Battle Abbey 1066 Battlefield: Today peaceful with wild flowers and birdsong, this evocative landscape once played host to thousands of men. Fighting for the future of king and country.

Explore the battlefield and picture it full of life (and death) on the day that England’s history changed forever.

The Anglo-Saxons held the ridge – now under the abbey buildings – whilst the Norman invaders attacked. Follow the full course of the battle with an audio guide.

See the impressive new wood carved sculpture trail. During wet weather, a shorter route along the terrace provides views out over the battlefield landscape and allows visitors to listen to the audio tour from a more comfortable vantage point.

Battle Abbey was a well-endowed royal foundation. Its establishment had real distinction by the circumstances in which it came into being. The high altar of the church took position on the precise the spot where King Harold died (apparently).

Still dominating the town, as intended to, is the great gatehouse of 1338 and its adjacent precinct wall. The crenellations, arrow slits and wall-walk make the gatehouse look very defensive.

The abbey layout followed a conventional Benedictine plan for northern Europe. So, as usual, the claustral buildings are to the south of the church. Most of the abbey buildings were reconstructed in the 13th century. After the closure of the abbey in 1538 the majority were demolished or gradually became ruinous from neglect. However, a number of important buildings still survive.

To visit Battle Abbey near Battle by coach contact Holt Services