free parking on the roads higher up. Great views as you walk down to the cave entrance from the top.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 August 2023
  • Bazsarah
    Hastings, United Kingdom57 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Come on Smugglers DO BETTER!!
    Person on desk should be dressed as a smuggler. Give it some ambience and sense of occasion. Start the tour off with a quick acting talk by a staff member pretending to be a smuggler make it more interactive and give it some theatre before you even enter! Too dark to see anything as you firstly walk in before your eyes adjust. Just stood in a dark room for too long once you enter the first room, (lucky we took torches!) could do with floor lighting to guide the way. Kids were crying terrified as they were just in complete darkness. Lots of the interactive gadgets didn’t work at all which is a shame. Tired and out dated lazy displays. Hastings has some really exciting history and honestly this just felt a little tiresome, too much reading not enough show! It’s very expensive for what it is. AND Finally the gift shop was an actual embarrassment! Half empty and the stuff there was a joke. London souvenirs and gifts that. have obviously brought up from the aquarium gift shop! Where were the swords and eye patches, the smugglers dressing up gifts, badges with I love smugglers on it anything would have been better than the rubbish on display! Such a waste of an exciting opportunity to celebrate time in our history that could be fantastic day out! Come on Hastings DO BETTER!!!!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 August 2023
  • Claire C
    27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great fun for all ages
    We went as a family the youngest 8 and the oldest 53 while on holiday, it was very well done. Full of history but in a fun way that captures everyone, learning while not even realising it. There was lots of things to interact with from the stocks to racing ships across the ocean smuggling things and lifting guns. Recommended for the whole family as long as you are able to manage the steps and uneven flooring.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 May 2024
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Emma P
5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
We've only been on quiet days so far, so can only attests to what we've seen but we've felt really safe here with the regulations. The staff are lovely and chatty and we were clearly told about distancing expectations etc on arrival. My only criticism is that the toilets should be open: if you're sending customers to another location that also has to ensure cleaning measures you could hire staff to clean the toilets regularly so they're open considering the entrance fee. Otherwise a great day out.
Written 31 August 2020
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Crennoldson
4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
We were in the area for a couple of days and pre booked tickets for the caves. We arrived at 2pm to a big queue. At 2.30pm we were told by a member of staff that it was unlikely we would get in and that we could have a full refund if we emailed them using the email address on our confirmation email. We have contacted the firm numerous times since and had no response. Pre booked tickets do not give you priority and it seems they will not refund you even though they said they would. If you're thinking of visiting do not pre book.
Written 1 September 2020
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Lee
Liverpool, UK695 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
We booked our tickets online in advance and we could just turn up without specifying a time. It was really hard to find and the sat nav on our phone got us lost. There were numerous steps to climb and it wasn’t very accessible to locate. Once inside, we passed a pleasant hour but I have been to similar attractions that had done better
Written 27 February 2021
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Rebecca D
5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
We went to the smugglers adventure after purchasing the 3in1 ticket from the blue reef aquarium and being a bit disappointed in there we hoped the caves would be a lot better. We all thoroughly enjoyed our time within this attraction and would definitely go back again. The only thing I could complain about was the state of the baby changing facility it was dirty and we decided not to use it.
Written 21 August 2021
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Sally T
10 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
The entrance cost for 2 adults and 3 children was £40. I say 3 children but one of my kids is over 12 so you have to pay an adult fee. What was also outrageous was that students get a discount (measly 50p) but kids over 12 who are at school don't, unless they have a student card. No child at school has a student card!

I'd say the experience was probably worth at most £3 adults and £2 children. It's like something from the seventies.

It spoilt an otherwise great day at Hastings.

Avoid.
Written 7 September 2020
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Hi Sally, Thanks for your review. I'm sorry to hear you didn't like it. Best wishes, Freddie
Written 30 October 2020
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Cazra
London, UK81 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
The views from outside are amazing and walkable to the town or using the lift.
For the experience it’s over priced and very lacklustre. Many interactive games were not operational I assume due to Covid and some voice or noise buttons for the displays were broken or missing. We were expecting some ‘real life smugglers’ to welcome us to the caves or at least be present underground for a more interactive experience. The video was informative however it did have a close up (in a satirical smuggler drawing) of a penis snuggled in a woman’s bosum. It could have been edited out or a different picture used...but inappropriate for young children.
There was a lot to read and we did learn some new things about smugglers and local stories and we did get a scare ( won’t give it away ) close to the end of the experience.

There should be more visible signs warning about lack of lighting, slopes in the dark and a section where adults have to stoop through a narrow cave.

The staff were super helpful and friendly and the gift shop was well stocked with some fun items which we purchased.

Overall we were glad we went but it was a bit expensive - £25 for two adults and 1 child.

If you go make sure you take a torch!
Written 1 September 2020
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Julia
Greater London, UK254 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
The Smugglers Adventure was an interesting way to find out about the history of the area. Mannequins and audio displays are set up which tell the history of smuggling in the area. It also gives some information about how this place was used in WW2 and some of the local ghostly presences.

It's self guided and you can go at your own pace, with plenty of room for social distancing. The caves are dark but, with the lighting present, you'll have no trouble working out where you need to go next (and it would be difficult to get lost). There are some low ceilings to. I'm about 165cm and had to bend right over to get through one area. However, I'm also claustrophobic but wasn't bothered by that, in there.
Written 5 August 2020
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juliaandadam123
Ashford, UK1,866 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
As you may guess, my biggest bugbear is that they have shut the toilets, in the name of Covid? We have visited many tourist attractions over the summer and this is the only place we have found with no toilets!
Having just walked down into the entrance we found the first sign saying the toilets were shut. This is when our child decided she needed it before going in. The nearest toilets were right back over the hill where we had just come from!!! Off we go, then on our return are told ‘sorry the caves are at capacity you will need to wait.’ I am just grateful our child isn’t any younger and none of us have major bladder/bowel issues. This did put a dampener on the visit, but the caves itself were good to look around and learn about the history of smuggling. There were some places that got a bit crowded and many touch/feel attractions shut, but that is to be expected under the current climate.
Written 21 August 2020
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Elz
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Family
My 7 year old enjoyed it on the whole but it really needs updating. I went as a child in the early 00's and I don't think any of the displays have been updated in all that time. "interactive" activities are few and far between and still basic (and glitchy) tasks on really outdated PC software. I managed to find a kids go free deal on KidsPass which was lucky otherwise I'd have been really annoyed paying around £20 for the two of us. Not worth the price if you pay the full entrance fee.
Written 14 February 2023
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Louisena
79 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
We had been onto their website prior to our visit and were satisfied with their description of how they were Covid-19 ready.

However when we arrived there was a long queue of people stretching down towards the entrance all crammed together for a long wait, on a very narrow path with absolutely zero social distancing in place.

In this queue, absolutely nobody was wearing a mask, nobody was standing apart from each other and there were no signs up at all to say please wear a mask from this point onwards. There were no markings on the floor of this path to encourage the queue of people to stand apart from each other and queue was naturally full of overexcited kids on holiday shouting and jumping.
If you are trying to visit places that are Covid-19 responsible, please avoid this place.
Written 26 August 2020
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