History Hunters: Battle Abbey, Sussex


Ooh, we love an educational day trip, well, I do and the kids enjoy the ‘edutainment’, the activities, running around, picnics and play. Recently, we spent a sunny afternoon at Battle Abbey in Battle, Sussex. 

We explored the ruins of William the Conqueror’s abbey, bringing history to life with stories of the 1066 Battle of Hastings, finding the exact spot where poor Harold is said to have been killed and re-enacting the battle with our wooden swords and shields!

Clamber up the stone steps in the gatehouse to find exhibitions and nooks and crannies to explore.

Keep going to the top of the gatehouse for rooftop views of the town.IMG_7715

Wend your way down the steps and explore the ruins outside. There are walls to walk on, a crypt to jump in to, echoing underground rooms to bellow in, grass to roll around on … the kids loved the space and freedom these ruins provided!

There are facilities on site- loo, cafe and parking. Park for £4.50 all day, £1 for members. Be sure to wander down Battle High Street; Battle is a quaint, picturesque town with cute independent shops and lovely cafes. We treated ourselves to a delicious cream tea before making our way home, tired but happy and knowing a bit more about Harold and William and the Battle of Hastings in 1066!


Enjoy! Amy x

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