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“Nice hilltop castle”
Review of Hastings Castle

Hastings Castle
Ranked #16 of 66 things to do in Hastings
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Owner description: The first castle built by William the Conqueror in 1067 now shows a 20-minute program called "The 1066 Story."
Littlehampton, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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“Nice hilltop castle”
Reviewed 25 August 2014

Nice, very old castle remains. Great if you're interested in buildings, as I am, but probably shouldn't be top of your list if you're not. Nevertheless, a very interesting place to take children and learn the history of it.

Visited August 2014
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“Mixed Feelings”
Reviewed 14 August 2014

I have been to Hastings Castle many times in the past and this year we had the opportunity to take our boys ages 9 and 14 to see it. I was a bit disappointed, although, not sure what has changed. So here are some thoughts and they are not complaints, just more statements and observations.

The entry is cash only - you can buy multiple visit tickets, but only if you plan to do the Smuggler's caves AND the aquarium, as well as the castle. We did visit the caves (see review), but did not get the multi site ticket.

The young men that work in the booth are very knowledgeable about the castle and the grounds - so feel free to ask questions, this will help you to get a bit more out of your visit. There isn't really a guidebook or a gift shop with information about the castle so you are a bit stuck there. There are no signs to read throughout the ruins, so again, you are not quite sure what you are looking at. However....they do have a movie that you can watch, I believe it's called the 1066 experience. It's nice and worth watching. It is filled with information, but probably more useful to watch it before you walk around the grounds, however, that is not always an option as you have to watch it when there is a showing. When we tried to come out there was a HUGE group standing in line to get in and no one wanted to move out of the way - so it would be helpful if they had an IN and an OUT, but they don't, so just bare that in mind.

To get to the castle, you either have to take the mountain car (which I can't think what it is called - it is fun to ride in, but the windows don't open and on a hot day...it's sweltering inside of the cars, but you do have to pay a round trip to get up and down the mountain. You can walk, but it is UPHILL all of the way and a long journey. If you travel by car or coach, you can drive up to the car park. I believe there is also a local bus that will take you up there too if you want to travel by bus.

We spent barely an hour there and probably only spent an hour because both of my boys had to go to the bathroom and they took a while - haha. They had the most fun going down into the dungeon, listening to the ghost stories from the kiosk worker and running up and down the hill.

If you have never been, it's worth a visit, just know going in, it is what it is.

There is a restaurant on top of the hill and an ice cream truck. The restaurant is nice, but pricey (see review), the ice cream truck is SUPER pricey!

Visited July 2014
3 Thank travelwitch
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Not worth it”
Reviewed 13 August 2014

Very disappointed not worth the money this is not a "castle" this is the ruins it's badly advertised it's really not worth it to see a few rocks

Visited August 2014
Thank Vicki J
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“Not worth the money”
Reviewed 8 August 2014

One wall and no roof does not represent value for the £14.20 family ticket. Better off visiting the lifeboat station for free and spending the money in their shop.

Visited August 2014
2 Thank Moles25
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“well worth a visit”
Reviewed 3 August 2014

Looking from afar you would be mistaken for thinking the entrance cost was expensive in comparison for what seems on offer, the demonstaration however makes it very worthwhile, a film which explains very simply the history of the castle and hastings and why the castle became the ruins they are !

Visited July 2014
Thank familystayer
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