Looking for a unique historic outdoor wedding venue in East Sussex with beautiful outdoor space? Lewes Castle may be the perfect venue for your big day.

Why Lewes Castle for an outdoor wedding in Sussex?

Lewes Castle is a unique historical wedding venue for hire in East Sussex.

Surrounded by the southern English hills, Lewes castle lies at the heart of the East Sussex county town of Lewes. Built in 11th century by followers of William the Conqueror, the castle was first home to his loyal friend William de Warenne and his beloved wife Gundrada, the first Earl and Countess of Surrey.

Close to 1,000-years after being built, Lewes Castle is now one of the region’s few outdoor wedding venues, allowing you and your loved one to exchange your vows in the sunshine while treating your guests to panoramic views of Sussex countryside.

The ruins of the castle keep offer 360 degree views of the South Downs providing a magical outdoor backdrop to your special wedding day. With beautiful grounds including mature trees, roses and summer flowers growing up and around the flint walls of the castle, an idyllic atmosphere is guaranteed as you experience one the most important moments of your life.

Celebrating your wedding at the Lewes Castle means adding your own love story to the history of this beautiful site as well as helping to support and preserve local heritage.

Beautiful outdoor wedding ceremony in Sussex

The wedding ceremonies at Lewes Castle take place under the ancient West Tower archway radiating an intimate setting with delicate rose bushes on either side.

The walk down the aisle takes a unique turn as you climb the zig-zag steps leading to the enclosed Keep where up to 60 guests await in the Pleasure Garden under the shade of the old Lime Tree.

After your ceremony you can descend to the Gun Garden for drinks and photographs. The Gun Garden is also the perfect place for your bespoke wedding breakfast and reception where you can be joined by to 60 guests, celebrating, feasting and dancing the day away.

Supporting you on your big day

Our experienced and dedicated Weddings and Events team will take you through every step of the wedding planning and setting up the reception to ensure that you and your guests can enjoy the outdoor celebration in any weather conditions.

We offer a tempting selection of menus for the wedding breakfast with our catering providers and we are always happy to create bespoke wedding menus to suit your personal tastes.

To make the most out of the unique Lewes Castle setting, we will help you select recorded music of your choice or find the perfect classical or acoustic musicians to mark your day.

The castle is available for weddings every day of the week between April and October. You are welcome to arrange a castle viewing and discuss our exclusive offers with our weddings team by emailing weddings@sussexpast.co.uk.

Alternative historic wedding venues in East Sussex

Looking for historical wedding venues in East Sussex? Sussex Past has a range of outdoor and indoor venues available.

You can hire a historic Tudor barn at Michelham Priory, which include seven acres of beautiful grounds including an orchard and children’s playground.

Or you can get married in the beautiful historic Anne of Cleves House in Lewes which used to be owned by the former wife of Henry VII.

For more details download our wedding brochure or click here to email the team.