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“A must-see.”

Battle Abbey and Battlefield
Ranked #2 of 15 things to do in Battle
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

This has been on our must visit list for a while and was one of the main reasons we signed up for membership with English Heritage. Parking is £1 for members (£4.50 for non members) and is located 2 minutes from the main gates.

As other reviewers have mentioned, it's well worth grabbing the audio guide as you enter -- it's actually really well done compared to other audio guides I've come across and really helps bring the place to life.

Was slightly worried about getting around with a 6 week old baby but most of the grounds are pushchair friendly.

So glad we finally got the chance to visit Battle Abbey and Battlefield, it was every bit as fascinating as we had anticipated and we will definitely return!

Thank Ben-and-Yasmin
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Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

For those of you that hanker for a day trip from London that is historically significant, Battle is the place to go. What a great place for the history buff or for a family outing. This place is wide open so let junior loose. Make sure you pick up an audio guide at the entrance when you pay. Well worth it.

Thank Douglas A
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Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

We arrived and the sun was shining, so we went up onto the roof while the sun shone. Lovely views, lots of useful information, fantastic things for children to do. The audio guide was really good as we walked around. Well worth the trip.

Thank Joan G
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Reviewed 10 September 2017

Having been to Hastings and found little of historical importance arriving at Battle was a welcome reprieve. Although the Abbey is a 15-minute walk from the train station the route is well sign-posted. The site is well looked after and even without the audioguide the signs give enough information about the battle on the terrain. It is nice that most of the battlefield was preserved from construction and accessible. Gives a real perspective of the medieval war-fare and the abbey later on. It would be nice if more was done to display the armaments, clothing and items of wear of the time.

Thank ChoosyFox
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Reviewed 10 September 2017

If the weather is good and you fancy a walk on the "Battle site", then this can be a good place to visit. The abbey buildings themselves, supposedly started by the Normans to commemorate the fallen at the battle of Hastings (Hmmm....) are a variety of complete sections and ruins. Henry VIII, who wasn't into conservation that much, did his usual thing there and therefore a lot of the abbey itself is reduced to a footprint in the grass although there are some substantial ruins left. The trouble is, it just isn't that interesting. There is not much in the way of displays and therefore you are left to wander around old structures whose architecture is probably better appreciated in 1000 little churches in the area.
The info boards are quite interesting and in good order (unlike some other English Heritage sites I wont mention.....Oh, OK, Old Sarum) but annoyingly there were a couple that were clearly pointing at the wrong thing. For instance the board describing the ruined dormitory building was actually directly facing the old 18th century dairy. The dorms were off to the left by a considerable distance. You obviously could turn your head and see both building and info board, but it seemed a silly error and then made you query every other board you came across that described something no longer visible.
At the centre of the abbey site is very large building that looked as if it could be very interesting but it is a private school and not open to viewing. Shame. It's a bit like being invited to a buffet and told you can't have any of the steak from the middle of the table.
With regards to the cost, we have English Heritage membership cards and so entry and parking was free. I know the parking cost was an issue for some of the reviewers, but the card is worth its weight in gold. I'd also point out that we noticed that the car park was full (closed signs were put up) at about 11:00 on the day we went and I have no idea where one would park in the town itself.
It's OK but don't expect a full on Norman Conquest experience.

Thank Steve H
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