Lewes Castle and Barbican House Museum

Lewes Castle and Barbican House Museum
Barbican House
169 High Street
East Sussex






01273 486290


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


  • 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.

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.

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

Suitable for

  • Any age


See website



Medieval Marquee

  • 11 — 15 May 2014

Medieval Marquee

Drop in for a chat about 1264 with some of our resident experts.

Learn about heraldry and discover who fought at the Battle of Lewes. There may even be a chance to try on some armour.

Admission to the marquee is free but does not include entry to the rest of the castle site.

Gun Garden, 12 – 4 pm daily.

Start:11/05/2014 12:00End:15/05/2014 16:00Schedule:Every day until May 15, 2014 (See all)
Venue:Lewes Castle Phone:01273 486290
Barbican House Museum, 169, High Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1YE, United Kingdom

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free Marquee entry but charge for castle

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