Lewes Castle & Museum

Lewes

Type:Castle / Fort

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

Tel: +44 01273 486290

Lewes Castle in Lewes, East Sussex

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 of Lewes in East Sussex, 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. Climb the steep steps to the top and be rewarded with spectacular views over the town. Discover the towns story, with a short film and model of Lewes.  Look out for talks and workshops throughout the year. 

Visit the adjoining Museum of Sussex Archaeology to view artefacts from prehistoric to medieval Sussex, plus temporary exhibitions that showcase treasures from our collections.

Combine your visit to Lewes Castle with the chance to explore Anne of Cleves House, just a 10 minutes walk away and enjoy an insight into Tudor and Elizabethan life too during your time within the town.  A visit to both attractions must take place on the same day - just present your combined ticket on arrival. 

 

Book Tickets

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£9.00
Child£5.00
Concession£8.50
Family (2+4)£24.00
Joint Adult Lewes Castle & Anne of Cleves£13.50
Joint Child Lewes Castle & Anne of Cleves£7.50
Joint Family 2+4 Lewes Castle & Anne of Cleves£40.00
Joint Senior Lewes Castle & Anne of Cleves£12.50

A reduced price for groups of 10 or more is available.

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

10 minutes walk between Lewes Castle and Anne of Cleves House - combined tickets available.

Gradings

  • Quality Assured Visitor Attraction VB Attraction
Quality Assured Visitor Attraction VB Attraction

Awards

  • Visit England Awards -Code of Practice Code of Practice 2011
  • Tourism South East Award -Tourism South East Member - Gold Tourism South East Member - Gold 2022

Opening Times

2022 (1 Nov 2022 - 28 Feb 2023)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00
Bank Holiday10:00 - 16:00*
2023 (1 Mar 2023 - 31 Oct 2023)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:30*

* Last admission 30 minutes before closing time, gift and bookshop open until closing.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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