Attractions

Attractions


Battle has numerous attractions for visitors and residents alike. The most famous being 'Battle Abbey'. Whether you are spending the day in Battle, or passing through on the 1066 country walk, be sure to take in some of the amazing history.

 

Battle Abbey and Battlefields

The Abbey stands tall at the centre of Battle, a constant reminder of the historic events of 1066. The Abbey lays host to an impressive interactive tour by English Heritage. A CGI film and interactive display tell the story of the Battle, as well as offering an insight into living in England at the time.

The Abbey was built on the site of the Battle of Hastings by William ‘the conqueror' as a penance for the loss of life during the battle. The work started almost immediately after the Battle, with the eastern wing of the church completed in just over 10 years.

The church was consecrated in 1094 by the Archbishop of Canterbury, in the presence of 7 other bishops and King William II.

Many of the buildings were destroyed by Sir Anthony Browne in the 16th century. Browne was given the Abbey as a gift by his friend King Henry VIII, and took the abbot's lodging as his private house.

The grounds cover the battlefield site, and comprise the outline of the Norman abbey church and some more substantial remains of a 13th century extension to the east. The house still stands, and is currently occupied by Battle Abbey School. The estate was bought by the government in 1976 on behalf of the British people.

The Abbey hosts many events throughout the year, from re-enactments of the Battle, to falconry and archery displays. Its not just medieval events, with a World War 2 event, Easter extravaganza and ghost walks through the battlefield!

 

Battle Museum at The Almonry and Gardens

Tucked away at the top of the High Street is the Almonry, with its Museum and offices for the town council.

Battle Museum celebrates Battles' history, and contains displays of Roman, Medieval and younger artifacts. The museum holds what is thought to be the only battle-axe found on Senlac Hill, the site of the Battle of Hastings. It also holds the worlds oldest Guy Fawkes, a model of the town, and model of the roman baths at Beauport Park.

Battle Town Museum also lets you discover some of the industries that have featured in Battle throughout history, such as Gunpowder making, Leather work and clock making.

The Almonry is set amongst award winning gardens. The Gardens were Gold Award Winners In the South and South East in Bloom competition in 2007 and 2008, which precluded them from entering in 2009. The Almonry Gardens impressed again in 2010, picking up yet another Gold award.

 

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