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St Clement’s Caves

Hastings
East Sussex
TN34 3HY
Further informationSt Clement’s Caves.


OS Grid Ref: TQ824095
Location: Smugglers Adventure and Hastings Castle & 1066 Story are located on the West Hill. Although limited Pay and Display parking is available on the hill, we advise customers to park in a more easily accessible car park on the seafront. From there, guests can take the West Hill Cliff Railway located on George Street or walk via signposted pathways on George Street and High Street to the attractions. The seafront car park can be located using the postcode TN34 3AJ on a satellite navigation system.
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[Source: Tony Radstone]

St Clement’s Caves were formed around 14,000 BC, during the last Ice Age.

Ever since, these mysterious caves have had a fascinating part to play in the history of the area.

St Clement’s Caves have served as a home, a hospital, an air-raid shelter and a ballroom and over their long history have been visited by everyone from The Rolling Stones to royalty.

No one is sure how the long the Caves have been used by man but Enigmatic carvings suggest they could have a very ancient history, and researchers continue to try and discover clues to their early past.

Today the Caves provide the perfect backdrop for a vivid recreation of the dark and often bloody story of smuggling along the Sussex Coast during its heyday back in the 17th and 18th centuries.

[Source: Tony Radstone]

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