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Opening times

Wednesday – Sunday, and bank holidays
11am – 5pm, last entry 4.30pm

We are open on the upcoming bank holiday, Monday 27 May from 11am – 5pm.

A young visitor to our Ibrahim El-Salahi exhibition 2022



£11 / £10 without donation

Locals – for Hastings and Rother residents

£5.50  / £5 without donation

Art Fund

£5.50 / £5 without donation



Under 18s


Members and Patrons


Pension Credit, unemployed, PIP, DLA and carers



Gift Aid: If you are a UK taxpayer, please purchase a ticket plus donation to support Hastings Contemporary even further.
For concessions, proof of address/eligibility will be requested at the front desk.

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Getting here

Hastings Contemporary
Rock-a-Nore Road
Hastings TN34 3DW

Getting here by car

The gallery is located just off the A259. There are a number of car parks within walking distance of the gallery. Our nearest ones are Rock-a-Nore Road, The Bourne and Pelham Place.

Getting here by taxi

There is a taxi rank at Hastings Railway Station. The 5-minute journey to the gallery costs about £6.

Getting here by train

Hastings Contemporary is approximately 15 minutes’ walk from Hastings train station. Direct train services run regularly to London, Brighton and Ashford International. The 20, 100 and 101 buses from the train station stop at the Stade bus stop which is a short walk away.


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.

Our building is wheelchair accessible, with step free access and a lift serving both floors. Two wheelchairs are available – please let us know when you book your visit if you would like to use one.

There is an accessible toilet on the ground floor. We have male and female toilets and gender neutral single cubicle toilets.

Lightweight portable stools and large print labels are available – please ask at the front desk. We are a Dementia Friendly venue. Assistance dogs are welcome. We are sorry, but other dogs are not allowed in the gallery.

We regret there is no onsite parking. The pavement outside is wide enough for visitors to be dropped at the door and there are 15 blue badge parking spaces in Rock-a-Nore car park.

To help plan your visit or to discuss your individual needs, please contact us: | 01424 728377


Gallery admission is free for up to four under 18s per adult ticket. Baby changing facilities are located on the first floor. Ask a member of staff about buggy storage. We are a Breastfeeding Friendly venue. We have free lockers on site for visitors use.

Family Days take place on Thursdays during school holidays and include a drop-in creative activity in our studio run by a local artist, as well as self-guided activities throughout the gallery. Children go free and there’s no need to book – just turn up and enjoy!

Explore all our events for families and children.


Our shop showcases a wide range of gifts, inspired by our programme of world-class exhibitions and the gallery’s coastal location.

We take pride in supporting over 25 local artists and makers, featuring unique collections of ceramics, homeware, toys, jewellery, accessories, prints and cards. Every purchase directly supports the work of Hastings Contemporary.

You don’t have to visit the gallery to browse our shop. Visit our online shop to find a selection of items, as well as exclusively available original artworks by Sir Quentin Blake.

Members receive a 10% discount in the shop and cafe.

Hastings Contemporary


Located on the upper floor with a balcony and beautiful sea views, our cafe is open during gallery opening times. We serve a range of hot drinks, freshly baked cakes, hot and cold lunch options, and bar drinks and snacks.

We are lucky to be surrounded by independent businesses and craftspeople and endeavour to source our produce from Hastings, Sussex, Kent and South East England.

Members receive a 10% discount in the shop and cafe.

Coastal Culture Trail

3 award winning galleries, 18 miles of coastline

Visit Hastings Contemporary, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-sea and Towner Eastbourne, across 18 miles of stunning East Sussex coastline.

Book your train tickets, hire a bike or walk and start your adventure today.

Discover more about this unique trail here.

To explore everything else that our diverse region has to offer head to Sussex Modern for art, landscape and wine recommendations and 1066 Country for the tourism offer of this fascinating part of South East England.