Hastings is a seaport in the county East Sussex in the south of England on the “Street of Dover”. The city is famous for its fish-industry and the net shops, where the fishers put up their nets to dry them.

A very important event in England happened near the town:

The Battle of Hastings; and you can visit “Hastings Castle” which was built by William of Normandy a few days after the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

Other attractions in Hastings are the Lifeguard’s Museum, the Fishermen’s Museum near the harbour, the pier (although it has burnt down in 2010) and the Smuggler’s Caves, where many smugglers tried to hid tons of tea, coffee, alcohol, sugar and tobacco from Africa, South America and Asia (the products came via France mostly).

I like the buildings in Hastings and the seafront where you can have a great view of the sea and Hastings Castle. First, I thought that Hastings was a bigger city than it is, but all in all, I find Hastings is a charming town.

Licinia, 9e




  Another way to experience history

Our first day in Hastings was a historical day. So the day started with a visit of Hastings Castle. The castle does not look like a real castle anymore it is just a ruin which was built by the Normans under their new king of England William the Conqueror, in 1066. It was destroyed by bad weather because parts of it fell down together with the sandstone cliffs on which it was built. Also Henry VIII destroyed parts of the castle especially the cathedral. During the reformation he wanted to get divorced from his first wife that is why he broke down most catholic churches.

Already the way up to the Hastings Castle was an adventure itself: First we had a great view of the city and the endless sea from the cliffs at sunset but then the part of the pathway to the ruin suddenly stank like hell and within a few seconds we knew why. But it was already too late. One of us had already stepped in dog waste! What a really funny start of the day! At noontime we did a rally in Hastings Old Town in little groups of four students which gave us some information about our surroundings. We had to ask some town folks to get the answers to the questions but the people there were all really nice and were sad when they could not help us!

After answering all questions we took a train to Battle. It’s a small village near Hastings, with 6000 citizens only, founded on the old Battlefields, around the Priory “St. Martin’s Abbey” which was built in 1095, after William the Conqueror once won the fight against Harold II. Our visit showed us the totally destroyed church where we could find the memorial stone which once had been the altar that shows the place where Harold II had been killed. The cloister is in a bad condition today, but it has a wonderful landscape which we were allowed to discover in small groups. It’s barely possible to imagine that this had once been a battlefield where thousands of men lost their lives because it seems to be one of the most peaceful places in the world right now. In a small museum we saw some old weapons, like a chain mail, shields and a map of the priory. Afterwards we watched a short film about the legend of Battle Abbey and the Battle itself. This afternoon we learned so much about history and saw so many beautiful landscapes, that we nearly forgot the village of Battle. So finally we had a short walk through the village before we went back to Hastings.

 Written by Roxanne Anhäuser and Kathrin Loges

Bilder zur Hastingsfahrt sind in der Bildergallerie unter Hastings 2012 zu finden.