The Smugglers Adventure Hastings
St Clements Caves
West Hill
East Sussex TN34 3HY 
 
 
 
Deep in the sandstone caves beneath West Hill in Hastings in south-east England is a very different visitor attraction. Smuggling was a way of life for coastal communities in the 18th century.
 
The Smugglers Adventure tells the true history of this sometimes romanticized activity in an exciting way.
 
For a start, visitors descend into the real caves, passing from cavern to cavern, along low tunnels, up and down steps and steep slopes. Over seventy life sized wax models illustrate the smugglers’ activities. A fictional smuggler, ‘Hairy Jack’ narrates the story. There are scary noises and apparitions as well as interactive displays.
 
Pick up a telephone and listen to stories of the infamous Hawkhurst Gang who frequented Hastings.
 
Most children will love this attraction but be prepared, some of the gory details are not hidden and some of the soundtrack might frighten small children.
 
Smugglers Adventure has a very good website one can visit and know exactly what to expect.
 
Plan Your Visit
Accommodation - Search & Book through Booking.com here:     External Link

 

 
Open
Easter – October: 10:00 to 17:00 hours
October – Easter: 10:00 to 16:00 hours
A visit will take at least an hour
No pushchairs allowed
 
Admission Price
Please check the website for up to date details. Joint tickets with Blue Reef Aquarium can be purchased.
 
Important Information
Care required - there are low tunnels, steep slopes and many steps
 
Facilities
Gift Shop
 
Contact & Further Information
Website  Smugglers Adventure    External Link
 
Getting There
There is only resident permit parking on the hill so it is recommended that visitors park in the ‘Pay & Display’ car park on the seafront and use West Hill Lift in George Street to go to the Smugglers attraction.
 
Google Maps - Smugglers Adventure