Lewes

Eastbourne

Type:Town

Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2DE

Tel: 01273 483448

View of Lewes above Lewes Castle

About

At the heart of rural Sussex lies the beautiful county town of Lewes - a mixture of the unusual and intriguing and so typically Sussex.

Its medieval streets, old English churches and tiny twittens (a Sussex word for alleyway) allow visitors a glimpse into the true essence of bygone Lewes. Although surrounded by chalk cliffs, the townscape is dominated by the remains of a Norman castle and is also home to the handsome townhouse of Anne of Cleves (fourth wife of King Henry Vlll). Lewes also claims host to numerous contemporary art galleries and historic & special interest sites including the once mighty Priory of St. Pancras - a casualty of the dissolution of the monasteries.

Lewes is a market town of small, specialist, independent retailers and on certain days, the subtle aromas wafting from Harvey’s Brewery will attract any visitor to Cliffe High Street. Bookshops, boutiques and antique centres sit alongside individual craft workshops, and the restaurants, cafes, and pubs offer delicious choices all year round with real emphasis on local produce.

Things to do near Lewes

A short drive from Lewes reveals an abundance of tourist attractions making the town of Lewes an attractive base for a short break.

  • Lewes Castle, nearly 1,000 years old, this castle offers fantastic views of the medieval streets below.
  • No visit to Lewes is complete without spending some time in the Needlemakers with its ancient brickwork, massive beams and echoes of a fascinating industrial past.
  • Plumpton Racecourse is one of the smallest in the country and therefore offers great views across the whole course in its 16 racedays between September and May.
  • Continuing the views theme, Ditchling Beacon is the highest point in East Sussex and the perfect landmark to take in the South Downs area of Lewes.
  • Take a family day out at Drusillas Park, widely known as the best small zoo in Europe, less than 10 miles from Lewes.
  • Take a trip into Eastbourne just 15 miles from Lewes to enjoy time by the sea.
  • Established as a charity over 50 years ago with over 100 members, The Sussex Guild Shop & Gallery are a group of local professional designers and makers of fine, contemporary and traditional craftwork - the shop can be found on the high street.

Find out what's happening this weekend near Lewes in our Sussex events guide or explore the local area in the towns and villages near Lewes using the 'what's nearby' section below.

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What's Nearby

  1. The Needlemakers

    A converted 19thC candle factory housing variety of different craft workshops. Visitors…

    0.13 miles away
  2. Lewes Castle & Barbican House Museum

    Climb the zig-zag steps of this 1000 year old Norman castle for stunning views of Sussex.…

    0.18 miles away
  3. Anne of Cleves House

    Anne of Cleves House formed part of her divorce settlement from Henry VIII in 1541. This…

    0.35 miles away
  1. Wellingham Walled Herb Garden

    An 18thC landscaped walled herb garden with many statues and a gazebo. The herbs are…

    2.8 miles away
  2. Firle Place

    A Tudor house with Georgian additions in downland park setting. Important English and…

    4.08 miles away
  3. Stanmer Park

    With its beautiful woodland walks and extensive open lands, Stanmer Park is just as…

    4.82 miles away
  4. Plumpton Racecourse

    Plumpton Racecourse is one of the most successful smaller jump racecourses in the…

    4.86 miles away
  5. Charleston

    Charleston, the home of the artists Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell (sister of Virgina…

    5.36 miles away
  6. Saltdean Beach

    Saltdean beach is shingle between rock groynes backed by high chalk cliffs and at low…

    5.44 miles away
  7. Paradise Park

    Find out why Paradise Park is the perfect day out for all ages with images, essential…

    5.49 miles away
  8. Brighton Racecourse

    Brighton Racecourse is the fun and friendly seaside racecourse
    overlooking the Brighton…

    6.13 miles away
  9. Stoneywish Nature Reserve

    Fifty acres of ponds and meadows with wildlife walk and large play/picnic area.…

    6.31 miles away
  10. Brighton Marina

    Brighton Marina is the largest marina in the UK and has plenty to do for all ages, within…

    6.41 miles away
  11. Phoenix Brighton

    Contemporary artworks, changing exhibitions. Generally open Tues-Sat 11am-5pm, Check…

    6.96 miles away
  12. Garden Pride Garden Centre

    Large garden centre with pet and aquatic franchises. Coffee shop serving home-cooked food.

    6.99 miles away
  13. Ridgeview Wine Estate

    Ridgeview was established in 1995 and is renowned as a pioneer in emerging English…

    6.99 miles away
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