Title: Hastings Castle
Description: Britain’s first ever Norman castle built by William the Conqueror is home to the ‘1066’ story which tells of the Conquest and the castles history.
Address: Castle Hill Road, West Hill, Hastings, East Sussex
The first castle to be built after the Norman Conquest sits high on the cliffs over looking Hastings. Started in 1070 by Robert of Eu, the stone structure replaced the prefabricated wooden fort, which William the Conqueror brought with him at the time of the invasion. The church of St Mary was incorporated into the original design and in the early 1170s Henry II enlarged the castle and added the keep.
Once a major port, devastating storms in the thirteenth century completely silted up the harbour and the castle fell into disrepair soon afterwards. Erosion of the cliffs has also played a part in the demise of the fortification, with only a segment of the once great castle still remaining.
Presented with the help of an audio-visual show, the history of the castle, Hastings and the Battle of 1066 can be found in a reconstructed medieval siege tent within the grounds.