Smugglers Adventure, Hastings

History Museum · Historic Site
Uncover the underbelly of Hastings by joining Smugglers Adventure, a guided tour that digs into the underground history of cave smuggling in the area. Visit local caves and hear stories of local smugglers, bootleggers, and gangs that used secret tunnels and taverns to hide their activity in the 18th century. Enjoy interactive exhibits, dramatic recreations, and lifesize characters that, combined, bring history to life in a fun and relatable way. Put Smugglers Adventure at the forefront of your travel plans using our St Leonards-on-Sea trip planner.
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  • We drove to Hastings to visit the Smugglers Adventure and Hastings Castle. Although we found nothing online beforehand when we approached the gates there was a sign saying open Thursday-Sunday - we...  more »
  • It was just okay - felt a bit tired and neglected. Some of the installations didn’t work...COVID related(?)...not so sure. It’s a bit pricey for what you get. Also I can see some of the areas not...  more »
  • I liked learning about how and where the smugglers hid their loot that they stole. Once you are in the cave,you will be about 40 feet underground. You will watch a projected video and then you can start exploring the caves. There lots of activities you can do in the caves as well. When you exit the caves, you will head to a gift shop.
  • Very interesting place to go, everything is well explained, there quite a few small exhibits telling the visitors all about the smugglers and how they hid some of it and also how they paid dearly for doing it. Very eerie atmosphere, and not as claustrophobic as I first imagined. I would recommend that if you are a bit dodgey on your feet have an arm to hold on to, carers go free as long as you have proof. Book online the tickets are a bit cheaper, also you do not need a printer for the tickets just write down the reference number for the chap at the entrance to check it out. It was a great hit with our grandchildren too.

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