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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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This is worth your time if you are interested in this kind of thing. It' small but very well set up for us to enjoy. There are quite a few steps and stairs so if mobility is an... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Orlando
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Interesting time spent in the museum gaining some more detailed history of Lewes. The castle ruins themselves were also interesting but pretty much typical with nothing really noteworthy. Nice view after a steep climb.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

this is a must visit if in lewes very well laid out and the views from the top are stunning, this is our second visit due to family holiday. combined with anne of cleves house made a great day out.

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Richmond, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This is worth your time if you are interested in this kind of thing. It' small but very well set up for us to enjoy. There are quite a few steps and stairs so if mobility is an issue, talk with the staff about what to expect.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Located just off the busy high street in lewes. It has steep stairs taking you to the top of the castle where you could see a magnificent view of sussex downs and the surrounding areas. it is well organised with a shop near by where you could purchase maps and booklets explaining the history of the castle.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Being on a week's leave from work, I decided to visit the Lewes Castle, as I visit the town each fortnight, and was interested to see it. What a pleasure it turned out to be! First surprise was that we obtained a 50% discount as members of English Heritage - a great way to start! The professional way in which... More 

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

Fantastic venue for outdoor plays and a great place for children of all ages that have a fetish about knights and castles. Perfect little shop for castle themed kids presents. Not a brilliant place to come if you are disabled due to all the steep slopes and stairs although I'm sure the staff would assist in any way possible- it... More 

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Selkirk, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

It's in the town & you can see large amounts of the surrounding area from the battlements. Not a huge amount of castle these days but as part of a visit to Lewes it's well worth it. There's some wonderful plants around the place as well.

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Lewes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Lewes castle, Barbican House and grounds have multiple interesting areas. You can climb the stairs to the roof of the Barbican and will find numerous exhibits and things to do on the way such as medieval costumes to try on and small building cranes modelled on the ones that would have been used to build the original castle.Mainly for children... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Although the castle looks smaller than other castles in the area I would recommend this one, the history is rich and the price of admittance is more than reasonable. There is so much to learn and what happened there impacted the whole country. I would go there again. I would recommend going when the weather is clear as the views... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

I hadn't been to the castle for years but reluctantly went along! What a pleasant surprise, the best views of Lewes I've ever seen. If I didn't live here already it would have made me want to move here. A really enjoyable couple of hours.

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Address: 169 High St, Lewes BN7 1YE, England
Phone Number: 01273 486290
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  East Sussex  >  Lewes

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