Our Favourite Haunts - Where to visit in Lewes this weekend

21st March 2014

Lewes Castle

It's officially Spring! Birds are singing, the flowers are blooming and we get that little reminder of why we love living and working in East Sussex. There are so many fantastic places to visit and trails to walk within the most incredible countryside, we are utterly spoilt for choice. One of our favourite haunts is just a ten minute walk up the hill from our Darcey shop, in Cliffe High Street, Lewes.

Lewes Castle was built in 1069 by William de Warenne, 1st Earl of Surrey, the brother-in-law of William the Conqueror. Originally known as Bray Castle, it stands at the highest part of the historic town of Lewes, East Sussex.

The castle was gifted to Sussex Archaeological Society by Mr Thomas-Stanford (later Sir Charles Thomas-Stanford) in 1922. At almost 1000 years old and with stunning panoramic views across Sussex, Lewes Castle is a magnificent piece of history and a well loved tourist attraction within the town.

Tickets are sold from Barbican House, just opposite the entrance gate, and include access to the Barbican House Museum of Sussex archaeology and the Town Model. There is a gift shop and bookshop, with various events taking place throughout the year at the castle.

Open from March to October between 10am and 5:30pm and November to February between 10am and 4:30pm. Sundays, Mondays and Bank Holidays opening from 11am.

  • Admission prices:
  • Adult £7.00
  • Child £3.60
  • Concessions £6.40
  • Family £18.80 (1 adult and 4 children, or 2 adults and 2 children).

Combined admission with Anne of Cleves House:

  • Adult £10.50
  • Child £5.50
  • Concessions £9.50
  • Family £28.00 (1 adult plus 4 children, or 2 adults and 2 children).
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