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“You need a lot of imagination” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Battle Abbey and Battlefield

Battle Abbey and Battlefield
Sandlake, Battle, England
01424 773792
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Ranked #1 of 8 Attractions in Battle
Type: Battlefields, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Battle Abbey was built on the scene of the Battle of Hastings and it is dedicated to St. Martin. Although it is partially ruined, it is a wonderful building. During your visit you will see the abbey building and ruins, the visitor centre with a film and exhibition about the battle of Hastings and the monks’ gatehouse with recovered artifacts.
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“You need a lot of imagination”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

If you are a history buff and know about the battle you will like this site. For those of us who know about the battle but aren't that interested in particulars it is just a nice walk. Movie only fair. Great gift shop. The men in our group rated this a 3, the ladies a 1 1/2. Paid parking. Town pleasant.

Visited October 2012
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“Battle Abbey”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

We visited a few days ago in half term. An actor told stories of ghosts and the Battle of Hastings story. Intertwined wonderfully. Unfortunately we couldn't walk around the battlefield due to being waterlogged but able to explore the Abbey ruins. There is a museum on site retelling the battle story and about the abbey (sited near the gate house). My kids 9 and 7 yrs thoroughly enjoyed the whole visit.

Visited November 2012
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“Spooooooky”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

It was Halloween and we were taken on a ghostly tour of the Abbey by Professor Midnight. The children loved it - so did the adults. We all had a great time. Had lunch in the cafe, very good value and very good food. The Abbey is well worth a visit

Visited October 2012
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“Well worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

Living in Brighton and looking for a day trip to go on with my friend, Battle Abbey and Battlefield seemed like an obvious choice. The area is fascinating and the abbey ruin is wonderful.

The only downside was the number of closed areas. The battlefield was closed on account of being too muddy (even if we had brought our wellies along), which was a big shame. Furthermore as we wandered into the magnificent but gloomy monastery warehouses we also noticed that was closed because of flooding. Our third disappointed was after avidly reading the information post detailing the ice-house and eagerly walking into it we noticed a big padlock - another place closed!

I understand that for various reasons these placed had to be closed/shut-off, but English Heritage really should have offered a discounted entry for everyone there. Otherwise I would certainly recommend it.

Visited October 2012
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“History lesson”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

We went on a cold, sunny day in later October and, standing on the terrace overlooking the field in which the battle took place was quite moving. Sadly the longer walk around the actual battle field was too waterlogged from the recent anniversary (14th Oct) re-enactment, so we had to stay on the shorter trail. We were given audio guides which were pitched at just the right level: not too long winded, not too detailed, but detailed enough (and funny in places) to allow you to benefit from the visit. It is a small site and so, without the guides, I think the visit could be over in a very short time. The 10 minute film in the visitor centre was a good starting point to get a potted story of the event before going outside to explore the field and ruins. I am a particular fan of ancient ruins (eg Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire) and the ruins at Battle Abbey, although small scale, did not disappoint allowing you to imagine life there many years ago. Pity you have to pay extra to park.

Visited October 2012
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