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 2017 to find out more.

Open: November to February: 10am to 3.45pm. 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 2017: Adult £7.70, Child (5-16) £4.20, Seniors (65yrs+) £7.10, Students £7.10, Family £21.00 (2 adults and up to 4 children) Disabled or Carer £4.20.

Combined admission with  Anne of Cleves House: Adult £12.30, Child (5-16) £6.50, Seniors (65yrs+) £11.30, Students £11.30, Family £31.00 (2 adults and up to 4 children), Disabled or Carer £6.50.

Gift Aid your admission.

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.

Plan your visit.

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




West Tower


South Tower


Brack Mount


Sentry Walk


Norman Gatehouse






Barbican House