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Smugglers Adventure

Address: St. Clements Caves | West Hill, Hastings, England
Phone Number: 01424-422964
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Ranked #10 of 35 Attractions in Hastings
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
Owner description: Deep in the heart of Hastings West Hill lies the Smugglers Adventure, acres of caverns that conceal...
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Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
Owner description: Deep in the heart of Hastings West Hill lies the Smugglers Adventure, acres of caverns that conceal the thrilling history of smugglers, bootleggers and warring bloodthirsty gangs.Visitors can explore the labyrinth of secret tunnels and passages and discover the dangers and hardships faced by Sussex smugglers in the eighteenth century.More than 70 life-size characters, interactive displays, eerie lighting and sound effects and dramatic recreations bring this mysterious and often bloody world vividly to life.

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Zwijndrecht, Antwerpen, Belgium
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

The caves are larger than expected and mysterious. There was a lot of information about smugglers. Some educational machines were quite old.

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SmugglersAd, General Manager at Smugglers Adventure, responded to this review

Dear Ann K, Thank you for your review of Smugglers Adventure. It was great to read your son enjoyed the visit. We hope to welcome you again soon! Many thanks Smugglers Adventure More 

Hastings, England, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

The Smugglers Adventure has been a firm family favourite for nearly three decades. The central character, smuggler 'Hairy Jack' tells the history of local smuggling in a way that informative and interesting for all ages. I used to go to the caves as a child and now take young family members and international students as part of a day out;... More 

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SmugglersAd, General Manager at Smugglers Adventure, responded to this review

Dear Hannah W, Thank you for your great review of Smugglers Adventure. We are so pleased to read you enjoyed your visit and that we have been entertaining you for nearly three decades! We look forward to welcoming you again soon! Many thanks Smugglers Adventure More 

Hastings, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

had a wonderfull time with my family here, i am a local and would return again. staff are friendly and the place is set out very well and life like :)

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SmugglersAd, General Manager at Smugglers Adventure, responded to this review

Dear Vistitorexperience, Thank you for your positive review of Smugglers Adventure. We are glad you enjoyed the experience and hope you had a great birthday! We look forward to seeing you again soon. Many thanks Smugglers Adventure More 

Hastings, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Cant believe how large these caves are. A little expensive and a little dark for a senior citizen but great fun !! would definatly go back again!!

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SmugglersAd, General Manager at Smugglers Adventure, responded to this review

Dear lynwen2014, Thank you for your review. It was great to read you enjoyed the experience - be warned it can be dark in the Caves! We do sell torches for those who would like a bit more light. We look forward to welcoming you again. Many thanks Smugglers Adventure More 

East Sussex
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218 reviews 218 reviews
63 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We visited the caves again with 3 great-nephews and their mother. They thoroughly enjoyed it and their ages ranged from 5 to 12. However, some of the interactive pieces were not fully operative and seemed in need of some tlc.

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SmugglersAd, General Manager at Smugglers Adventure, responded to this review

Dear iceman123EastSussex, Thank you for you review of Smugglers Adventure. We are currently looking at our interactive machines ready for when we open in February. We are glad to read you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon. Many thanks Smugglers Adventure More 

Kirriemuir, Scotland, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

A very creepy but exciting fun day out for all the family. My eyesight isn't great so I found it rather dark. All the same it was value for money and the staff really got into the spirit of the smugglers.

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SmugglersAd, General Manager at Smugglers Adventure, responded to this review

Dear Alison F, Thank you for your five star rating of Smugglers Adventure. We will pass on your kind words to our staff and we hope to see you again in 2015. Many thanks Smugglers Adventure. More 

Brentwood, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

It was interesting but felt there wasn't a lot in there other than walking through the caves. If had know don't think we would of gone. With the price to get up to it cost £31.80..quite a lot.

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London
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68 reviews 68 reviews
3 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

My boyfriend was concerned Smugglers Adventure would be too childish for us to visit on a recent weekend to Hastings but we loved learning about the smugglers roaming the beaches in the darkness waiting for the signal to smuggle things ashore. Sure some of the mannequins have seen better days but it is very dark in the caves, they can... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

We went in-the train thing that take you to the top of the hill, this was fab, we had a return ticket, as we did not want to walk down the steps in the rain!! , Took a while to find once we got to the top of the hill! The views were amazing. Once inside we were offered a... More 

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Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

I went with my 9 year old granddaughter end as soon as we went in. we entered into a dark "cave" she found this very frightening and it took a lot of persuasion to get her to carry on. However once we passed through this she was quite happy as there was an area with games to play and models... More 

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