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Lewes Castle is a medieval castle in Lewes. Originally called Bray Castle, the castle itself occupies a commanding position that guards the gap in the South Downs and the River Ouse.
Lewes Castle and the Museum of Sussex Archaeology are a registered charity that opens historic houses and their ground to the public whilst undertaking and encouraging research through libraries and small research grants.
One of the most historical sites in Sussex, Lewes Castle has its own learning team who provide tours, handling of artefacts, storytelling, crafts and drama sessions.
If you climb to the top of the castle you can expect the most incredible panoramic views where you may even spot Bracken Mount in the distance, most unusually, Lewes Castle boats not one, but two castle mounds!
Lewes Castle is the perfect family-friendly day out as the castle boasts lots of opportunities for dressing up, trails and activity boxes for families and children to enjoy throughout their visit. You can even download activities to bring along with you from the website!
Not only is Lewes Castle steeped in history and surrounded by the most stunning views but Lewes Castle is now one of the few venues in which you can get married in the open air; how incredible would that be?! With ceremonies taking place underneath the ancient West Tower Archway adorned with beautiful rose bushes on either side, whilst your guests await you under the shade of the old Lime Tree; Lewes Castle is the perfect backdrop to accommodate your special day.
As a result of Covid-19 guidelines, entry to the museum entrance is now situated in Lewes High Street and a one-way system is in place to allow for social distancing. The museum is open with the exception of the Town Model room. The grounds remain open whilst the South and Barbican Towers are still closed – admission prices have been amended accordingly and as per Government guidelines face coverings are required to be worn inside the museum and shop.
For opening dates for October, please check the Lewes Castle website as these will be confirmed and updated soon.
Whether it’s a day of history or marvelling at stunning architecture you’re after; Lewes Castle has it all, as a registered charity, the site relies upon donations, admission fees and other purchase in order to remain open and maintain the site’s heritage, why not support some local history whilst enjoying your family day out?
Looking for more castles to visit in or near Sussex? Take a look here at 6 Castles You Just Have to Visit in Southeast England.