Lewes Castle & Barbican House Museum
169 High Street
Lewes Castle is one of the oldest castles in England, built soon after the Norman Conquest of 1066. Over the years it was extended and altered and its high keep and towers still dominate the town. Magical views of Lewes, the Downs and the river Ouse reward everyone who manages the climb to the top. Barbican House Museum, opposite the castle, tells the story of Sussex throughout the ages and houses the Lewes Town model.
Extensive refurbishment & reinterpretation in 2009.
Museum, Castle or defences
Open daily, Tues - Sat, 10am - 5.30pm; Sun, Mon & Bank Holidays, 11am - 5.30pm.
except 24-26 December
The castle closes at dusk during the winter; however the Barbican House Museum remains open until 5.30pm. Last admission to either, 30 minutes before closing time.
Senior Citizen £5.70
Family (2+2) £17.00
1 adult + up to 4 children £17.00
Group rates (minimum 15 people):
Senior Citizen £5.10
- English Heritage
- International Council of Museums
Our library is open to the public by appointment only.
Barbican House Museum, which stands opposite the castle, tells the story of Sussex from the Stone Age to the end of the medieval period. Displays include stone axes, Roman pottery and beautiful Saxon jewellery. It also houses the Lewes Town Model, a sound and light show based around a delightful model of nineteenth century Lewes.
Archaeology, Coins and Medals, Archives
Key artists and exhibits
- Sussex archaeology
- Sussex Archaeological Society
- medieval Sussex
Services for schools at Lewes Castle
The education team offers tours, drama, artefact handling, storytelling and craft activities activities to support the Foundation Stage, KS1, 2 and 3 curricula.
We teach in groups of approximately 15 students up to a maximum of 60. Each session is usually 1 hour long but the timetable is flexible. We are happy to tailor make sessions to fit your topic or age group.
How to obtain
For further information please contact the Education Officer on 01273 405734 or firstname.lastname@example.org Or look on your website www.sussexpast.co.uk