Battle Abbey and Battlefield

Battle Abbey and Battlefield

Battle Abbey and Battlefield
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Stand at the centre of where England's future was fought. Imagine and discover the stories unfold, brought to life in the exhibition and in audio as you follow the footsteps of the Norman & Saxon soldiers. Watch the compelling film about the Norman invasion, then plan your own attack on the country's most famous battlefield. See the new wood carved sculpture trail around the battlefield, experience the stunning 360 views from the new rooftop viewing platforms, and take your time to explore the monastic ruins. For kids we now also have a new kids natural play area, and a fun kids trail. Make sure you experience the atmosphere for yourself.
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  • Julie B
    Battle, United Kingdom17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dog friendly easy walks
    Having moved to Battle, we have joined English Heritage as we have Battle Abbey on our doorstep. It’s fabulous for doggie walks around the battlefield, the information boards are interesting and there’s a great cafe (also dog friendly). Thanks to all the staff we’ve met so far for being so friendly and welcoming.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 March 2023
  • Jane G
    Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom80 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great day out on Valentines Day with Daughter in law and Granddaughter.
    Full of history. Battle Abbey is worth a visit. The buildings are historic. There is a small interactive educational area in the Gatehouse tower. There is a fantastic viewing point of Battle at the very top. You can walk round the old buildings with a recorded commentary and learn about the Battle that gives the town its name.and about William the Conqueror and his defeat of King Harold’s army in 1066.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 12 March 2023
  • theroline
    Ruislip, United Kingdom222 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect day out. A must visit!
    A great day out with our 8 year old daughter who is currently learning about the battle of Hastings at school. Reasonable price for a family of 4. We picked up the free audio tour just outside reception and followed the instructions. We chose the longer walk around the full battlefield. This is defiantly an easy walk for an 8 year old or slightly younger. Not suitable for buggies. It’s a little wet and muddy if it’s been raining, so ideally have wellies in the winter months or expect to have a little mud on your trainers. ( I managed in just trainers and was ok and they were white .. ) there are designated walkways around the field but grass areas walking back up the hill. I’d you don’t want to take the full tour, you can always tour the grounds like many people do. A cafe and toilets are also available near the entrance. Defiantly a worthwhile day out of you are visiting the area. We have been staying just outside of Rye. Plenty of little places to eat in the high street of battle if you want lunch elsewhere , alternatively you can take a packed lunch as benches everywhere on site. A children’s playground is located near main reception for entertainment after lunch.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 April 2023
  • Bluebellplasnewydd
    Cardiff, United Kingdom1,983 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historical day out
    This site is run by English Heritage and is a fundamental part of British history. There is a commemorative abbey commissioned by William the Conqueror, a battlefield site and walk, a 10 minute film and the usual gift shop and cafe. The abbey is on a number of floors with narrow stone staircases and a view in all directions from the top terrace. There are only a few fragments of artefacts from 1066 but many reproductions of weapons and furniture. The film is informative although exactly how accurately the battle is portrayed will never be known. The battlefield walk is through pleasant countryside with good views of the abbey. There are a number of car parks within a short walk and also behind the entrance to the complex. Battle itself is an ancient town and there is also a museum (not visited). This would be suitable for a day out with children but admission fees are expensive unless you are a member of English Heritage when entrance is free.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 April 2023
  • Richard J
    London, United Kingdom1,664 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Iconic historic location
    A special moment visiting such a n iconic location that looms large in everyone's History lessons. The battlefield walk was closed due to adverse weather conditions but you still had a great view of the battlefield from the Saxon end looking across the valley. The ruins of the Abbey were interesting and atmospheric. A short film and informative display enhanced the visit. Well worth a visit.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 23 April 2023
  • Departure745523
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Battle of Hastings visit
    My child had just done the battle of Hastings oat school so decided to take a trip to the battle sight. Was not disappointed! The battlefield walk with information points was set at the right level. We managed (not by design) to see a story telling of the battle which was fun and entertaining for adults and children alike.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 June 2023
  • Helen C
    Wellington, New Zealand105 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth the time
    A great way to experience this so very important slice of history. Well worth a visit and a wander through such an important part of Britain's history. Easy access and clear explanations at the various stopping points make this a wonderful introduction to the making of Britain
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 June 2023
  • Louise H
    Slough, United Kingdom4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    We visited in May, we had a six year old and a 9 year who loved climbing up and down the stairs exploring every nook and cranny. An 18 year old who loves photography and took hundreds of photos and 2 adults. We spent a good 3 hours exploring the grounds. Well worth a visit. Make sure you find the crypt, the site of King Harold’s death, the cold store and milk store which is near the walled gardens. As it wasn’t well sign posted I may have missed it if the children weren’t exploring. The view from the gate house is beautiful, it’s very narrow and steep in places so not accessible to everyone.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 June 2023
  • Ramona_Joan
    Hereford, United Kingdom41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning historical Site, well worth a visit.
    What a historic beautiful place to visit. Very helpful staff in reception. Car park has disabled spaces but there is still a charge to park. Breathtaking Abbey and lots of interesting information to read about as you tour around the grounds. Heartbreaking to see the Battlefield when you consider how many lives were lost there all those years ago. A very well stocked gift shop, and many school trips visiting the day we went. Well worth a look around and a mobility scooter can be provided to do the tour should someone in the party have walking issues. Exceptional to offer this facility to enable everyone to visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 June 2023
  • Adam H
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing history and lovely staff!
    We had a great afternoon here recently, despite the rain! The staff were so helpful and attentive throughout, really appreciated that. The walk around the site itself is really interesting and we learnt a lot! Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 July 2023
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Debbie B
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Amazing staff amazing setting very cosy and warm .. great afternoon spent with friends staff couldn’t do enough for us ❤️ the food was amazing .. ❤️
Written 19 November 2023
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Heyer100
Bishops Stortford, UK164 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We have visited this site before and this year decided to stay in South Lodge, a cottage on the site of the 1066 battle of Hastings. Unfortunately the extremely wet weather prevented us from exploring the Battlefield Walk. However, South Lodge was a delight. Clean, cosy and beautifully equipped - we had a lovely stay. The broadband is a little sketchy, but everything else was great. The welcome hamper was comprehensive and most enjoyable.
Written 13 November 2023
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Michael L
Eastbourne, UK11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We did the ghost tour Halloween it was brilliantly narrated the story tellers were engaging and brilliant well worth the drive on a dull rainy evening
Written 1 November 2023
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JanC377
Basingstoke, UK294 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
This was so much better than expected - enhanced by some Halloween activities. There was an excellent welcome from a knight ( great role play) and the ruins were much bigger than we thought . We had taken our 5 year old grandchild as she’s studying 1066 and have to say the visitor centre was amazing . We all watched the video and it was informative and kept all the children viewing it engaged . I’m a retired primary teacher and would definitely visit here with a class if I was local .
The walk to the battle field takes you past figures of knights etc.
All volunteers /employees were friendly and the cafe was reasonably priced with good range prices of food .
A great morning out
Written 1 November 2023
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Emily K
West Mersea, UK31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Great day out. We listened to the ghost tour. Lots of great stories that kept the children interested.
The shop at the end had something for everyone too.
Written 29 October 2023
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Iweinvanaalst
Lille, Belgium599 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Battle abbey was constructed by order of William I from 1070 onward on the site of the battle of Hastings. The high altar of the abbey church reportedly stood on the place where Harald perished.

