Hastings, it all happened here in 1066, or didn't as the actual battle was 6 miles inland at Battle, A21 north then A2100. But there are still reminders here, and you can see the ruined Norman castle on the cliff top next to where William the Conqueror's more modest 1086 affair. Hasting's was a Cinque Port, part of Henry VIII's "build me ships and I'll let you raise taxes" deal. Today Hastings is a seaside resort which was started in the 19th century, but still has it's old town between East and West hills, east of the modern centre, with medieval buildings and churches. The old harbour has wooden buildings around it.
It has 5 miles of shingle beaches below the cliffs, and the modern amenities usually found in seaside resorts. Take the cliff railway to get down the cliffs to the beach. The urban area run's into St Leonards to the west, the resort is known as Hastings and St Leonard's. Tourist Information centre in the town.Summer shows in the theatre.