This is my last post about East Sussex for awhile, I promise! But before I stop, I wanted to share with you some of Hastings Castle and what Hastings looks like from above. Also, let it be known, I am weirdly obsessed with seaside funicular cliff lifts. I always insist on riding the cliff lift when I’m in Scarborough, and when I found out that you could get to the Castle via the west cliff railway lift there was no talking me out of it.
Before William the Conqueror went on to defeat Harold at the Battle of Hastings in Battle, he built this castle stronghold. 200 years later, ferocious storms caused the soft cliff face to erode and whole walls fell into the sea. Then when King Henry VIII commissioned the destruction of the monasteries, Hastings Castle was in dire shape. By the 1800’s the ruins of the castle had become completely buried and overgrown, but was excavated when Hastings boomed as a holiday town. During WWII, Hastings was heavily bombed so there were anti-aircraft guns placed among the castle’s ruins.
We also sat through the 20 minute film about Hastings Castle, that was equal parts cheesy and informative. (Well, maybe more on the cheesy side, but I can appreciate a good bit of kitsch.)
Tickets to Hastings Castle are £4.50.