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Hasting Contemporary exterior

Opening times

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

Festive opening times:

Until 23 December – Open as usual, 11am – 5pm
24 – 26 December – Closed
27 – 30 December – Open as usual, 11am – 5pm
31 December – Open 11am – 3pm
1 January – Open as usual, 11am – 5pm
2 – 10 January – Closed for our winter break

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 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 £5.

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, which is a short walk to the gallery.

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.

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 carpark.


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.

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!

Look closely at our current exhibition by Roland Hick’s with this free ‘I spy’ activity sheet.



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. 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

Hastings Contemporary Café

Located on the upper floor with a balcony and beautiful sea views, our café is open during gallery opening times and is ideal for a quick pit-stop. We serve a range of teas and barista coffee, as well as bar drinks and snacks.

Winter 2023: The café is now serving hearty, hot savoury dishes and a selection of delicious cakes, freshly baked on the premises. Choose from roasted vegetable flan,  soup of the day,  mushrooms or sardines on toast and our ever-popular cheese scone.

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

Hastings Contemporary members receive a 10% discount at the café and shop.

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.