Sussex Wedding Venue – Lewes Castle

“A fairy tale castle wedding in the great outdoors with 360-degree views”

Always dreamed of a fairy tale castle wedding? Standing tall and proud in the heart of Lewes is the romantic ruin of Lewes Castle, one of the oldest castles in England.

Lewes Castle was built by followers of William the Conqueror after the Battle of Hastings. Since then, the Norman fortress has been at the centre of life in the charming county town of East Sussex for close to 1,000 years.

The outdoor fairy tale ruin has breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside, mysterious towers and beautiful walled gardens.

Why not add your own tale to the story of this stunning Norman castle and follow in the footsteps of brave knights, heroic earls and courageous countesses?

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Your open-air castle wedding

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 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 imposing Barbican, a 900-year-old gateway with pretty cobbled street. It offers a stunning backdrop for images you will look at for many happy years to come.

The Gun Garden is also the perfect place for your bespoke wedding breakfast and reception. Here you can be joined by up to 60 guests, celebrating, feasting and dancing the day away.

Your guests can also explore the castle site, including climbing one of the towers for a unique wedding experience to remember.

Lewes is a popular town for weddings with wonderful cobbled streets and historic buildings. Lewes Castle is within walking distance of car parks, train and bus stations as well as hotels. It is easily accessible from Brighton, London and the rest of the South East.

A Sussex wedding venue for all seasons

Lewes Castle is available for weddings all year round. We have a variety of wedding hire offers at Lewes Castle – including exclusive use.

As it is an open-air venue, most couples opt for a day between April and October. This is so they can make their special day last as long as possible under the long summer days.

Or, you can opt to use a marquee, providing shelter for your guests and creating a lovely focal point to host your ceremony or reception.

Whatever the season, with its breathtaking beauty and unique history really is the perfect place to celebrate your special day.

Our dedicated Wedding Coordinator will work with you every step of the way to ensure your wedding goes to perfection.

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

Our preferred caterers can provide a meal to remember to suit all tastes – from a three-course banquet to delicious canapes and small plates.

The legal part of the ceremony will be looked after by East Sussex Register Office leaving you to focus on enjoying your big day.

For further information about our hire options or to book a viewing please contact our Weddings Coordinator via email at weddings@sussexpast.co.uk.

Red carpet wedding at Lewes Castle

We want to be part of your story

Lewes Castle is owned and cared for by The Sussex Archaeological Society, a registered charity which has been protecting and promoting the heritage of Sussex for more than 175 years.

We believe your wedding, civil partnership or reception is just the start of your story. So, if you choose to hold your special day in one of our historic properties, we will provide you with a 12 month property pass. This will allow you to relive some beautiful memories for free at your own convenience.

What our clients say about our wedding venue

“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.”

Make an Enquiry

Lewes Castle is an ideal venue for a wedding or civil partnership ceremony.

We can’t wait to host your perfect day in our picturesque Sussex wedding venue.

Wedding dates are in high demand so we recommend you enquire early to avoid disappointment.

For further information or to book a viewing please contact our Weddings Coordinator at weddings@sussexpast.co.uk.

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