|East Sussex, England, about 5 miles (8 km) inland from Hastings and is the aptly-named site of the Battle of Hastings, fought between Harold, King of England and William (the Conqueror), Duke of Normandy in 1066. The association with the famous battle, and the abbey built on its site, attract thousands of visitors each year.
The small town of Battle is literally built around the memories of the fateful battle on 14 October 1066, when Anglo-Saxon England fell to the Norman conquerors, determining the direction of the country for centuries to come.
Battle is reached by road by turning off the A21 onto the A2100 (OS Map 199; reference TQ 749157).
Battle train station is situated on the main line between London Charing Cross and Hastings.
Local bus services are available from the station and in the village centre. They serve the surrounding countryside, usually terminating in Hastings, and are less efficient means of getting in and out of Battle than by car or rail.
Battle has a quaint, historic High Street that hosts some nice boutique style small shops and a few convenience stores. There are also a number of antique shops, florists, barbers/hair stylists and small art galleries, interspersed with good pubs and a fish and chips shop. For clothes shopping, electronics and brand stores, Hastings is the nearest larger town catering to these criteria.