Lewes Castle and Barbican House Museum

Lewes Castle and Barbican House Museum
Barbican House
169 High Street
Lewes
East Sussex
BN7 1YE
England

Website

www.sussexpast.co.uk

E-mail

castle@sussexpast.co.uk

Telephone

01273 486290

Fax

01273 486990

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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.

Venue Type:

Museum, Castle or defences

Opening hours

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.

Admission charges

Adult £6.40
Child £3.20
Senior Citizen £5.70
Student £5.70
Family (2+2) £17.00
1 adult + up to 4 children £17.00

Group rates (minimum 15 people):
Adult £5.70
Child £2.90
Senior Citizen £5.10
Student £5.10

Discounts

  • English Heritage
  • International Council of Museums

Additional info

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.

Collection details

Archaeology, Coins and Medals, Archives

Key artists and exhibits

  • Lewes
  • Sussex archaeology
  • Sussex Archaeological Society
  • medieval Sussex
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

The King v The Barons: Lewes Castle

  • 16 April 2014 10am-12:30pm *on now

Family tours: The King v The Barons
—Henry III versus Simon de Montfort,

[see image from the British Library manuscript Royal 16 G VI, Chroniques de France ou de St Denis, after 1332, before 1350 on SAS website]

Look out this morning for free, family-friendly tours featuring the Battle of Lewes. Pick a flag and choose a side!

Tours start at Castle Gate.

All ages from 5+ welcome. Included in admission.

Please note that the tour is not suitable for buggies.



Details
Start:16/04/2014 10:00End:16/04/2014 12:30Venue:Lewes Castle Phone:01273 486290Address:
Barbican House Museum, 169, High Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1YE, United Kingdom

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15

Admission

Tour included
Adult £7
Child £3.60

Website

http://castle@sussexpast.co.uk

Battle of Lewes 750

  • 3 — 18 May 2014

A range of exciting events throughout May 2014 celebrating the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Lewes.

Organised by the local community, the events will include:


■costumed processions through the town
■a family festival at Landport Bottom, site of the battle in May 1264 between the opposing armies of Simon de Montfort and King Henry III
■a three-day camp for young people with debates, drama, music and a 3D projection
■medieval re-enactors and banners in the High Street
■a drama following de Montfort’s night march from Fletching to Lewes
■a medieval May Fayre

Plus church services, talks, exhibitions, displays, lots of music and (of course!) fireworks.

Full details will be available soon. You can also get updates on Facebook or follow events on Twitter.

Find out more here.

Details
Start:03/05/2014 11:00End:18/05/2014 16:00

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

See website

Website

http://www.sussexpast.co.uk

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

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 educ@sussexpast.co.uk Or look on your website www.sussexpast.co.uk

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