Battle Abbey and Battlefield

Battle Abbey and Battlefield

Battle Abbey and Battlefield

Battle Abbey and Battlefield
4.5
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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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Denis Toh
Sibu, Malaysia21 contributions
A historical landmark in England
Dec 2020
This was my first trip to Battle Abbey with my wife, and we were not disappointed. But, the entry fee was rather steep. 15 quid if I'm not mistaken.

There are several walking tours of varying lengths to cater for everyone. Start with the short introductory film, which really sets the scene, then move on to the battlefield tour. We did the full tour of the battlefield, which took just over an hour, at a leisurely pace.

After we were done with the tour. We took a stroll in the gardens. We also climbed to the top of the gatehouse to feast our eyes with breathtaking sceneries.

Highly recommended if you have extra quids to spare.
Written 30 November 2021
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Jenna L
Kendal, UK125 contributions
Well worth a trip
Nov 2021 • Family
Lovely outing and the free audio tour and helpful staff made a fun day. Even with covid restrictions lots of things to keep young daughter entertained
Written 21 November 2021
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David K
Worthing, UK1,497 contributions
Battle Abbey and Battlefield
Oct 2021
Got off at Battle station and walked 10 mins to site, Where i was greeted by a lovely lady who showed me what to see and do, Paid £14 per adult to get in (Oct 2021 prices) and with my map & Audio Guide i took off to Battle. I first visited the Tower and climbed up to the top and got great views of the Sussex countryside and as you go up you can visit a couple of floors with information on how the monks lived and worked at the Abbey. I then started my Long walk(There is a short walk as well ) round the battlefield stopping every time i came to a information board to use my audio guide, Fascinating how William used a clever tactic to break the English defence, It was hilly and muddy but well worth actually seeing battlefield and what condition's were like, As i made my way nearer the Abbey i went to see the Walled garden. Got back to the main entrance and visited the Visitors Centre where you can watch a short film about the battle and see many artifacts on show. Next to it was the cafe and the toilets. 1066 was a pivotal moment in English history and to actually see the battlefield was a tremendous privilege, Well worth a visit .
Written 7 November 2021
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Ben A
8 contributions
Fascinating to be on the battlefield
Oct 2021
Loads to see and lots of history to soak up. Fantastic to walk around the site of the battle and the information points and video (in the Discovery Centre) really bring the battle to life. Had good trails to keep the kids entertained too.
It's definitely more Battle Abbey than Battlefield of Hasting and would loved to have seen more artefacts and heard more stories from the battle.
Written 27 October 2021
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westhead63
Isle of Wight, United Kingdom110 contributions
A must see if you're in the area.
Oct 2021 • Family
We arrived at the Abbey & were welcomed by a very informative member of staff, who told us where everything was on a map & gave our kids some paperwork for them to "re-enact" the battle through some challenges. We strolled round and took all the information in, we thought the exhibition by the cafe was very interesting. Our kids loved their little challenges round the site & they enjoyed looking out for them. We sat & had a snack in the orchard which was lovely. Before we left we walked up the steps to the top of the tower & took in the views of Battle & the surrounding area which is definitely worth doing. Definitely worth the trip as there is so much history, you can do a short or long walk round the site, we decided to do the short walk as that was where the kids challenges were, however there is no reason why you couldn't do both walks if you wished.
Written 27 October 2021
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Lottie
Essex, UK11 contributions
Steeped in History
Sep 2021 • Family
It was a lovely (half) day out walking around the battlefield and abbey. Its not completely pram friendly so I would recommend a carrier (we did the 'long walk'). It's a lovely walk around but not much for children of a young age so would recommend for adults or if the children are particually interested in history.
Written 23 October 2021
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Kenneth F
Birchington, UK49 contributions
Pleasant afternoon with our dog
Oct 2021 • Couples
What a lovely afternoon out .
Nice to be able to take the dog too .
Staff all pleasant and polite .
Great walks around the Abbey and battlefield.
Good facilities cafe/toilets .
Overal a pleasant visit .
Would advise to arrive early even with a booked time slot the car park was full up with people looking for spaces .
Written 14 October 2021
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Adrian P
London, UK402 contributions
The good and the bad. Go Team Norman!
Oct 2021 • Couples
We visited for the 955th anniversary of the famous battle that gave the town its name.
Pluses and constructive negatives to this one I think. Firstly, let’s get the negatives out of the way.

1. It’s incredibly expensive, yes I know the money (supposedly) goes back into maintaining the site but even with a student discount, it’s still way beyond a lot of people, unfortunately probably the very people who would appreciate the education. In addition, the guy presenting the event constantly tried to upsell plastic swords, shields etc. The cafe was also a bit overpriced for the basic fare that it offered (1 tea, 1 lemonade and a Saxon cake = £7.55)

2. Future battle reenactments and events in the main arena could be improved massively by perhaps having organised seating or at least organised areas. I’m very short and I was unable to see a lot of the battle and the falcon displays due to rude people pushing in front of me waving selfie sticks.

Now for the positives.

1. The guy presenting and doing the commentary was good! (Aside from the constant cross sell of plastic tat) He made the battle come alive. Glad to say my side (Team Norman) won!

2. Both bird of prey displays were fascinating and had me vaguely considering chucking in my career as a probation officer to become a hawker!

3. We were lucky with the weather but it really is a beautiful site and they somehow managed to keep it mostly pretty clean considering the huge number of people present.

4. The cafe while not being particularly imaginative had a nice little nod to the theme with a ‘Saxon cake’ from the era. Tiny bit over priced at £2.60 but interesting and tasty.

Overall, I think we’ll be back next year. It would be nice if they could sort out the viewing problems though.
Written 9 October 2021
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Sennon Legend
Chester, UK20 contributions
Battle Abbey
Sep 2021 • Family
A great historic venue. Well laid out interior displays, with informative literature. Friendly informative staff. Great cafe and shop facilities
Written 21 September 2021
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Andy G
Leighton Buzzard, UK39 contributions
Battle Abbey
Sep 2021 • Friends
A fantastic day out. Take a chance to use the audio guide, it's a great way to guide you around the whole site. Take time to do the battlefield walk (strong shoes recommended if wet)
Written 10 September 2021
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