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.

Open: November to February: 10 am to 3.45 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 £7.20, Child (5-16) £3.80, Concessions £6.60, Family £19.50 (2 adults and upto 4 children)

Combined admission with  Anne of Cleves House: Adult £11.40, Child (5-16) £6.00, Concessions £10.00, Family £29.00 (2 adults and upto 4 children)

Gift Aid your admission.

Groups: We offer a reduced price for groups of 15. Please contact the castle for details. We welcome school groups and EFL students.  Specialist adult talks and tours are also available on request. Subjects may include the De Warenne family, Anne of Cleves, Bronze Age Sussex or the Battle of Lewes. We also offer tours in French as well as audio described tours for BPS visitors. All talks and tours are subject to availability and charged at £2.50 per person (or a minimum of £40 per group) in addition to admission price. 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.