Tourism

Tourism to the Island began with the construction of the Royal Hotel in 1825.

The first meeting of the flat races, fixed to be held for two days annually at Hayling, came off under extremely unfavourable circumstances..... Heavy rain fell during the whole of the day and this discomfiture was considerably increased by the fact that there was no railway communication from Havant, as had been anticipated, the government [...]

Back in the late 1940's one of many miniature railways in the Island's railway history, ran immediately in front of the Lifeboat Inn, at pretty much the same location as today's Hayling Seaside Railway's Eastoke Corner terminus. The little pyramid roofed building just left of centre of the picture survived until very recently, and was [...]