Just a short distance north of Hastings is Battle, which was the site of the famous Battle of Hastings that took place here in 1066 between King Harold and William the Conqueror.
Battle is a small town, although it is big enough to have all the basic amenities (such as shops, pubs and a couple of supermarkets).
For most visitors, the town has two main points of interest: the Battle Museum of Local History at the western end of the town centre and Battle Abbey at the eastern end of town. Battle Abbey is by far the most visited of these two attractions but it is worth visiting both for a more rounded overview of the events surrounding the Battle of Hastings.
Battle is on the railway line linking London and Hastings with two trains per hour in each direction. It is around 1½ hours by train to London and between 15 and 20 minutes to Hastings. Most London trains terminate at Charing Cross railway station but some terminate at Cannon Street station.
Stagecoach bus routes 304 and 305 run hourly between Battle and Hastings and the journey takes around half an hour.