Recommended Reviews for Hastings Castle
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Review from Steve G.
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I'm a sucker for medieval history in England, and in particular castles. A recent visit to the South coast saw me head to Hastings Castle for the first time.
You can walk up to it, or take the West Hill Cliff Railway (a vertical, carved into the cliff railway built by the Victorians). Even if you are feeling fit you should plump for the railway to experience another of England's historical gems.
Don't go expecting a fully fledged castle - what you have at Hastings are a series of fairly spaced out ruins. The most complete remains are the dungeons at the entrance, and are well worth a walk into as even on a hot day they are pretty cold, grim and eery. The castle became ruins for a number of reasons, but principally because of a)time, b)Henry VIII's sacking of monasteries, c)WWII bombing and d)coastal erosion. Indeed, if you want to see the spectacular results of unchecked coastal erosion over the last century or so then a visit to these ruins will tell you a lot. Over half the castle has been lost, and the vast majority of that is over the last 100 or so years.
So, if it's ruins, why 5 stars? As I said, I'm a sucker for it all anyway, but to stand among the stones and look out over the channel it is virtually impossible to not allow your mind to wander back all those years, and to appreciate the past and present of this sceptered isle. Also, it gives you a perspective on the future, particularly with regard to the continual erosion we are facing.
There is a large 'siege tent' (or portacabin) in the middle of the ruins where you can watch a film about Hastings and adjoining towns in the '1066 story' - worth a watch if you've taken the time to go up there.
The entrance fee helps preserve what remains of the castle, and as long as you accept that is what you are paying for, rather than a glimpse of a magnificently kept castle, you won't be disappointed.
Review from Cheryl P.
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Hastings, East Sussex
It's one of those things you really should go and see if you're in Hastings but as castles go, there's not much left so it's nothing to write home about. For example, Bodiam Castle or even Pevensey Castle is much more impressive as a building but they don't have the historical value of Hastings Castle. The audiovisual show will keep the kids interested for a while but within an hour tops, you'll have had enough !
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It may not seem like much on first inspection but it is covered in history - the 1066 story is definitelly worth watching (15-minute documentary). The views are amazing on a clear day. And who knows, you may spot a pirate ship, too. You can get up there by a little funicular or walk up the hill from the main square.