Lewes Castle
  • Lewes Castle
    169 High Street
    BN7 1YE
Lewes Castle-Established 1066 Looking for great days out and attractions in Lewes for all the family

The Castle is historically important, being one of only two in the country with two mottes or mounds. 


Started in the 1060s by one of William the Conqueror’s closest advisers,William de Warenne as his stronghold in Sussex, it was not completed until 300 years later.


The earliest motte was Brack Mound, which was later superseded by the mound that we call the Keep, and later replaced with rreplaced by stone walls and a Barbican Gate at the front of the Norman entrance


Lewes Castle has never been attacked, but soldiers loyal to the king stayed there the night before the Battle of Lewes in 1264.


In 1588 when the Spanish Armada was defeated, local local people celebrated by blowing large lumps off the towers and walls!


Events are held through out the year, and dduring the summer, the castle garden provides a magnificent stage for theatrical, musical and interpretation events for all the family.


For enjoyable Days out and Attractions near Lewes visit Lewes Castle & The Barbican Museum

Opening Times - 2006

Open daily, Tues - Sat, 10am - 5.30pm & Sun, Mon & Bank Hols, 11am - 5.30pm

Closed on Mondays in January and 24 - 26 December

The Castle itself closes at dusk during winter

Last admission 30 minutes before closing time

Events at Lewes Castle:

Bones and Teeth Tue 30th Jan 07 10 30 AM Tue 30th Jan 07 2 45 PM
Story Time Tue 30th Jan 07 4 00 PM Tue 30th Jan 07 5 00 PM
Knights and Maidens Wed 14th Feb 07 10 30 AM Wed 14th Feb 07 3 00 PM


Lewes Castle is one of the few places where you can get married in the open air, in a unique romantic setting.

For further information, please contact Steve Watts - anne@sussexpast.co.uk - or Sally White - Lewes@sussexpast.co.uk

For further information on Lewes Castle or details of other entertaining days out and attractions near or in Lewes such as Michelham Priory , Anne of Cleves House, Fishbourne, The Priest House please visit our website:


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