Shipwreck Museum – Hastings

Anti-aircraft guns at St. LeonardsAs with other towns on the south coast, Hastings was very much in the “front line” during the Second world War.

This illustrated talk by Ken Brooks will look at our preparations for a German invasion as well as our defences. Walls were built around the town centre, barbed wire was placed along the sea front, and St. Clement’s Caves were used as air raid shelters. However, despite the threat of invasion and the terror of bombing raids, everyday life somehow continued – often with our traditional sense of humour.

Today, reminders of the War, including air-raid sirens and tank traps, may still be seen locally.
The talk will be presented at the Shipwreck Museum, Rock-a-Nore Road, on Sunday 22nd May at 2.30 p.m. Booking is advised. Please phone:
01424 426459. Adults £3 and Children £2.

The Shipwreck Museum is an
independent charitable Museum set in the historic Old Town of Hastings, UK.
The Museum has artefacts from many ships wrecked in the English Channel from the Goodwin Sands in Kent to Pevensey Bay in East Sussex including the Amsterdam a Dutch East Indiaman of 1749 and the Anne of 1690 also the Charles II warship. There are also exhibits of fossils found in the local area. Admission is free!

Tudor Discovery Day

Tudor Discovery Day


The Shipwreck Museum explores the remarkable geological and environmental circumstances that have helped to preserve these shipwrecks. We are a unique museum linked to a Maritime Park, We have helpful, friendly staff & an excellent Gift Shop that is also well worth a visit.

The Shipwreck Museum is ideally sited in the middle of the shoreline ‘Maritime Park’ and has been visited by over a million people, including numerous Schools & Groups, since it opened in 1986. The museum is a Non-profit Organisation. The entire museum is on one level and is an accessible venue for the disabled.

The stories of ships are international, particularly involving Dutch, French, German, Danish and British history, so visitors from abroad are particularly welcome.

For more photos of the Shipwreck Museum and our Historical Artefacts please see our Facebook page.

Visitors take a Selfie in the Shipwreck Museum Shop

Visitors take a Selfie in the Shipwreck Museum Shop



Parking for Visitors & How to find us.

The Shipwreck Museum is located at the end of Rock a Nore Road in Hastings Old Town. The Museum is situated on the seafront next to a pay and display car park.

All day parking is possible in our Off-Street car parks, and it is much cheaper pro-rata than short term parking. For On-Street parking there is a maximum period.

Rock-a-Nore Car Park is a rough surface car park, located on the beach at the eastern end of Hastings sea front, in the Old Town.

This large car park services the majority of visitor parking for the Old Town and is adjacent to most of the facilities in this historic part of Hastings. Full details can be found on Hastings Borough Council website.

Disabled Parking

Disabled parking
can be found in the area of the Yacht Club. The car park charging method is Pay and Display and there are 6 machines located in the car park. (Remember to bring coins with you for the machines). You can also use your Debit Card to pay for parking. Total number of parking spaces: 450 Disabled parking spaces: 15 Charging period: 24 hours/7 days a week No access to car park between 22.00 hrs and 07.00 hrs (barrier restriction) Height restriction: 2.2 meters (7′ 2″). For a map of alternative Off-Street Car parks in Hastings please click here.

Travelling by Bus

Stagecoach bus company runs regular services from nearby towns and villages. From Hastings railway station you can take the 20 or 20A bus to the Stade.

Travelling by Rail

There are regular train services that run from London Victoria and London Charing Cross to Hastings. Direct trains to Hastings run twice an hour from Brighton and Ashford International. Hastings Station is situated 0.8miles from the Shipwreck Museum. It is a 15-20 minute walk from Hastings railway station, a 10 minute bus ride or there are taxis at the station. Hastings has good rail links throughout East and West Sussex and London. For more information on train times and prices visit:  National Rail

Cycling or Walking

Basically aim for the seafront and turn left!   Cycle or walk along the seafront to Rock-a-Nore Road where the big black “Net Huts” are.  Keep on the right hand side of the road  and the Shipwreck Museum is at the end of the road facing the Blue Reef Aquarium. We look forward to your visit.

For more photos of the Shipwreck Museum and our Historical Artefacts please see our Facebook page.

6 comments on “Shipwreck Museum – Hastings
  1. Hello
    I have since year 2000 researched the German submarine captain Max Valentiner.
    I have read that the German submarine fleet after ww1 was assembled on the coast at Hastings.
    Max Valentiner was captain of the U-boat U38 and U157.
    Is there in or arround Hastings some places where the data about this is stored?

    • Good evening,
      Captain Valentiner’s U38 sank several Scottish fishing boats off Shetland one evening in July 1915, do you have any info on this? Several were registered in my home town of Peterhead and I would like to know more about the incident
      George strachan

      • Hello George

        I am afraid that our Museum does not have any information that covers this event please try the Royal Naval Museum at Portsmouth.
        You can contact them via their website. Good luck Kind Regards Jacqui

    • Hi Erik Sorry the Museum does not have any information on this but if you contact the Royal Naval Museum at Portsmouth they may be able to help. Kind Regards Jacqui

  2. Hello Jaquie,
    Thanks for pointing me in the direction of the Portsmouth museum, I will do that.
    Eric contacted me giving his telephone no but I am having difficulty getting through

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