The visit starts with a good ten minute introductory film about the famous battle of Hastings. Afterwards you can wander around a small exposition with tactile screens providings some background about Normans and Saxons and a display of weaponry. Finally you can walk the battleground site with the help of an audioguide and information panels.

The hill occupied by Harald's forces was flattened afterwards for the construction of the abbey and is now riddled with trees. The topography of the site has therefore changed significantly since 1066, making it difficult to locate the various episodes of the battle.

After the dissolution of the monasteries in 1538 Henry VIII granted battle abbey to sir Anthony Browne who demolished the church and part of the cloister and turned the abbot's quarters into a country house. Therefore only foundations remain of the eleventh century church and all the buildings on site are dated thirteenth to sixteenth century.

Because our interest primarilly lay in the battle of Hasting we did not purchase the guidebook of the abbey and equally did not visit the upper floors of the abbey gatehouse. As such we find the entrance price too steep and the experience while pleasant failed to impress us.

Nonetheless, honor and praise to English Heritage for the exemplary upkeep of the site and the kindness of their staff.
Written 22 October 2023
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Nomad33873713061
Kingston-upon-Hull, UK2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
A great family day out. Lots to see and do. Individual audio guides were very useful and informative although we did have some problems with it initially, overall they were very good. A good mix of indoor and outdoor spaces. The battlefield trail with carved wooden sculptures was an enjoyable walk and not too long. Just a pity that a couple of the sculptures were damaged, which was a real shame. Car parking charges were very reasonable and a wander around the town is also worthwhile to explore some nice eateries.
Written 21 October 2023
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Andrew G
27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
This was a visit to the English Heritage 1066 Battle of Hastings Weekend event.
A fantastic day, lots to see and do.
The English Heritage organisation of the event was brilliant, from super friendly and helpful staff, nothing was to much trouble, excellent food concession with plenty of choice.
I have to give a huge round of applause to the staff who looked after the grounds.
There was never a litter bin that was overflowing and the portable toilet's were even clean at the end of the day after hundreds of people using them.
The re'enactors were engaging, informative and should commended.
Bravo English Heritage on a fantastic weekend.
Written 15 October 2023
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pompeygirl1969
Portsmouth, UK25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
I loved this place. I appreciated the numerous information boards around the site. They have audio service too but unfortunately I didn't make use or it. There is lots to see and it brought history to life.
Written 12 October 2023
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Bueno
11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Our second visit to the battlefield and Abbey - many years after the first. Parking was easy (and free with English Heritage membership). The audio guide offered (also free) was very informative and staff were very helpful and friendly. The short walk with stops at the guide boards, was about an hour. The history of the battle and the Abbey was well told. Would take visitors there. Battle is a one-street town with a High Street of coffee shops, a couple of hotels and a beautiful Norman church - well worth a look. Would definitely take visitors to the Abbey and the town.
Written 24 September 2023
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