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Hastings (England)

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'''Hastings''' [http://www.visithastings.com] is a seaside town in [[East Sussex]], in the [[South East (England)|South East]] of [[England]].
 
[[Image:Hastingsfrom east hill.JPG‎|thumb|400px|View of Hastings from the East Hill]]
==Understand==
Hastings is most famous for the battle that took place there in 1066 between King Harold's English and William the Conqueror's Normans. The town lent its name to the battle...although the battle actually took place in nearby [[Battle]] (  The town grew from its medieval origins into a Victorian seaside resort, and the majority of all places)the town's architecture dates from this period. Today, along with [[St Leonards on Sea]], Hastings forms a fairly large urban area on the south coast of around 100,000 inhabitants.
Nestled between the rugged beauty of the East and West Hills, the town's main attraction is the medieval Old Town, with its narrow passageways, antique shops, boutiques, cafe's and Europe's largest beach-side fishing fleet. The town grew also boasts a hill-top castle, two funicular railways, the Georgian church of St. Mary's in the Castle, 18th-century fishing net shops, and access to Hastings Country Park--a 660-acre area of woodland glens, beaches and cliff-top views. Away from its medieval origins into the Old Town, Hastings largely retains the character of a Victorian seaside resort, with seafront squares, grand Victorian facades, elegant parks, and a pier. However, the majority of town suffered from the post-war decline in the towns architecture dates from this period. Todayseaside tourist industry in England, along with [[St Leonards on Sea]]and, Hastings forms a fairly large urban while there has been significant recent investment in regenerating the area on , parts of the south coast of around 100,000 inhabitantsseafront certainly have seen better days.
Nestled between the rugged beauty of the East and West Hills, the [[Image:Hastings old town's main attraction is the medieval Old Town, with its narrow passage.JPG‎|thumb|250px|Narrow passageways, antique shops, boutiques, cafe's and europe's largest beachside fishing fleet. The town also boasts a hill-top castle, two funicular railways, the georgian church of st mary's in the castle, 18th century net shops, and access to Hastings Country Park - a 660 acre area area of woodland glens, beaches and cliff top views. Away from the Old Town, old Hastings largely retains the character of a Victorian seaside resort, with seafront squares, grand Victorian facades, elegant parks and a pier. However, the town suffered from the post war decline in the seaside tourist industry in England and while there has been significant recent investment in regenerating the area, parts of the seafront remain faded and run down.]]
==Get in==
==See==
 
[[Image:Hastings countrypark 2.JPG‎|thumb|250px|Hastings Country Park - Ecclesbourne Glen]]
* '''Hastings Castle''' - also Pevensey Castle, the first castle to be built in England after the Norman conquest. More at the website: [http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/nav.14191].
==Do==
 
[[Image:Hastings old town.JPG‎|thumb|250px|Hill Street in Hastings Old Town]]
* Take a walk in '''Alexandra Park'''.
==Buy==
* '''Pearl & Queenie''' [http://www.pearlandqueenie.com], 16 George St. Beautiful jewellery. A Victorian styled boutique which showcases over 30 top british designer work, handmade in all manor of materials from gold, silver, leather, glass, acrylic and even wood. A treasure trove of jewels with many featured in the UK's top fashion magazines. A must see shop if not only for the designs on show but for the interior which boasts bow fronted cabinets and saucy antiquities. * '''Vintage clothes – this '''. This place is a bit of a hidden treasure. Lots of vintage clothes shops and brick-a-brack – some are run by people who also have stalls in Portobello road later on in the week. One of them has the flatmate of Peaches Geldof as an assistant at the weekends! Prices range from what you'd expect – £60 for a decent 40's dress, to little treasures – £15 for a vintage Laura Ashley maxi-dress. *<buy name="Little Treasures" alt="" address="73 High Street Hastings Old Town" directions="" phone="01424 200511" url="http://www.littletresuresvintage.co.uk" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Vintage clothes and funky furniture boutique. A little bit of Brick Lane in Hastings (without the price tags)! Rails packed with little gems waiting just for you to take home to love and have fun with. Kitsch cool and funky, a must see whilst in Hastings. </buy>
==Eat==
[[Image:Hastings the stade.JPG‎|thumb|250px|Fishermen's museum and net huts on the stade, Hastings]] '''Fish and chips''' - there are hundreds of fish and chip shops. The '''Blue Dolphin''' is used to be ''very'' popular, and is was considered to be one of the best in Britain. It was taken over a few years ago, and went down hill fast.
==Drink==
Some very nice traditional pubs down in the Old town. Try the Jenny Lind when it's got local strong cider :-)
 
[[Image:Burton st leonards.JPG‎|thumb|sizepx|North Lodge, Burton St Leonards]]
 
[[Image:St leonards ons sea.JPG‎|thumb|250px|Highlands Gardens, St Leonards on Sea, Hastings]]
==Sleep==
'''In the central city'''
*<sleep name="One Life Escapes Holiday Cottages" url="http://www.onelifeescapes.co.uk">Two beautifully finished luxury holiday cottages on the South coast of England, each stylishly presented with modern and contemporary finishes. Ideal for families or friends who want to get together on holiday in a five star finished property.</sleep>
* Best Western Royal Victoria Hotel (***)
* Chatsworth Hotel (**)
* Powdermills Hotel (***) (8.6 km)
* The George Hotel (***) (9.0 km
*<sleep name="The Place at the Beach" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+44 1797 225 057" url="http://www.theplaceatthebeach.co.uk" checkin="" checkout="" price="£70" lat="" long="">Located on the outskirts of Hastings, this small luxury hotel is located on the coast with unique views over the Camber Sands.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Flackley Ash Hotel" alt="" address="Flackley Ash Hotel & Restaurant. Peasmarsh, Nr. Rye, East Sussex. TN31 6YH" directions="" phone="+44 1797 230651" url="http://www.flackleyashhotel.co.uk" checkin="" checkout="" price="£120" lat="" long="">In nearby Rye, Flackley Ash Hotel and Restaurant offers luxury and comfort.</sleep>
 
==Get out==
 
[[Image:Hastings view of easthill from westhill.JPG‎|thumb|250px|View of the East Hill and Hastings old town from the West Hill]]
 
[[Image:Hastings pier.JPG‎|thumb|250px|Hastings pier]]
* Visit the historical area surrounding Hastings, known as [http://www.1066country.com/ 1066 Country].
* Network with professionals in the area of Hastings [http://hastingsryesprofessionals.ning.com/ Hastings Rye Professionals]
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[[Image:Houses under hastings castle.JPG‎|thumb|250px|Houses under Hastings castle in the snow]]
 
[[Image:Hastings countrypark flowers.JPG‎|thumb|250px|Hastings Country Park, East Hill cliffs]]
 
[[Image:Hastings countrypark glen.JPG‎|thumb|250px|Hastings Country Park, looking East to Ecclescombe Glen]]
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