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Lewes Castle & Barbican House Museum

Lewes

Type:Castle / Fort

Barbican House, 169 High Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1YE

Tel: +44 01273 486290

Lewes Castle & Barbican House Museum

About

"You can see Lewes lying like a box of toys under a great amphitheatre of chalky hills." So wrote William Morris, one of the many to comment on the idyllic setting of this historic town.

High above the medieval streets stands Lewes Castle, begun soon after 1066 by William de Warenne as his stronghold in Sussex and added to over the next 300 years, culminating in the magnificent Barbican. Steep climbs to the top of this and the adjacent keep are rewarded with spectacular views.

Next door, in Barbican House Museum, explore the archeological history of Sussex and the changing exhibitions in the upper gallery and visit the specialist history and archeological bookshop on the ground floor.

Find out more about things to do in Sussex or discover more castles in South East England.

Lewes Castle Reviews (from Google)

Average rating 4.25/5 from 4 reviews.

  • Self-guided tour. Most of the spaces are sparse with only brief explanations, but it is a wonderful experience to peer over the battlements and imagine how it must have been to defend such a site -- and how difficult it would be to attack. The little museum outside the castle is well stocked with information.
    John, 2017 - 3 stars
  • Really interesting background in to the history of Lewes. Great views!
    Matthew, 2017 - 5 stars
  • Great views to be had from such a high vantage point. There is not a lot of actual castle to see but definitely worth a visit 
    Simon, 2017 - 4 stars
  • Nice cute castle
    Laura, 2016 - 5 stars

Facilities

Establishment Features

  • Groups by arrangement
  • Groups welcome
  • Guided tours by arrangement
  • Licensed for weddings & ceremonies
  • No Pets
  • Open all year round
  • Open Christmas
  • Open New Year
  • Open on bank holidays
  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • On street parking only
  • Railway station within 5 miles
  • Railway station within walking distance

Payment Methods

  • American Express accepted
  • Blue Badge Guides admitted free
  • Maestro Accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Visa accepted

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction
  • Outdoor Attraction

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

Travel & Trade

  • Group discounts available

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

Lewes Castle is located centrally in Lewes off the High Street, a few minutes walk from the bus and railway stations. Lewes is easily accessed from the A27, A26 and A275; drivers using the A27 should enter the town from the eastern end of the Lewes by-pass via the Cuilfail Tunnel. Lewes railway station is served by regular trains from Brighton, Eastbourne, Hastings and London.

Public Transport Directions

 

5 minutes walk from Lewes Train Station

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