Today Hastings, England, located 55 mi/90 km southeast of London, is a South Coast town with rows of unappealing seaside boardinghouses, run-down amusements and a gravelly beach. But in 1066, the Normans under William the Conqueror landed there in the last successful invasion of Britain. The famous battle was fought 6 mi/10 km northwest of the coastal town. Visit Battle Abbey (built on the site of King Harold's defense line) and take the guided tour of the battlefield—located in the town of Battle, of course. Unless you're really interested in this aspect of Britain's history, we don't recommend visiting.

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