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 fascinating Museum of Sussex Archaeology and a mini-cinema which tells the story of Lewes from prehistoric to medieval times.

Open: November to February: 10 am to 4.30 pm. March to October: 10 am to 5.30 pm. Last admission is 30 minutes before closing time. We open at 11 am 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: Adult £7.00, Child (5-15) £3.60, Concessions £6.40, Family £18.80 (1 adult and 4 children, or 2 adults and 2 children)

Combined admission with  Anne of Cleves House: Adult £10.50, Child (5-15) £5.50, Concessions £9.50, Family £28.00 (1 adult and 4 children, or 2 adults and 2 children)

Groups: We offer a reduced price for groups of 15. Please contact the castle or see property leaflet for details. We welcome school groups and EFL students. Adult group talks and tours are also available.

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.

Plan your visit.

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

Gift Aid: Are you able to Gift Aid your admission?  If you are a UK tax payer then we can convert your admission to a donation.You pay no more and Sussex Past can recover 25% of your donation from the Government.  In return, you will receive a ticket giving you 25% off the admission price, on any returning visits to Lewes Castle, valid for 1 year. The discount ticket can be used any day, including special events.