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Lewes Castle & Barbican House Museum

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Address: 169 High Street, Lewes BN7 1YE, England
Phone Number: +44 1273 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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Interesting and well presented

Both the castle and the associated museum (which are on the same ticket), were well worth a visit. There are lots of stairs to climb to the top of the keep and to the top of the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Harrow
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177 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Both the castle and the associated museum (which are on the same ticket), were well worth a visit. There are lots of stairs to climb to the top of the keep and to the top of the Barbican but the views were worth it. There were lots of explanatory texts throughout the castle. The museum is housed in the same... More 

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Worthing, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a well preserved ruin of a castle with lovely gardens and accessible steps leading to the very top of the keep where you can view the surrounding countryside for miles around. Good historical information is available at frequent stops along the route . The museum is well presented and the film about the towns history is particularly interesting... More 

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Southend-on-Sea, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were expecting a little more to be seen than there actually is; and to learn a bit more about its history. If you are visiting Lewes it is convenient in the High St but don't plan on much more than an hour to visit.

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Kettering, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited with the wife and her friend for the day on a 'shopping'trip. What a relief to spot the castle sign which got me out of shops. Thought the price was reasonable for entry and guide book. Staff were very helpful & knowledgeable giving instruction on how to enter with the key and the best way to go around. Visited... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Although it does seem a bit pricey, like someone else said (£20.50 combined ticket for two for this place and House of Anne Cleves), the awesome 360-degree views and countryside views make it well worth it. I recommend going in the fall, as we went this past Sunday, and the different leave colours add a particular magnificence I think would... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016

The views from Lewes Castle are amazing - you can see for miles around and on a clear day it is fantastic. There is some information on the surrounding area available. The visit seemed a little expensive for what it is, but we appreciate that it helps fund the upkeep. We spent about an hour here, you can look at... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016 via mobile

Visited the castle in half-term week as part of an afternoon trip to Lewes. The situation at the top of the town with panoramic views in every direction is the key point with this castle, and it brings home the way in which castles were situated in such vantage points- accentuated by the fact that Lewes is a 'gap' town... More 

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Rye, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

We visited Lewes and ended up here, great views from the Castle, Interesting museum, reasonably priced. Not much else there to be honest and the Castle isn't huge but the views are worth it.

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016 via mobile

We had planned to take our kids to the Knights and dragons day. We drove over an hour to get to the event with 2 very excited 9 year old boys. When we arrived we were told that the afternoon session had been cancelled due to lack of interest. We arrived at 2pm so it wasn't even that late. Our... More 

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

Along with some TG friends staying in nearby Eastbourne, we caught the train to Lewes with the aim of having a cultural visit to the town, the itenary was to include the castle, Anne of Cleves House and the Summerland gardens. Having walked up the steep hill form the station, located the tourist office for more info, which pointes us... More 

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