Photo: Elliott Simpson

Battle Abbey marks the site of the most influential battle in English history. The idyllic countryside was the scene for the 1066 Battle of Hastings where William the Conqueror became the first Norman ruler of England. The ancient abbey was reputedly built by William as a penance for the loss of so much life during the battle. The original abbey’s altar, according to legend, is where King Harold II was fatally stuck by a Norman arrow.

Start in the visitor centre for an informative film and exhibition about the battle. It includes a children’s discovery room and an outdoor-themed playground for younger visitors to explore. Kids will love dressing up as princesses and knights and acting out scenes from the ancient past. Pick up an audio tour and begin a discovery of the battle that changed the course of English history, if not the world’s!

You can wander through the battlefield and ruins of the abbey unrestricted and relive England’s fractious past. There are adult and children’s audio guides to keep everyone entertained and really bring the battle to life. Plaques mark the important areas of the battle, which you can easily recreate with the audio guide and a little imagination!

Round out your trip by stopping at the monks’ gatehouse which showcases recovered artefacts. Put up your feet at the well-stocked café and reflect on how the course of history was changed right beneath your feet!


High Street, Battle, East Sussex, TN33 0AD
Tel: 01424 773792
Times: Summer, daily, 10.00 – 18.00
Winter, Saturday & Sunday, 10.00 – 16.00