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Lewes Castle & Barbican House Museum

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Address: 169 High Street, 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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Lovely castle, lots of steps - wonderful for a wedding!

Had my wedding here in 2006 so Lewes Castle always holds a special place in my heart. My kids have both also had school trips here. It is a small ruined castle, with MANY steps... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Becky J
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The garden was quite nice, the views were very lovely. English Heritage members get half price discounts which made it really worth visiting for us. The information displays were quite interesting. Good morning out!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Had my wedding here in 2006 so Lewes Castle always holds a special place in my heart. My kids have both also had school trips here. It is a small ruined castle, with MANY steps so not that accessible. Lots of signs up to give you details of the castles history. Lovely views from the castle. I do find it... More 

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Manchester
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was in Brighton and got the train to Lewes for the day. The castle is very interesting. A great example of a Norman motte and Bailey castle. It is unusual because it has two mottes with a flat Bailey between. The remains are great to clamber on and the views across the countryside are fantastic. Worth a visit.

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Thank Citizenandrew
West Sussex, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I am being slightly unkind in giving this historical place an 'average' score but as a self-confessed castle geek there really is not a lot left to see of Lewes Castle. However, search more widely in Lewes and dig a little deeper and there is a fair bit of the fabric of the medieval settlement for you to find. Much... More 

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Thank Andy H
Ockley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lewes itself is a very nice, quaint town and this castle makes Lewes a place worthwhile to visit. On going in to the castle, I knew nothing about it or its history, but the signs throughout the castle informed us on its history all of its history, including some 'fun-facts', which helped me enjoy it a whole lot more! On... More 

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great views from this very interesting castle ...note is has 2 motes. good information and a good film .

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SUSSEX UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

it is best to visit here on a clear day as the view from the top of the castle is very good.the museum and book shop is also worth a visit

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When I visited, I felt so much more could be done to assist prospective visitors. For a start, there are direction signs for motorists but when you drive up the very narrow street, it only then becomes apparent here is not only no parking but no where to turn so you have to carry out a dangerous manoeuvre back onto... More 

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Gerrards Cross, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I toured the castle and grounds on a sunny day. Very interesting history clearly mapped out at stages around the castle. Great views from the ramparts. Interesting staff serving in the shop. Great location off the high Street make this a must place to visit

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Grays Thurrock, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited this castle the other week, when you get to the top of the keep you can see Lewes |Prison, which is where they imprisoned Mick Jagger (Rolling Stones fame) it's not that bad to walk to the top, visit and try

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