Hasting's expansive vista of sea views and a perfectly preserved beach make for a tranquil setting where you can relax to the sounds of the crashing waves. If you like your relaxation to be punctuated by insight, then there are plenty of attractions to keep you occupied too.

It’s impossible to ignore the history of the town, and why would you want to with so much on offer? Uncover the past by discovering Hastings Castle, the first castle in England to be built by William the Conqueror, the quaint Old Town, and even a shipwreck.

Museums are a great showcase of Hastings’ history. The fishing industry, for example, is honoured by the Hastings Fishermen's Museum. But if you’re looking for something a little more grisly, you can visit the True Crime Museum.

Typical of many English seaside towns, Hastings was at one time a hotspot for smugglers. This villainous history is kept alive through The Smugglers Adventure; you can delve deep into the caverns where loot was once stowed away.

A healthy local arts scene is supported by the brilliant Jerwood Gallery which houses a collection of 20th and 21st-century British art, never before displayed in public.

However you decide to spend your time in Hastings, you’ll enjoy your time in the jewel of the south coast.