1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield

Battle Abbey is now open for you to visit. You now need to book your timed tickets in advance. We have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you won’t be able to visit without your booking confirmation. If you’re a Member, your ticket will be free, but you still need to book in advance. There are other new steps in place to ensure everyone’s safety, so your visit will be a little different.

Welcome to Battle Abbey

We have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you won’t be able to visit without your booking confirmation. If you’re a Member, your ticket will be free, but you still need to book in advance. To book your visit, click here.

Although things might be a little different when you visit, you’ll still be able to enjoy exploring the places where history really happened. And you’ll still be given a warm and safe welcome by our friendly – if socially distant – staff and volunteers.

Please click here for more information about the safety measures you can expect when visiting as well as our FAQs

  • Battlefield, Abbey grounds and Abbey ruins - The Abbey grounds, Abbey ruins, battlefield and battlefield trail are all open for you to enjoy.
  • Exhibition and Gatehouse – The visitor centre exhibition will remain closed. The Gatehouse and rooftop viewing platform will be open.
  • Summer Adventure Quest - This summer, take your family on a free fun adventure quest with a historical twist. Download your trail map here and learn more below.
  • Cafe - The  cafe will be open for takeaway service and with a new one way system in place. Our café is taking part in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme. Find out more here.
  • Shop - The shop is open offering a range of gifts and souvenirs. There will be a one way system in place and we encourage contactless payment. You can also visit our online shop
  • Playground - The play area is now open.
  • Toilets – Toilets will be available as usual. Additional hand sanitising stations will be available across the site.
  • Audio Guide – You can enjoy an audio-tour at Battle Abbey using your own device. Simply download the Guide ID podcatcher App from either the Google Play Store or App Store. Once downloaded search for Battle Abbey on the menu screen to access the audio guide. We recommend downloading the audio tour before your visit using password EHBattle.
  • Face masks - Face coverings must be worn in Battle Abbey's indoor shop, café, tea room and all other indoor spaces. We won’t be able to give you a face covering, so please come prepared so you don’t miss out.
Book your visit

Summer Explorer Quest

This summer, from 18 July, take your family on a free fun adventure with a historical twist. Follow the trail though the abbey grounds and track down the clues - crack them all to claim your adventurer's certificate. Kick off your quest at Battle Abbey every day of the school holidays. Standard admission applies.

Download your trail map

Guidebook: Battle Abbey and Battlefield

Price: £5.00

 Battle Abbey Timeline

14 October 1066Battle of Hastings

After a bloody battle lasting over nine hours from dawn until dusk, William of Normandy defeats King Harold of England on a battlefield 8 miles from Hastings.

Find out more about the Battle of Hastings

25 December 1066A New King

William is crowned King of England at Westminster.

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