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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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Description: 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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A historic place

If you want to get the full picture of Lewes you have to visit the Castle. It is lovingly preserved and the history gives you a good insight what Lewes and its proximity used to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 3, 2015
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Mansfield, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
19 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Everthing you might want for a castle visit. Not for those unsure about climbing a lot of steps. Well signed, staff very helpful. View from the top very good and in May the garden and borders were lovely to look at.

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United Kingdom
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

If you want to get the full picture of Lewes you have to visit the Castle. It is lovingly preserved and the history gives you a good insight what Lewes and its proximity used to be. Once again, to us it worked like an eye-opener and showed that early life was a total different Story in order to what we... More 

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Spalding, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Amazing views of the surrounding area from the Keep of this Castle. Pretty gardens. Well maintained & lots of information. Options for children to dress up if they wanted to - always fun for kids. Lovely town with plenty to see if you wanted to spend the day - Lewes priory ruins & park, Anne of Cleves House (discounted admission... More 

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Amersham, United Kingdom
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40 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

I was a bit apprehensive about visiting the castle as I suffer from severe vertigo but the newly created(?) shallow zigzag steps were fine, though somewhat anachronistic. The view from the top was excellent though I have to admit I didn't do the final spiral staircase. The museum was interesting, but small. All in all, worth visiting but it won't... More 

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Lewes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Lewes castle is well worth going to, it sit on a mound in the middle of the town, myself and my son are regular visitors. Don't forget to go in the museum before you go to the castle it gives great insight into the history of the area

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Hamilton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

I liked this castle because it was well maintained even though it is partly a ruin. But the walks and stairs have been recently rebuilt and it was a nice climb up to the top of the tower. The view was very nice of the Town of Lewes. I liked that you could see where the town has spread into... More 

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

I truly enjoyed this visit - it was great to see the remnants of the castle and the history lessons peppered around on various plaques. I would definitely go back to visit the museum as I don't think it was ready when I was there. Great day out!

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Brighton, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

You need to go on a clear day as the 360 degree views from the top of the castle - involving a number of steps and a spiral staircase - are lovely. Steeped in history it is worth the visit.

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Sussex, UK
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34 reviews 34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Good location. Plenty of car parks available and accessike within five minutes (by foot) from the train station. Lots of exciting nooks and crannies for little children to explore including several dressing up boxes for all to dress up in! Most areas of the tower is accessible but be warned the spiral staircase can be steep and narrow in certain... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

This is a beautiful ruin. There's enough left to visualise how it must have dominated the town. Indeed, it still does! Pick a clear day and venture to the top tower for some amazing views. The museum is fascinating too, small but with lots packed in.

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