Hastings, East Sussex, England

Hastings Castle

Hastings Castle

Hastings Castle (pictured above) is a keep and bailey castle ruin, and open to the public. The castle is classed as a Grade I listed building and as a Scheduled Monument. The ruins are the remains of a stone fortress (built after William of Normandy's coronation) which was practically impregnable from three sides. Less than half of the original structure remains.


The castle is reputedly haunted, with people reporting the apparition of a woman in a brown-hooded cloak on the hill below the castle. Sometimes, the spectre is carrying a baby. Coxe states that Thomas a Becket has been sighted here on Autumn evenings.


According to Brooks, the castle itself has been seen as an apparition over the sea. However, instead of its current appearance, it appears as it once looked in all its magnificence. He also reports audible phenomena of clanking chains, groans and screams, as well as the "music of an unearthly choir".

Castle Hill Road,

West Hill,


East Sussex, TN34 3AR.


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For further information, please read Haunted Britain by Antony D. Hippisley Coxe; Haunted Britain by Richard Jones and Britain's Haunted Heritage by J.A. Brooks.


Visitor Information

Hastings is a historic town and borough in the county of East Sussex, England.

The town is located 24 miles east of the county town of Lewes and 53 miles southeast of London.

Pictured left is Hastings Castle courtesy of Kreepin Deth. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.