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Lewes Castle & Barbican House Museum

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Address: 169 High St, Lewes BN7 1YE, England
Phone Number: 01273 486290
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Lewes Castle is open year round, and has a wonderful view from the top of...

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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good value, great views

I went to the castle for the first time with friends visiting from overseas. Great views. informative. And when i did gift-aid i seem to get an annual pass to the castle for my... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 weeks ago
ian h
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South Chailey, United Kingdom
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
17 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

As a fan of castles and English medieval history I was disappointed. The promotional photographs give the impression that the castle is more intact than it actually is.The views are spectacular form the top of the tower. The information boards are most informative.

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Thank Mark M
Tonbridge, England, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had a lovely 2 hours wandering around the castle and enjoying the views.The cost wasn't ridiculous and as I gift aided I can return throughout the year. Be good to come back in the Summer.

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Thank Earl1765
Reading, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The castle was really interesting from the outside, but the interiors had been plastered and painted white. This the interior didn't look anything like a castle interior. Also for a £7 entry fee the castle wasn't very big, so the price was not in line with similar sized castles. The garden area around the castle was very pretty though.

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Thank Rachel H
winchester
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51 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our trip around the castle and Museum. The castle has lots and lots of stairs, which are very easy to climb, and the view from the top of the main castle and the separate fort is magnificent. Very friendly staff.

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Thank happylady02
South Chailey, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I went to the castle for the first time with friends visiting from overseas. Great views. informative. And when i did gift-aid i seem to get an annual pass to the castle for my one entrance fee. Excellent value. will definitely be back

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Thank ian h
Colchester, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015 via mobile

We visited Lewes castle on a very wet day. Despite that the castle ruins were very picturesque and the view from the castle keep was stunning. The story of the castle is well told in the rooms of the keep and Barbican. You have to be relatively fit - there are lots of steps! We visited the same day as... More 

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Thank StDu
Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

We hope to return to see the castle properly but we we're short of time on this particular day.-this review just applies to the warmth of our welcome at reception. All the attractions looked interesting however the person who greeted us was unable to smile and the whole impression was unfriendly. Lewes seemed to us to be a welcoming interesting... More 

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Thank APavl0va
Brighton, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015 via mobile

I've visited Lewes Castle on several occasions over the years and it is always a memorable trip. The staff are friendly, knowledgeable and have great customer service skills. The views from the top of the castle are stunning, a great place to visit with family, friends or your partner. I strongly recommend visiting this historic and intriguing location if you... More 

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Sevenoaks
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415 reviews
119 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015 via mobile

The castle does not have many exhibits inside but the most is made of what it has! The views are fantastic from the castle with a 360 degree view of Lewes. The museum, particularly the film gave a good insight into the history. Of Lewes. Helpful reception staff.

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Thank Plattypuss52
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

Excellent views from the top. Watch out, lots of steps! Also visit the adjacent Barbican House museum.

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