I’m making an effort this summer to visit more places in the UK; for the last few years I’ve travelled all around the world, but haven’t actually explored some amazing spots right on my doorstep. When you think of holidays in the UK you think of that classic seaside experience, which includes an ice cream in hand and hours exploring seaside shops. For this trip I chose Hastings, it’s a town I’ve never visited before and somewhere that still has a lot of historic buildings in the old town, which I thought would be a great opportunity for photos.
I travelled down to Hastings on a Southeastern train; it takes a little over two hours and because I wasn’t driving I was able to catch up on work and emails on the journey down. I also love the fact that train stations are always positioned in the centre of town which is exactly where I wanted to be when I arrived. Taking advantage of the sunshine I quickly dropped my bag off at the bed and breakfast I’d booked into and headed for some lunch at a lovely hidden gem called the Love Cafe. It’s a quirky café filled with a large collection of memorabilia. After eating tacos in the sun, I headed to the beach, where I hunted for the best pebbles to skim on the water. It brings back so many memories of childhood holidays and I love the carefree feeling it brought back.
After the beach we headed back to the Cloudesley Bed and Breakfast and had a proper look around. The building itself is decorated with a lot of the owner’s own photography which brings a really creative vibe. We freshened up and quickly headed out to dinner at Dragon Bar, which is a great place to grab a beer and pizza with friends. Leading on down nostalgia lane we then stumbled upon the seaside arcade. I love how they still have many of the old school games where you collect tokens to win a prize! We spent longer than I would like to admit in the arcade before heading back to the Cloudesley to sleep.
We woke up to great weather the following day and decided to go explore the shops and locate some more hidden gems in town after breakfast. My favourite find was a shop called I love Mel, it was a mix between a coffee shop and a gift shop but had some really awesome pieces. Before leaving Hastings we headed to the beach one last time before travelling to the famous East Cliff Railway. It’s a funicular railway that goes up the cliffs, but what’s awesome is that it still has the Victorian wooden coaches. It takes you all the way to the top of the cliff, which is a great place for photos or another coffee!
I loved this short trip to Hastings; sometimes it’s good to take a couple of days out of your daily routine and do something a little different. Being able to work on the train was awesome as I was able to arrive in Hastings with a clear schedule for the afternoon. It felt like I was on holiday even though I was only two hours away from home, which is the beauty of travelling in the UK by train. I’m definitely looking forward to my next trip already!
If you fancy booking a trip to Hastings or somewhere else in East Sussex or Kent, check out the advance purchase off-peak offers from Southeastern this Summer starting from as little as £10! Find out more here.
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This post is in association with Southeastern Railway, however all views and opinions are my own.