History comes alive on a grand scale on a visit to the East Sussex town of Battle, the site of one of the most famous battles of all time. It was here in October 1066, that William Duke of Normandy and the Saxon King Harold, fought in the Battle of Hastings. William was victorious, and became the King of England, nicknamed William the Conqueror. The town of Battle was built up around the Abbey which William constructed, and is now home to many fine examples of architecture, a picturesque high street, and many interesting shops, galleries, and top restaurants.

The Battle of Hastings site is now owned by English Heritage, and their exhibits and audio tours are open to visitors, while you can also explore 100 years of social history in Yesterday’s World, and view the famous Bayeux Tapestry in Battle Museum of Local History. Battle brings the past alive in a way no history lesson can.

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