Lewes Castle Castles

Lewes Castle
169 High Street, East Sussex


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From the high towers of Lewes Castle visitors can see both the town and the distant views of downs, river and forest. The best way to appreciate this view is to visit Barbican House Museum first and watch 'The Story of Lewes Town', a sound and light show based on a scale model of the town.

The castle was begun soon after 1066 by William de Warenne as his stronghold in Sussex but not completed until 300 years later with the building of the magnificent Barbican. A later owner of the castle was Thomas Read Kemp, local MP and the architect of Brighton's Kemptown. Barbican House Museum now houses the Sussex Archaeological Society's archaeology collections, a changing temporary exhibition gallery and a specialist bookshop providing books on all aspects of history and archaeology.

During the summer, the castle garden provides a magnificent stage for theatrical, musical and interpretation events for all the family.

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VenueLewes Castle
Address169 High Street, East Sussex, Lewes, Sussex, BN7 1YE
Opening times10am - 5.30pm
Entry costs
Attraction typeCastles

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