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History House Exhibitons

From 3rd November Hastings in the 1930's and 40's a time of change for the town. Open Thursdays to Sundays 11-4




Has now finished we are grateful to those who gave talk and presentations for us. The next series of talks will be in Old Town Carnival Week. Watch this space


All walks are organized and led by knowledgeable members of the Old Hastings Preservation Society.


A guided walk around Hastings’ historic Old Town, with its wealth of historic buildings and literary associations, takes place every Tuesday from May to September.


Join us for a fascinating tour of Hastings Old Town, the premier ancient Cinque Port, with its wealth of medieval, Tudor and later historic buildings. Many are hidden in narrow passages, known here as Twittens and Cat Creeps, often unseen by tourists and even by those who think they know their Hastings! Many of these buildings have fascinating histories.


Find out why celebrities flocked to Hastings, many settling permanently in the town.

Artists including Turner and the Pre-Raphaelites came and delighted in painting local scenes. It has been said that there are more paintings of Hastings than of any other English resort.

Hastings also attracted famous authors such as Byron, Keats, the Rossettis, Edward Lear, Dickens, Lewis Carroll and Catherine Cookson.


It is also a town steeped in history, going back to long before 1066 and forward beyond its front-line position in the Second World War.


All walks take approximately 90 minutes and start at the TOP of the West Hill Lift, (The lower, Old Town entrance is near the west end of George Street), proceeding gently downhill into the heart of the Old Town.

There is no charge for these regular walks, but donations to the Old Hastings Preservation Society are welcomed.


Private groups can book for specially arranged walks for any time of the year by emailing


For groups of disabled visitors, both walkers and wheelchair-users, we can arrange easy-access walks.

For these we use a carefully tried and tested simplified route which has no steps and is on almost completely level ground, while still including very many of the Old Town features of our traditional walks. Hastings has dropped kerbs at crossing points throughout the Town.


For large groups we provide more than one guide.


Stade Guided Walks

All walks begin at 11:00am meeting outside the Fishermen's Museum (inside if raining)

All Old Hastings Preservation Society [OHPS] walks are free, no pre booking or tickets required but donations are welcomed.

Join us for this fascinating tour of the Stade Fishing Quarter of Hastings Old Town. The walk can be over uneven ground but there are no hills or steps to climb. We can tailor the walk to your mobility needs or interest. The walks are led by experienced volunteer guides from the Fishermen's Museum. These walks take about 60 to 90 minutes and are free but donations are welcomed and are used towards the upkeep of the Fishermen's Museum which is a registered charity. 

Maximum 15 people – any groups must book in advance.

If a scheduled walk isn't convenient for you, we may be able to arrange a private walk on a Thursday or Friday. 

For further details please contact the Fishermen's Museum:  01424 461446