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Hasting Contemporary exterior

Opening times

Wednesday – Sunday (and Bank Holidays and Coronation Day)
11am – 5pm
(last entry 4.30pm)

Changeover period

Please note that the Foreshore gallery and café will be closed on Wednesday 7, Thursday 8 and Friday 9 June.

The gallery will remain open on Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 June for people to visit the Soutine I Kossoff exhibition. For those two days admission will be half-price.

The entire gallery will be closed on Friday 9 June.

Thank you for your understanding.

To view our current brochure, click here

Mother and daughter looking at some artwork



£10 with Gift Aid, £9 without


£9 with Gift Aid, £8 without

Art Fund

£5 with Gift Aid, £4.50 without

Children under 18


Local residents (TN34, TN35, TN37, TN38)

£5.50 with Gift Aid, £5 without

Disabled & carers (with PIP or carer status)


Students & unemployed


Gift Aid: the ticket price includes a £1 voluntary donation, allowing Hastings Contemporary to claim Gift Aid on the whole amount.

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Getting here

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

Getting here by train

Hastings Contemporary is approximately 15 minutes’ walk from Hastings Railway Station. Direct train services run regularly to Hastings from London Victoria, London Charing Cross, Brighton and Ashford International. The 20 and 100 buses from Hastings Railway Station stop at the Stade bus stop, from which it is a short walk to the gallery.

Getting here by car

For those of you driving, 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 £5.

Group visits

Guided and self-guided group visits are always welcome, from private groups, schools, universities, and tourist groups.

Please contact to book 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.

There is a lift between the ground and first floor spaces and an accessible toilet on the ground floor. Two wheelchairs are available – please let us know when you book your visit if you would like to use one. Lightweight portable stools are available.

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.


Gallery admission is free for up to four children (under 18) 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.

Hastings Contemporary launched Family Days in the summer of 2022 with great success. Family Days are here to stay and take place every Thursday during school holidays. Family Days include a drop in creative activity in our studio run by a local artist, as well as guided and self-guided activities throughout the gallery. Children go free and there’s no need to book – just turn up and enjoy!

For more information on the upcoming Family Days, please go to the What’s On page.



The Hastings Contemporary 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. Our shop is also the only specialist art bookshop in the town, focusing on modern and contemporary British art. We constantly work to develop our selection of gifts, books, and art materials. 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.

Hastings Contemporary Café

We are very excited to announce that we are currently working on a new café offer that we will launch on Saturday 10 June to coincide with the opening of our new show Yun Hyong-keun, the first UK public gallery exhibition of this Korean master.

Following two successful years running our café and using it to train many young people in the art of hospitality, Education Futures Trust will be leaving Hastings Contemporary on Sunday 4 June to concentrate exclusively on their training provision. Until then the café will only be serving tea, coffee, soft drinks and delicious cakes.

The Drift Café will stay open on bank holiday Monday 29 May and throughout the May half-term week. Hastings Contemporary members can still enjoy their discount throughout this period and take in the great views.

Please note that the café will be closed on Wednesday 7, Thursday 8 and Friday 9 June.

The gallery will remain open to the public on Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 June for people to visit the Soutine I Kossoff exhibition. Those two days admission will be half-price.

The gallery will be closed on Friday 9 June.

Thank you for your understanding during this transitional period. We look forward to welcoming you to our new café on Saturday 10 June.

Hastings Contemporary team

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.