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1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield

Plan your attack on the abbey and battlefield "Witness Knights' Tournament | 2-3 August Battle Abbey: Site of the 1066 Battle of Hastings Let the kids' imaginations run wild

For a memorable family day out in Sussex explore Battle Abbey and Battlefield, the site of the 1066 Battle of Hastings. Discover more about the most famous date in English history while walking in the steps of King Harold and William the Conqueror.

An engaging visitor centre features CGI film and interactive displays that tell the story of the great battle and paint a vivid picture of England at the time of the conquest. The audio tour as you walk the battlefield brings the momentous day to life which changed England’s history forever.

Explore the atmospheric abbey ruins and stand on the very spot where King Harold is said to have died. We also have a museum, as well as the chance to pause for lunch in our modern café.

With so much to see and do, and fun events throughout the year, it isn’t surprising this remains one of the most popular visitor attractions in the South East. A place in history you cannot afford not to visit.

This summer, we will also be offering tours of the Beggars Hall and Dining Hall in the private school buildings within the Abbey. These tours cannot be pre-booked and are available to visitors on a first come first serve basis each day from 4-31 August.

Don't Miss

  • Our Knights' Tournament Sat 2 - Sun 3 Aug. Choose your champion!
  • Summer guided tours of the school building (see above)
  • The first season's fruit in the Duchess of Cleveland's Walled Garden
  • Our stylish café and terrace with tasty summer drinks and local food

Events At 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield

  • Knights' Tournament

    Sat 2 & Sun 3 Aug 2014

    Marvel at our noble knights as they take on the ultimate medieval tournament. Swords will be wielded, archery skills tested and helmets battered. Soak up the sights and sounds of medieval encampments and laugh out loud at our silly jesters.

  • Bows, Arrows and Battle Tactics

    Mon 4 - Sun 17 Aug 2014

    Lance steady. Visor down. Transform yourself into a noble knight at our Medieval Knight School. Learn sword skills, dance and etiquette of the 15th century.

  • Bows, Arrows and Battle Tactics

    Mon 18 - Sun 31 Aug 2014

    Steel yourself for action as a Norman or Saxon soldier this summer. Step forward and join the ranks of the Norman and Saxon armies. Practice your skills in the field with archery, sword, shield and spear, and pick a side for the Kids’ Battle of Hastings!

Prices and opening times


High Street, Battle, East Sussex - TN33 0AD (Directions)


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