This charming market town grew up around Battle Abbey and takes its name from the famous battle between England’s would be rulers William Duke of Normandy and the Saxon King Harold. On 14th October 1066, this area witnessed the most celebrated confrontation to take place on English soil – the Battle of Hastings, an event so significant it completely changed the course of English history.
Following the battle William the Conqueror built Battle Abbey – a penance ordered by the Pope for the loss of life incurred in the conflict. Today you can visit the famous English Heritage site 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield and experience the battle through dramatic film, audio tours, interactive exhibits and walking the battlefield.
The town subsequently spread beyond the Abbey walls and today offers a diverse mix of attractions, galleries and restaurants waiting to be discovered and enjoyed.
Travelling to Battle
From London Charing Cross, London Bridge and Waterloo East, 75 minutes (Southeastern)
From London Victoria and Gatwick Airport (Change at St Leonards/Hastings for Battle on Southern)
From Ashford International (Eurostar – change at Hastings for Battle)
Battle is on the A2100 off the A21.
Battle is 90 minutes from both Gatwick Airport and Dover ferry port.
Renown Coaches 95, 355; Stagecoach 304, 305 & 384; Battle Community Transport B67, B73, B75, B79