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Lewes Castle & Barbican House Museum

Address: 169 High St, Lewes BN7 1YE, England
Phone Number: 01273 486290
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Ranked #5 of 19 Attractions in Lewes
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Lewes Castle is open year round, and has a wonderful view from the top of the Keep. Next door is...
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Type: Castles, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Lewes Castle is open year round, and has a wonderful view from the top of the Keep. Next door is the Barbican House Museum with displays of the history of Sussex.

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Cranleigh, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
14 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

We visited this in January on a clear, cold day. The views from the tower were fantastic! Unfortunately, like so many historical sites these days, the exhibits in the castle are designed for school children and the information has been dumbed down to be comprehensible and interesting to 7 - 10 year olds. It would be so nice if some... More 

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43 reviews 43 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Having recently moved to the area, we (my girlfriend and I) are trying to explore the local area. Lewes is known to be a lovely place to wander through, so we stopped for tea and browsed the shops (it can get quite busy) and walked through the town. We hadn't planned on going to the castle however we had a... More 

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west coast
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

A cute small castle. It was fun to go through looking at all the history. There was a couple of spots with extremely nice views of the town. The staircases are very narrow when you're climbing to the top so you have to watch your step. The interactive activities were a nice touch.

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Hove, United Kingdom
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59 reviews 59 reviews
15 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Interesting small castle with great views from the towers - but very narrow spiral staircases to get to the top. Best to go off-peak as it must take ages to get up and down when lots of people are trying to go both up and down!

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shoogs
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

A castle is a castle but if you visit the little shop opposite the entrance to the gardens the staff are very knowledgeable and proud of the history of their town and are pleased to tell you all the information you would want.

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London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Small castle in the centre of town. Not much here, but a couple of towers to climb and great views. Not worth a special visit to Lewes, but a nice way to have fun for about an hour.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
5 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Not the world's biggest castle by any means, but it's a very approachable one for smaller children and boys getting into knights and the like. The castle gets a lot of school visits, and as a result is well prepared for children. There are some fun dressing-up options in the castle itself. Parking is a problem: the castle is in... More 

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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Great Norman castle, great views down the valley. Well worth a visit and an excellent example of a Norman Castle. Right on the centre of town. The Museum is packed full of interesting artefacts. Go an enjoy.

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Croydon, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
35 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

A great Norman castle right in the centre of the town and charming terraced gardens within the castle walls. The views from the tower's roof are well worth the climb; not too difficult but sensible shoes are a good idea. The adjacent museum is excellent with an informative video and town model that explains the town's development over the centuries... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

situated in the centre of the town, the veiws from the top are well worth the climb up the stairs, loved the barbican tower and adjacent museum

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