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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 #4 of 38 things to do 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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York, United Kingdom
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181 reviews 181 reviews
79 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Spent a lovely morning going around this castle with lots of information at every turn. Views from the top of the turrets is spectacular and the history is very interesting. Well worth a visit.

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Hailsham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

You can opt for a savings ticket for Anne of Cleves house and Lewes Castle, which we did and spent the majority of the day travelling around Lewes and finding out all about the town's past. Brilliant day out.

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Potto, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

Well worth a visit. As wel as the great views, the castle makes sense of the landscape and history of the town. The staff in the adjacent museum are very knowledgeable and there's a lovely second hand book shop selling local subject matter.

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Lewes, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Lewes is a unique market town in East Sussex very much off the beaten track. It is full of history and every other step places you by a monument to a past event beit protestant martyrs, the origins of the American constitution and the French revolution to the castle where arguable modern democracy began. The people of Lewes celebrate the... More 

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Windsor, United Kingdom
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29 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Even though there isn't a massive amount to see and do at the castle I still feel it is good value for money. The small museum contains a lot of information about the history of the area and the battle of Lewes so it is very interesting. The castle itself is really just a climb up a lot of stairs,... More 

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Bath, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
18 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

My boyfriend and I visited early on a Friday morning and were the only ones in the entire place - it was nice to be able to enjoy something so interesting without being obscured by other people so I'd recommend it just as it's opening. The views were lovely from the top of the castle, there was a lot of... More 

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Cranleigh, United Kingdom
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14 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

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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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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12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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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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