Battle VillageHastings
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The little town of Battle in south-east England is the site of the famous 1066 Battle of Hastings. Only 49 miles (79 km) from London, Battle is a popular destination for visitors to Britain.
In 1066 the French, under the leadership of William, Duke of Normandy, decided to take possession of England and landed on the south-east coast at Pevensey. King Harold II chose to halt the invasion at a point astride the road from Hastings to London on Senlac Hill.
Strategically Harold had the upper hand. At his back was a great forest and in front the ground fell away in a long gradual slope which rose again at the bottom as the opposing slope of Telham Hill.
After the battle was lost and William became King of England he built an Abbey on the top of Senlac Hill. A little settlement initially called Bataille (the battle) grew up around the abbey. In 1251 the name was changed to Battle. The ruins of the Abbey dominate the town and the main street (High Street) terminates at the Abbey Gatehouse.
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Battle Abbey & Battlefield
The 1066 Battle Abbey & Battlefield are cared for by English Heritage and the Visitor Centre in High Street is where visitors get their tickets and audio tours in order to visit the historic site.
A large pedestrianised area in front of the Abbey Gatehouse, Abbey Green, is often the focus of community events such as medieval fayres, the Battel Bonfire Boyes Bonfire Celebration, markets and band concerts. The greatest celebration occurs on the Battlefield itself with a re-enactment of the Battle of Hastings.
The Tourist Information Centre in the Abbey Gatehouse can supply visitor maps, details of events and attractions both for the town itself and the surrounding countryside.
Battle is full of attractive old buildings. There are plenty of pubs, restaurants and interesting little shops. The parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Battle is almost as old as the Abbey and in much better repair. It has an abundance of 13th century wall paintings as well as some unusual monuments. The inhabitants of Battle lived to a great age; one stone in the graveyard marks the burial of a 120 year old man!
Another fascinating place to visit is the Battle Museum of Local History. It is a small museum with unique collections of objects seen nowhere else in Britain.
Picturesque Country Walks
There are a number of picturesque country walks around Battle. A route from the Abbey gates runs south past the 15th century Pilgrims Rest restaurant until it reaches a gate into a field. A right turn along a small footpath leads the walker north and back into the town. On the way are beautiful views of rolling Sussex countryside. The 1066 Country Walk also passes through the town.
Although small, Battle has plenty to offer any visitor as well as being an important English historical site.
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Further information
Further information about attractions, events and accommodation in Rother and areas surrounding Battle, can be found by contacting the TIC.
Telephone   +44 (0)1424 773 721
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Website   Battle website   External Link
Getting There
- By Car:
From Hastings or Tunbridge Wells take the A21. The A2100 leads to Battle.
If travelling from Bexhill-on-Sea take the A271.
Parking available at Battle Abbey, Mount Street Car Park and Market Car Park
- By Rail:
Battle Railway Station is on the main line from London to Hastings. Half hourly services. The trip takes 1 hour 20 minutes. For Timetables, Tickets etc go to: Web National Rail Enquiries    External Link
- By Bus:
Local bus services all stop at Battle.
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