Pevensey Castle
Pevensey Castle
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  • Louise H
    Slough, United Kingdom20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth visiting
    I visited with 2 young children and it was ideal as not too big! They loved being able to explore this small castle, going up and down the steps. There’s a little shop inside the castle part which you will need to pay to visit. But the curtain wall part is free and there’s a little car park right next to the entrance. Inside the paid part you have a well, latrine, obliette, dungeon, cannon balls recovered from the moat, a cannon from Tudor period and you can climb the towers.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 25, 2023
  • Maggie S
    66 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Seeing a historical monument
    Well maintained paths winding up the hill, with frequent illustrated information boards en route, giving details on the history of the castle. We understand that cash is required to keep the historical site in good order, but e thought the entrance fees were not justified, and we were able to see enough without paying them. We did enjoy seeing this monument, and some of the wildlife swimming in the moat.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 22, 2023
  • Felicity K
    8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really interesting
    Enjoyed this visit - the audio guides were great though we got confused with the numbering which didn’t seem to match a couple of times. The information on the audio was really good and we particularly enjoyed the WW2 connections and view of pill box. Think we would have missed this without the audio. The lady on reception was very knowledgeable and friendly.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 6, 2023
  • JanC377
    Basingstoke, United Kingdom312 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Informative and fun
    Great welcome -although you walk quite a way around the castle to the entrance . We took our 5 year old granddaughter but my husband used the audio guide and relayed lots of interesting ( and sometimes quirky) information to us . It really gives a picture of what life in the Bailey would have been like . The exhibition is small but explains a lot . Well worth a visit especially if you are English heritage members .
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 1, 2023
  • juliaandadam123
    Ashford, United Kingdom1,862 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Weather permitting
    This is an all outdoor castle, so plan carefully when you will visit. The dungeon in particular today had 3 inches of water in it, so don’t let any children go and explore down there unsupervised! An interesting glimpse into history for a few hours and worth pairing up with a trip to nearby Battle Abbey the same day.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 3, 2024
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Carla W
24 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Family
We visited Pevensey castle today (07/09/20). We are a family of 6 so we paid over £30 for tickets. No discounts..no special offers. Full price tickets..which we had to book in advance and online.
We were disappointed on arrival that the majority of the castle was covered in scaffolding and having work done which we told would be there till December.
The lady at reception was lovely. Told us about the history of the castle. My daughter was excited about exploring the dungeons..cells...anything that involved going up and down steps..especially when the receptionist told us we might find some toads in one. They were all closed off. Gutted.
The houses around the castle were very old fashioned which created a medieval feel. Lovely looking place.
So..advice to people..especially families with young children. Wait till the work is completed before visiting.
Written September 7, 2020
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Dave Smith
London, UK227 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
Booked on-line (English Heritage members) day before visit, very easy process. Arrived at site and parked in pay & display car park next to site. The grounds are free to enter and you can walk around the extensive outer walls an picnic in the grounds. The ticket gets you into the castle ruins. There was some conservation work taking place, with scaffolding etc, but, this did not detract from the visit. There are two main rooms to go in, one gives a potted history of the site, with timeline from the original Roman settlement to its current state, the second provides details of its role in WW2. Interesting place. Worth a visit.
Written July 19, 2020
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Ste M
Burnham, UK2,720 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
Pevensey Castle is an English Heritage site so free for members but £7.60 for adult non members. There is a car park just outside but this is managed separately and costs £2.50 per visit. The entrance fee covers the inside of the main castle, but you can access the the rest of this large site within the curtain walls free of charge. To be honest, this would be sufficient for most visitors and I'm not sure the castle entrance fee is worth paying, especially as the bulk of the castle is currently undergoing restoration and is covered with scaffolding (at October 2020). You can visit the small dungeon and the inside of a couple of the remaining towers but other than this there is little to see. That said, our visit overall was enjoyable and worthwhile if you have EH membership.
Written October 18, 2020
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Linda H
Nottingham, UK263 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
We had wanted to visit Pevensey Castle for a while, and were very surprised to see the Roman walls relatively intact to say how old they are. We saw the disguised pill-box's where the roman wall was altered slightly for defensive combat during WW2. You can read and immerse yourself in the special exhibitions of Pevensey, from a Roman Fort to a Norman stronghold and WW2 command centre. The children loved the battlements and the dungeon, and interactive exhibits. We liked the fine collection of Trebuchet Balls. English Heritage now run the castle and hold events and re-enactments here. We thought prices were reasonable for public, concessions available and free for EH members. The castle grounds are free and well worth a walk around in their own right. Staff were helpful and friendly, with a shout out to Phillip who has a wealth of information ready to share with inquiring minds. Thank-you, we all enjoyed our visit.
Written September 27, 2022
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Connor Peck
Ipswich, UK400 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
It was ok but there was to much reading and not much action. I am a member of the English Heritage so I got in for free. However, if you are not a member you have to pay £20 which is not worth it. Good information but its just the ruins of a castle. Nice walk with hand sanitizer but not the best ever.
Written August 17, 2020
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westhead63
Isle of Wight, United Kingdom220 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Family
Wow what a place! So much history in one location dating from roman times to the 2nd world war. We knew nothing of Pevensey castle before we arrived, but we were so pleased we went. The lady at the reception was really pleasant & very helpful. She gave our kids an activity pack for them to do on site which they throughly enjoyed. There are two exhibitions, one about the Norman's & the castle though from medieval times to modern day & one about the castles role during the war. We would definitely recommend going to Pevensey castle if you're in the area, as it has a very unique history.
Written October 27, 2021
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Jenny M
Leighton Buzzard, UK218 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
Pevensey castle is a piece of history which is well worth a visit. The castle itself is a ruin and whilst it is interesting, the cost to get in is pricey as it takes an hour at most to see. I happily went in as I have English Heritage membership but wouldn’t pay otherwise.

It’s very nice to walk around the outside of the castle without paying entrance.

Dogs are allowed in and there is a very nice dog friendly pub within a few minutes walk called the Smugglers.
Written August 12, 2022
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Louise H
Slough, UK20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
I visited with 2 young children and it was ideal as not too big! They loved being able to explore this small castle, going up and down the steps. There’s a little shop inside the castle part which you will need to pay to visit. But the curtain wall part is free and there’s a little car park right next to the entrance. Inside the paid part you have a well, latrine, obliette, dungeon, cannon balls recovered from the moat, a cannon from Tudor period and you can climb the towers.
Written June 25, 2023
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Bethany M
Cambridge, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
The interplay between local geography and the site’s varying significance over time was very well explored. We really enjoyed the audio guide and found it very informative. It also kept our preschooler entertained finding all the points to activate the audio! He also liked the treasure trail, which created some good talking points and would work even better for primary age children.

Paid car parking (not English Heritage) is in Pevensey just outside.
Written July 15, 2021
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Deborah B
Bexhill-on-Sea, UK80 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We have recently joined English Heritage so decided to revisit Pevensey Castle. We used to take our children here when they were younger as they loved to explore the ruins. However it has changed over the past 15 years with the addition of displays and WWII exhibitions.
Written February 23, 2020
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