Things to do at Battle Abbey and Battlefield review
Battle is the home of Battle Abbey and the famous battle from 1066 in East Sussex. Although it was named the Battle of Hastings it actually didn’t take place in Hastings. Instead, it took place in open countryside 8 miles from Hastings.
There is now a visitor centre at the site and you can explore the large field where William of Normandy defeated King Harold. I can highly recommend the audio guide as it provides you with a great insight into the battle which adds to the atmosphere of the place. You can see the Harold stone which marks to spot where King Harold fell. Plus you can walk the battlefield trail where you will see carved wooden sculptures depicting Norman and Saxon soldiers.
The visitor centre sets the scene for the great battle with an introductory film. There are also a number of new interactive displays which kids will love. You can wander around the now ruined Abbey although some of its walls still stand. The walled garden is also worth a visit and the abbey gatehouse exhibition where you can climb the stairs to enjoy a panoramic view across the town and countryside. Look out for the ice house and dairy in the grounds. You can now explore this unique example of a gothic style thatched dairy and underground ice house.
The site is home to a unique adventure playground which kids will love. It features slides, swings and lots to play on. It was designed by Studio Hardie the team behind George Clark’s Amazing Spaces.
Please note – Most places may still require you to pre-book online in advance. Some venues also still have certain areas closed for safety reasons. Please check their website and/or social media pages before visiting.
FAQ and Further Information Battle Abbey and Battlefield
Is there food and drink available?
There is a cafe room serving hot and cold food and drinks. You are welcome to picnic in the grounds, there is a picnic area next to the play area.
What are the main things to do?
Historic battlefield with a play area, a visitor centre with interactive exhibits, ruined abbey, sculptures and much more. There are toilets and a cafe.
What are the ticket prices?
*FREE or mid-range
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *FREE for members of the English Heritage. Or mid-range for non members. An adult standard ticket costs £12.60, children are £7.60. Under 5s are free, family tickets are available.
Is there parking?
There is a car park which is free for members. There is a parking charge for non members. £4.50 for all day parking.
When are they open?
Battle Abbey and Battlefield is open almost all year round. For up to date opening times please visit their website.
Dogs are welcome on a lead in almost all outdoor areas.
Are they accessible?
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