Getting Here

Find us at:

Hastings Contemporary
Rock-a-Nore Road
Hastings Old Town

TN34 3DW

Contact us:

+44 (0)1424 728377

Opening Times & Prices

Opening Times:

Hastings Contemporary is currently closed to visitors, pending further government announcements.

Admission Prices:

Hastings Contemporary Members

Children (16 and under)
Up to four children free with an adult ticket

£9.00* / £8.00

Senior (60 and over)
£8.00* / £7.00

Disabled, Further Education Students, Unemployed
Proof required
Free entry to Carers supporting disabled visitors

Hastings Borough Council Residents
Please bring proof of address.

Art Fund Members
£4.50* / £4.00

All tickets must be booked in advance.

*Ticket price includes a voluntary donation which enables the gallery to claim Gift Aid on the whole amount

Ways to travel:


Check our our page on Good Journey to plan your car-free journey:

Regular trains run from London Victoria and London Charing Cross, Brighton, and Ashford International to Hastings, with fast route options.

To find out more or to book your journey, visit

The gallery is a 15-20 minute walk from Hastings railway station and easily accessible from the historic Old Town of Hastings.

There are cycle paths running along the beachfront that will take you west towards St. Leonards and Bexhill.


The closest car parks are Rock-a-Nore Road, The Bourne and Pelham Place.

Stagecoach runs regular services from nearby towns and villages. From Hastings railway station you can take the 20 or 100 bus to the Stade.

There is a taxi rank at Hastings station. The five-minute journey to the gallery costs about £5. For taxis from the gallery, feel free to ask staff at the front desk for assistance.

Family Visits

Did you know that up to four children can visit the gallery for free with every adult ticket purchased?

Discover through drawing and simple problem solving.

Boatyard offers a children’s menu, high chairs, and are happy to heat up bottles.

Baby changing facilities are located on the first floor.

Ask a member of staff about buggy storage.

We are a Breastfeeding Friendly venue.

©Pete Jones


What to expect from your visit:

Hastings Contemporary strives to champion equality for D/deaf, disabled and neurodiverse people, ensuring that they have equal access to our work, services, and physical spaces.

  • The gallery has a lift to the upper floor galleries and café and a disabled toilet on the ground floor
  • Two wheelchairs are available for visitors. Please let us know before you visit if you would like to use one
  • We have lightweight, portable stools available for visitors
  • Large print labels are available. Please ask at the front desk
  • Hastings Contemporary is a Dementia Friendly Venue
  • Assistance dogs are welcome. We are sorry, but other dogs are not allowed in the gallery

If you would like to speak to a member of staff about your visit, please call +44(0)1424 728377 or email

Image © Lens & Pixel


Boatyard at Hastings Contemporary is a modern restaurant and café-bar with a focus on sustainable food and drink.

On the first floor of the gallery and enjoying wonderful views over the seafront and historic fishing beach in the heart of Hastings Old Town, Boatyard serves a menu built around local produce and sustainable ingredients, with fish landed by boats you can see out of the window.

Boatyard is run by Farmyard founders Kate and Ben O’ Norum – whose backgrounds include street food, natural wines, journalism, and environmental development – alongside head chef Nick Leonard.

Boatyard is open 11am-5pm, Tuesdays to Sundays, as part of general admission to the gallery. Hastings Contemporary members may bring up to three guests to Boatyard free of charge.

The lunch menu can be viewed here.

For more information on Boatyard visit, follow on Facebook and Instagram @BoatyardHastings or email

Images: ©Lens & Pixel.

Private Hire

Hastings Contemporary’s gallery spaces, café and balcony, and studio, are available to hire for private and corporate events and photo shoots.

If you are planning a special birthday, anniversary, remembrance event or wedding reception and are tempted by world-class artworks and architecture, the best views in town, and superb sustainable catering from Boatyard, we would be delighted to host.

The studio is available for corporate hire, for a uniquely cultural team building experience, and for community workshops and events.

For more information or a customised quote, please email or call +44 (0)1424 728377. Gallery Members enjoy a 10% discount on hire plus special catering offers.

*With the exception of the studio and meeting room, the gallery spaces are only available for hire outside of gallery opening hours (11am to 5pm Tuesday – Sunday). Catered events in the galleries may be subject to archival restrictions.

Image R: ©Farmyard. Image L: ©Farmyard


From art materials to unique gifts and hand-crafted items for all age groups, you don’t have to be visiting the gallery to browse our shop.

The gallery thrives on established links with designers and makers in Hastings and the surrounding area. We select merchandise based on ethical and sustainable criteria as well as aesthetic appeal, and are dedicated to eliminating single use plastic.

We are the only specialist art bookshop in Hastings, stocking a large selection of books for all tastes and ages, relating to the history of Modern British and contemporary art, art theory, and guides for personal artistic practice.

Our children’s gifts include gorgeous art and story books, colouring-in and activity packs, and seaside-themed games.

Browse our compact selection of acclaimed Cass Art materials which, complemented by recycled Hastings Contemporary sketch and notebooks, will help both budding and proficient artists realise their creative talents.

All shop profits help to support our exhibitions, Learning & Participation programmes.

View our returns policy here.

© Pete Jones

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