The history of Smugglers Adventure is a fascinating story, with the caves playing a mysterious role in the history of Hastings. It’s the perfect place to help you learn more about the smuggling history of the Sussex coast, so if you’re planning to pay us a visit, here is a little insight to what you should expect…

What is the Smugglers Adventure Experience?

Take a journey back in time to uncover the deep and dark secrets of the smugglers from centuries gone by. Our very own notorious smuggler Hairy Jack will lead you on an incredible journey through acres of hidden underground caverns, covert passages and unknown tunnels.

On your voyage through the history of these caverns and tunnels, you’ll be greeted by over 70 life-sized smuggler figures who will open your eyes to the dangerous and often blood-thirsty smuggling lifestyle.

Hairy Jack himself, mid-smuggling!

What will I find at Smugglers Adventure?

As you make your way through the caves, you’ll meet historic pirates, smugglers, and bootleggers who used these underground hideaways to stash their contraband. Not only will you learn about the history of smuggling in Britain during the 18th century, but you’ll also get the chance to join in!

That’s right, you don’t have to just watch the history of smugglers evolve – you can join them! Our interactive displays have hands-on games and activities for you to be a part of making your Smuggler’s Adventure a great day out for the whole family.

As part of the Smugglers Adventure, you can also visit the Chapel – but be warned! It’s the most haunted part of the caves and is colder than anywhere else.

Some parts of the attraction are dimly lit, but we sell torches at the admissions desk for those who aren’t keen on spending time in the dark with the smugglers.

Who would enjoy Smugglers Adventure?

Smugglers Adventure is the perfect destination for a family day out! Everyone from small children to older adults will find something to entertain and engage them, whether it’s the interactive displays or the thrilling history of the area.

The Smugglers Adventure is an educational and exciting experience, but some children of a nervous disposition or younger children may find some of the themes discussed scary, such as ghosts and mild gore/horror. If you experience any issues throughout your visit, please advise a member of staff immediately. It is a self-guided attraction, and we promise that no members of staff will be dressed in costume or try to scare you – unless at an advertised special event.

See you soon!

The smugglers are waiting to show you their history, and we can’t wait to help tell you their story. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to keep updated with new discoveries as we undercover the world of smuggling.

If you have any further questions, check out our FAQs or get in touch.

Enjoy your smuggling adventure!

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