• English Seaside |A Day in Hastings and Rye

English Seaside |A Day in Hastings and Rye

On the bank holiday while in Tonbridge (Kent), Ben’s mom and Mick offered to take me, Ben, and Ben’s little bro Max to Hastings and Rye on the coast. It’s in East Sussex on the South coast.  We drove from Kent but you can take a train from Charing Cross in London and that’ll take about 2.5 hours.

If you have time you should definitely take a day in Hastings and Rye.

Hastings used to be a huge fishing port in England but is now more of a seaside vacation spot with delicious fish n chips. There is a fisherman and shipwreck museum (free to enter, donations accepted) and also an arcade area with rides and bumper cars. hastings coast sussex england

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hastings englandI hadn’t had a “real” fish n chips until I had this. It was served in newspaper with vinegar to splash on it and tartar sauce… delicious! I picked all the skin off and didn’t realize until after that everyone else ate theirs.

In the photo below you can see these fisherman huts (net shops?) where they sell their catch. They were built to provide a weatherproof storage for fishing gear so things wouldn’t rot.

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hastings england Other than walking through the lanes to see shops and eat, there are fisherman selling fresh catches near the sea. You can choose to go to the Hastings Castle and up the hillside trains which looked a bit scary and went up at such a steep gradient!

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hastings england

hastings englandI think I’m the only person in England that wants filter coffee with creamer lol, it’s definitely not the norm but I guess the truth is I don’t like coffee that much I like to add so many flavored creamers that it’s basically hot chocolate… so coffee with milk and sugar in England seems pretty strong to me!

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hastings england

hastings england

hastings england

hastings england

Jellied Eels. What is it!?!? I don’t even know lol but I did NOT try it because it looked so gross haha! I got the prawns which were good but I didn’t love the mayo(ish) sauce I put on it. I like cocktail sauce on them. Ben had crawfish and Max had cockles.. which again I didn’t want to try. He soaked them in vinegar. hastings england

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hastings englandHastings was very cute! We took Max to the arcade where lots of money was spent, hundreds of tickets were won, and Max took home 2 very small stuffed minions lol… arcades are such a rip off but he loved it! Him and Ben did bumper cars… and it was not their best show of driving skills to be honest. They’re much better at playing computer games ;)

After Hastings, we stopped in Rye which was about 20 minutes away if I remember right so that I could see the little stone walkways/roads. It’s got more charm then Hastings but is really small. I can’t imagine living there!

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hastings englandI didn’t take as many pictures because it was raining, but Rye was great. I didn’t get a chance to shop in Hastings, but I don’t shop in England really because the GBP is so expensive for Americans. The shops did look cute though, mostly things for the home more than boutique clothing shops.

I think both Hastings and Rye are worth a day trip from London. Actually, you can go on a day trip to see Hastings and Tunbridge Wells all in one day which could be really cool.

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Rachel Jones left a career in nursing and lived on the beaches of Goa, India for the five years. Now she lives in Mexico where she gives advice on the 40+ countries she’s visited in the last 10 years. She’s the author of two India travel e-books: Guide to India and Insider’s Guide to Goa. Her blog, Werkenntwen, like its name, is a contradiction combining off-beat adventurous places with glamorous and bespoke travel. Werkenntwen has been featured in ELLE, Marie Claire, Grazia, and Cosmopolitan magazines. She’s a writer for Bravo TV.


  1. rakhi October 14, 2015 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    @ Rachel Jones

    Hastings seemed to be really sweet! Most of us got Utmost for the arcade where lots of money seemed to be put in, a huge selection of passes ended up received, as well as Utmost got household a couple of small filled minions lol… arcades are usually a real disparaging offer down but he / she adored.


  2. Fernando October 14, 2015 at 10:08 pm - Reply

    This is one of my favorite parts of England, rain and all. And Brighton, which is amazing, is not too far from there.
    That fish’n’chips totally made my mouth water.

  3. silky sharma February 19, 2016 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    After Hastings, we halted in Rye which was around 20 minutes away on the off chance that I recollect right with the goal that I could see the minimal stone walkways/streets. It has more appeal then Hastings yet is tiny. I can’t envision living there

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