From old English battles to modernist art, Hastings in East Sussex is a British seaside resort that’s full of surprises and offers a ton of fun things to do. In Hastings, yes, you’ll find traditional beach-based fun—promenades along the seafront and kiosks selling rock—but this town has a deeper soul than you would expect. Its history is the stuff of storybooks: from that famous battle in 1066 to centuries of smuggling to England's coast. The architecture here has an art-deco vibe that isn’t often seen outside cities like New York, and recently it’s made a name for itself as home to a huge range of independent traders. Pressed for time? Check our guide to the most perfect day in Hastings.
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