Weddings & Civil Ceremonies at Lewes Castle

Lewes Castle is one of the few venues in South East England where you can exchange your vows in the open air.


Standing proud in the heart of the South Downs Lewes Castle is a beautiful 1,000 year old romantic ruin with spectacular panoramic views of the Sussex countryside and old town of Lewes below.

Your wedding ceremony will take place under the ancient West Tower archway with beautiful rose bushes on either side. The traditional walk down the aisle is replaced by the zig-zag steps to The Keep, where up to 80 guests await in the Pleasure Garden under the shade of the old Lime Tree.

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After your ceremony you can descend to the Gun Garden for drinks and canapes served by our in-house staff from the Pavilion building. The Gun Garden is also the perfect place for your bespoke wedding breakfast and reception where you can be joined by to 100 guests, celebrating, feasting and dancing the day away.

We have a wonderful catering partnership with Anise Catering who have a varied menu and drinks list, who also love to create bespoke dishes designed just for your wedding breakfast. The food is truly delicious and created by experienced chefs and served to perfection.

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Available for weddings every day of the week between April and October, Lewes Castle with its breath taking beauty and unique historic setting really is the perfect place to celebrate your special day.

We offer exceptional care for you and your guests and we will work with you every step of the way to ensure your wedding is planned to perfection and is as you dream it will be.

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Lewes is a popular town for weddings with it wonderful cobbled streets and historic buildings. The Castle stands tall and proud at the heart of the town and is easily accessible by car, bus and train from Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire, Kent and London. The town with its many quaint hotels and amenities for guests traveling from a far make Lewes Castle the perfect site in the perfect place for your wedding day.

What our clients say: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your staff, for everything you did to make sure that our wedding ceremony and reception went so well and ran so smoothly and without a hitch. This meant that everyone could enjoy the occasion without worrying or getting stressed, which meant a lot to us. We believe that we speak for everyone when we say that the day was enjoyed and loved by all, many thanks for hosting our wedding at your beautiful castle.”


We have a variety of different wedding hire offers including wedding ceremony only, wedding ceremony and drinks reception, wedding ceremony and wedding breakfast reception, or wedding breakfast reception only. For further information about our hire options or to book a viewing please contact Hannah via email at

For more information you can also download our Wedding Brochure here and to see photographs from our recent weddings and be inspired for you own click here and take a look at our Instagram page.

Photograph credits; title image Hugo Fox and text images in order Scott Philips Photography, Eclection Photography,  Fitzgerald Photographic and Luke Hayden Photography.

Lewes Castle Wedding Showcase 

We cannot wait to welcome you on Sunday 3rd June 2018 to our Wedding Showcase at Lewes Castle from 11am till 3pm.

The romantic ruins of Lewes Castle create the perfect backdrop for a fairy tale wedding. Weddings take place in the open air at the top of the Medieval Keep with stunning views of the South Downs and old town of Lewes below. On Sunday 3rd June the castle grounds will be beautifully dressed for a wedding to help inspire you.

Members of our wonderful wedding team will be on hand to welcome and show you around throughout the day and there will be the chance to meet with many trusted and local wedding suppliers who will be in attendance and happy to answer any questions you may have about your wedding day

The showcase includes:

  • Free entry to the wedding showcase
  • Chance to explore the castle ruins and gardens
  • Free goody bag for every couple
  • Welcome drinks and nibble

To reserve your free place please click here.

We cannot wait to meet you on Sunday 3rd June between 11am and 3pm. Finally many congratulations on your engagement from all at Sussex Past.

Please see below a selection of images from our recent Lewes Castle weddings. We hope you find them inspiring for your special day.

For photography credits please click on the photographs.