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Lewes Castle & Barbican House Museum

169 High St, Lewes BN7 1YE, England
01273 486290
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Ranked #6 of 15 Attractions in Lewes
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles
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... more » 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. « less
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Montbrison-sur-Lez, France
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

I had seen a BBC News item on the Battle of Lewes Tapestry several months ago and today, last day of my Sussex holiday, persuaded my family to take me there. What a special treat! Went to Lewes Castle to see it today and, oh!, how I wish I had learnt to sew & stitch & knit. A wonderful work... More

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west london
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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Very nice as castles go, not big but interesting rooms, towers and spiral staircases. Nice little green inside with flowers. Children would probably like it.

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Lewes Castle was important historically, but the museum and castle buildings are quite small. There are not a great many spectacular artefacts, but they are well displayed with good signage. There is a good short film on Lewes history that is well worth watching. It is a long climb up a series of spiral staircases to get to the top... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Well presented - the extensive display within the museum and clear information make the visit to the Castle even more enjoyable. Great views and in such a central local. A visit to the shops and craft centre make it simple to have a day trip!

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Grays Thurrock, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Lewes Castle is a must see if your into history. One big problem with Lewes is parking !!!!, anyway back to the castle, it is really worth the walk up the steps to the VERY TOP,if only for the view, from the top you can see Lewes prison, where Mick Jagger (of Rolling Stones fame) was housed for a while... More

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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15 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Starting with the museum, the castle & grounds are a very interesting, well preserved & well presented piece of history. The museum, while small, contained interesting facts & historical data relating to the area. The castle & grounds are well kept & very tidy. It's quite a climb to the top but well worth it when you see the views... More

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PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We loved the historical video presentation before our tour of the castle grounds. We learned so much about the significance of the area that we never knew. So much information and so many connections to our own home area. I wasn't sure I could make it all the way up the stairs, but they are well spaced and really do-able.... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Set in a great little town this castle is a fine example. Reasonably priced with great views of the lovely Sussex countryside.

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italy
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

After having paid the ticket and walked up the long staircase everything seemed quite promising, beautiful grounds, well kept garden, nice view...the external walls were the last interesting thing we saw as once in there is absolutely NOTHING, that is if you 're not interested in old white paint peeling from the walls inside the small room...what a disappointment! And... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This is a very interesting side visit in the lovely town of Lewes. Apparently built by the most important noble in England shortly after 1066 and battle of Hastings. Was itself close to important battle in 1200's which led to establishment of parliament. Information boards quite well presented. Impressive gate and barbican. Can be combined with visit to Anne of... More

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