Lewes Castle

Lewes Castle & Museum

Climb to the top of this 1000 year old Norman Castle for stunning panoramic views across Sussex.


The adjoining Barbican House is home to the Museum of Sussex Archaeology and houses local collections from the Stone Age to medieval times. A mini-cinema tells the story of Lewes from prehistoric to Victorian times. Please see our Lewes Property Leaflet 2018 with this year’s prices. Plan your visit.

Lewes Castle and museum will be closing early on Monday 5th November due to the Lewes Bonfire celebrations. The castle will close at 2.30pm (last admission to castle grounds will be 1.45pm. We apologise  for any inconvenience this may cause
and will opening as usual on 6th November.

Open: November to February: 10am to 3.45pm. COE2015_Sticker
March to October: 10am to 5.30pm. Last admission is 30 minutes before closing time. We open at 11am on Sundays, Mondays and Bank holidays.

Closed: Mondays in January, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and January 1.

The gift shop and the bookshop, selling new and second-hand books with a special focus on the history and archaeology of Lewes, Sussex and the South Downs, are both open daily until 5.30 pm.

Admission Pricing for 2018: Adult £8.00, Child (5-16) £4.30, Seniors (65yrs+) £7.20, Students £7.20, Family £21.50 (2 adults and up to 4 children), Carer for disabled (if required) Free.

Free admission for Sussex Archaeological Society members and National Art Pass holders.

Combined admission with  Anne of Cleves House: Adult £12.50, Child (5-16) £6.70, Seniors (65yrs+) £11.60, Students £11.60, Family £32.00 (2 adults and up to 4 children).

Gift Aid your admission.


Why not download our Lewes Castle audio guide?

iOS via the App Store

Android via Google Play


Groups: We offer a reduced price for all groups of 15 or more and welcome school groups and EFL students. Specialist adult talks and tours are also available, on request, as are tours in French and audio described tours for BPS visitors. Please email admin@sussexpast.co.uk for further information.

Our sites are open to all, but anyone under the age of 16 needs to be accompanied by an adult, unless agreed in advance with our staff.

We regret that we only allow assistance dogs into the museum and castle grounds.

Interested in becoming a volunteer? Find out more on our Volunteer page.

Contact: Lewes Castle & Museum, 169, High Street, Lewes, BN7 1YE. Tel: 01273 486290, email.




West Tower


South Tower


Brack Mount


Sentry Walk


Norman Gatehouse






Barbican House