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Smugglers Adventure

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Address: St. Clements Caves Cobourg Place | West Hill, Hastings TN34 3HY, England
Phone Number: 441424422964
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Deep in the heart of Hastings West Hill lies the Smugglers Adventure, acres...

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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Good fun & Interesting

I visited here last week with my boyfriend, it was interesting, and would definitely be great fun for children. Lots to learn and takes about 45 mins - 1 hour to go around. It was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Kent, United Kingdom
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Kent, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I visited here last week with my boyfriend, it was interesting, and would definitely be great fun for children. Lots to learn and takes about 45 mins - 1 hour to go around. It was very busy when we went as it was summer holidays, so maybe the over excited noisy children hindered the experience for me slightly. Overall, I... More 

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were pleasantly surprised how much the attraction had managed to cram into a tour of some amazing old caves.

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Thank mharbot
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

First time back in probably close to 20 years, I only remember snippets of back then. But it was really well laid out, good mix of interactive and informative exhibits. Great for all ages with friendly staff and a reasonably priced gift shop, generally enjoyable. We took the stroll up through old town which we really enjoyed bit if you... More 

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Thank Cfenfox
Gloucester
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited mid august with 8 &11 year old, they loved exploring the tunnels and playing the games. Enough history mixed in to keep the adults entertained as well.

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Thank billb-baggins
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Lovely caves with a lot of historic information, A bit pricey for how long you are in there for though, needs a few activities for the kids to do so they don't get bored. Great for a little trip out but wouldn't say you could spend all day there. Very good atmosphere that suits the theme. Good use of technology

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Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I visited this attraction with my Mum and Dad when I was little and it burned bright in my memory for many years. I visited again on my 30th birthday and it was as I remembered and in fact even better! A very atmospheric experience which tells you the history of the caves - from how they were used in... More 

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was very interesting. A bit pricy, however coming from London we expect it. Learning the history of the area was really good, though it is probably better without young kids as ours got bored about half way round. Didn't like that it exited right into the gift shop but that is to be expected. Nice and cool on a... More 

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Thank Steve P
London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you've visited Hastings Castle, chances are you also get access to another attraction thrown in (check with your operator as this may only be relevant at certain times of year). Smugglers Adventure is a fairly poorly kept, quite moldy attraction in Hastings, but hey, at least it's authentic as I'm sure that's close to what the smugglers themselves would... More 

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Thank ElleCoco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely to walk round a learn about the old ways a lot to see be awear it dose get a bit chilly down their free to Rome and take pics as you wish a few projectors and slides love the place would go back always again and again

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Thank Uffrich
Hastings, United Kingdom
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8 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great adventure for families, enjoy an experience that is truly unique. Learn about how our coastal town was formed and created. Children should be accompanied by an adult

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Dear karlpotter93, Thank you for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed the experience. Hope to see you again soon. Smugglers Adventure More 

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