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Lewes Castle & Barbican House Museum

Barbican House 169 High Street, Lewes BN7 1YE, England
+44 1273 486290
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A must see for castle lovers

I loved the castle inside and out: We could climb pretty high with a wonderful view from the top... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
ildicho
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Dunstable, United Kingdom
Great views, big story

We've visited a lot of Norman period castles this spring. The castle at Lewes is one of the most... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Northern_Ibis
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Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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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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Barbican House 169 High Street, Lewes BN7 1YE, England
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I loved the castle inside and out: We could climb pretty high with a wonderful view from the top. In some levels there were medieval looking customs for children (or other guests) they could try on. It is such an old building with a fascinating...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We've visited a lot of Norman period castles this spring. The castle at Lewes is one of the most interesting ones. While it's a "ruin," important parts of the castle complex remain standing, and there is good access to two towers (on the upper and...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My enduring memory after visiting Lewes Castle is not the 11th century ruin, but the superb views of the East Sussex countryside and charming gardens. Whilst the ruins of this castle are atmospheric, you cannot envisage what life was like centuries ago, unless you visit...More

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Reviewed May 17, 2018 via mobile

A small ruin of a norman castle on the hills of Lewes with a nice garden. You can't see much of the castle itself but you get an idea how it was and have astonishing views on the countryside. There're many stairs and very narrow...More

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Reviewed May 17, 2018 via mobile

This castle is right in the middle of the town of Lewis in East Sussex England. It’s a little hike to the top but well worth it for the view of the surrounding area.

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Reviewed May 13, 2018

Having a guide to give historical reference to the castle and ruins is an ideal way to explore this treasure. Expect to climb many steps and stairs to gain the best experience. This castle and associated battles has very great significance in our nation's history...More

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Reviewed May 10, 2018

The story of Lewes sets you of on this adventure, using a video story and a magnificent scale model of the town in Victorian times. The route leads you on a magnificent tour of the castle with lots of interesting signs and labels as you...More

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Reviewed May 2, 2018

For a few quid you get to look round the very interesting museum of the town and go into the castle grounds and right up to the top of the castle. Pay gift-aid and you can get in for a whole year which makes it...More

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Reviewed April 15, 2018

When I visited Lewes, the weather was overcast with an occasional sprinkling. However, the castle silhouetted against the brooding sky, lent considerable atmosphere to the setting . I particularly enjoyed the panoramic view from the walls near the Keep, which overlooks the city and the...More

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Reviewed April 12, 2018

Sure, it's not the Tower of London but there is enough to see, it's well presented and the views over Lewes and the Downs put it into context. Enjoyable couple of hours.

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els54
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Response from 350steve | Reviewed this property |
Hi, there isn't a cafe on site but there is a Cafe Nero within a few minutes, there is a pub across the road (The Brewers Arms) which is very good and i think they do coffee etc. If memory serves correct, the entry for the... More
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July 20, 2016|
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Response from Susan J | Reviewed this property |
10am-5.30pm but sometimes it closes earlier on Saturdays if there are functions.
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