Parties & Private Events at Lewes Castle

Standing tall and proud in the heart of Lewes, a historic town in the rolling hills of the Sussex countryside, is the stunning Norman ruin of Lewes Castle. Once a stronghold of William the Conqueror the story pages of this amazing thousand-year-old castle tell tales of noble courtiers, chivalrous knights, courageous Countesses, courtly romance, brave battles, siege and betrayal and of course joyous feasting and lavish celebrations with no expense spared by the ruling Earls and Countesses of Surrey. Long retired as the impressive noble home and defensive stronghold of the South Downs, Lewes Castle is now a fairy-tale ruin with breath taking views of the surrounding countryside, mysterious towers and beautiful walled gardens. Why not follow in the footsteps of the Earls and Countesses of Surrey and Arundel and play host at your very own castle for the day?

We host  a variety of private functions, ceremonies and parties at Lewes Castle from birthday parties and anniversary parties to family BBQs and Picnics on the lawn to wakes, naming ceremonies and blessings to book readings, yoga workshops and academic lectures to corporate functions. Whatever your event we would loved to host your day for you at Lewes Castle.

The lower Gun Garden at Lewes Castle is available for hire for parties and private events for up to 100 guests. The Gun Garden is the perfect location for lawn events and parties or if you would like shelter you are welcome to hire in your own marquee and furniture to suit your tastes.

The Pleasure Garden at the top of the Keep can be hired for naming ceremonies and blessings for up to 80 guests or for smaller events and corporate gatherings of up to 50 people. Hire of the Pleasure Garden includes the use of the Keep marquee in case of bad weather. Both Gardens are available for hire between April and October.

The Peter Drewett Education Resource Centre can be hired for one off corporate events or meetings anytime of the year. The centre seats 40 and has audio visual equipment, easy access to power, a small kitchen and disabled toilet facilities. Hire of the centre includes free entry to the castle grounds and museum.

Sussex Past has a fabulous catering partnership with Anise Catering who create truly delicious food and drink options for your special day. For a copy of the menu pack, venue hire prices and additional information please contact Hannah via telephone on 01273 474610, or by email at

We look forward to hearing from you soon and working with you to plan your special day.

Photograph credit to Absolute Photography.