The town of Hastings is located in East Sussex on the coast. Hastings has been long associated with the Norman Conquest due to the fact that it eventually became a Cinque Port. Throughout history, this port town has been important to the fishing industry. The castle which sits perched on the sandstone cliffs of Hastings is by far the most popular tourist attraction. Visitors should be aware that only some dungeons and the chapel as well as some castle walls remain; however, the castle is still an interesting place to visit while in Hastings. The Hastings Pier is also quite popular as well.
Hastings, a name forever etched on the mind of many a long suffering history student, is a small English town which has been dominated by both the rich historical and cultural legacy left as a result of the Norman invasion of England, as well as the fishing industry and both of these are amply catered for in the numerous museums and exhibitions scattered around the town.
Given its close proximity to the Ocean as well as its strong reliance on fishing as a source of the economy, Hastings was a town that was a smugglers haven, all of whom risked life and limb (literally for the crime of smuggling would bring with it a capital punishment usually by being hung drawn and quartered) in order to bring over contraband goods to the UK. Chocolate, coffee, tea, silk and oranges were all items brought over by the smugglers who were prepared to brave the wrath of the State in exchange for the immense profits to be made from the trading of these illicit items. The Smugglers Adventure is a naturally made and created network of intertwining tunnels which were historically used by smugglers and nowadays forms a museum dedicated to their nefarious trafficking.
A visit to Hastings would not be complete without a visit to Hastings Castle, which happened to be the very first castle that William the Conqueror built on English soil in 1067 making it one of the oldest surviving castles in the whole of England. The castle itself also pays tribute to its creator, and contains many relics from that epic battle.