Lewes Castle & Barbican House Museum

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Lewes Castle & Barbican House Museum

Lewes Castle & Barbican House Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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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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< 1 hour
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David L
Swansea, United Kingdom87 contributions
Oct 2021
Great couple of hours spent at this fantastic attraction. The views from the keep were amazing and showed Lewes in a whole new light. Museum and Film very interesting and the staff were very helpful.
Written October 13, 2021
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Michaela D
London, UK36 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Lovely place to visit in amongst the town of Lewes. Really attentive staff who were keen to engage with our young children and get them involved in summer activities at the castle. Kids enjoyed climbing up to the top of the castle, discovering the rooms and navigating the spiral staircases. A telescope (even if just a paid one) at the top would be a nice addition for the kids but we were pleased they had the steps for them.
Written August 11, 2021
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Baldrickkk
Norwich, UK20 contributions
Jul 2021
We were traveling from London to Brighton so decided to stop in Lewes for a break. Both the Castle and garden grounds were great and you are able to eat within the grounds. The views from the top of both towers were fantastic.
Written August 3, 2021
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Joasi23
South Yorkshire, UK1,037 contributions
Jul 2021
We were too late to pay admission and go in the castle , but thought a review but would be beneficial for anyone in the same position. There is still a lot to see if you walk the external walls , and Lewes itself is packed with interesting facts which we googled as we strolled . Well worth an hour or two on a sunny day
Written July 16, 2021
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daveya
Chester, UK126 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
What a hidden gem right in the middle of Lewes. Was more to see than I was expecting to be honest. Great views from the top once you have climbed all the stairs and plenty of information boards about its history and surrounding area.
Written July 12, 2021
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dpkLondon
Eastcote, UK40 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
Quaint castle and gardens. Bit of a gem in middle of Lewes. Great views of local area from top of castle. Only takes an hour to go round but can sit in gardens.
Written June 15, 2021
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Theo B
1 contribution
Mar 2020
Lewis castle is a landmark, known across England and it doesn’t disappoint. You get a medieval feel and can imagine being there as a King. King Edward sat there in that castle and now, 100s of years later we can interpret what life would’ve been like. They have done well to keep it like this and would highly recommend
Written February 4, 2021
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montaguemason
London, UK7 contributions
Nov 2020
Lewes Castle is superb. There's a walled lawn which is referred to as a bowling green which it may be, but my imagination has it as an archery range. Either way it's magnificent and so are the views from the trees just nearby. I visited once very late. It has a quiet, peaceful atmosphere - most remarkable and the history of the place seeps into your spirit. Lewes is like that generally anyway but Lewes Castle is the jewel in the crown!
Written November 14, 2020
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Ian C
London, UK23,970 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
Are castles more atmospheric in the rain? We visited on a stormy wet Octobee weekend, and you feel yourself going back in time.

In May 1264, the unpopular Henry III and his soldiers left the safety of the Castle and Priory in Lewes to fight the troops of Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester.

Despite the fact that the King's forces were double the size of Simon de Montfort's, they were forced to retreat to the Castle and ultimately admitted defeat, being forced to sign an agreement called the Mise of Lewis, the terms of which are lost in history.

The Castle was established in the 11th century, and had towers added in the 13th century and the barbican gate in the 14th. While the ruins of the main part of the Castle are available to visit, other parts are located in nearby private properties, so it is worth walking around the area, including looking out over where the battle took place. There are many plaques to give you information.

The tilt or jousting ground remains today as a bowling green, and has done so since at least 1640.

Lewes High Street itself has many historic buildings including the timber-framed 15th century bookshop, the 15th century Bull House in which Thomas Paine, one of the instigators of independence for the USA, lived from 1768 to 1774 and the Town Hall with its fine clock, formerly the Star Inn, near which 17 Protestant martyrs commemorated in the annual Lewis bonfire were burnt to at the stake between 1555 and 1557.
Written October 4, 2020
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Nat
Mexico City, Mexico551 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
Nice small castle. The views from the top are really nice. The student ticket costs £8 and it includes the entrance to the castle and to a small museum on the side. The museum has two levels (including a very cool short film, which I strongly recommend), and it has very good information to understand more about the history of the castle and of Lewes itself.
I think that the price is a little bit high for what you get (considering that everything’s small), but if you can, I would still recommend giving it a try.
Written April 16, 2020
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