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.

Lewes Castle Family Photography Day

  • 26 October 2014 11am-5pm

Family Photography Day

Drop in to the castle today for a special family Sunday to accompany Captured Light our photography exhibition in the museum.

Enjoy pinhole photography workshops, drawing activities and much more.

The activities are included in the admission price but places on the workshops will be limted so please book in advance.

Ring 01273 486290 or speak to staff at the museum’s front desk.

All ages welcome.

Part of the Edward Reeves Archive Project

Suitable for

  • Any age


£7 Adult £6.40 Senior/student £3.60 Child (5-16) £18.80 Family



Lewes Castle Knights and Dragons

  • 29 October 2014 10:30am-3:30pm

Knights and Dragons

Fun for four to eight-year-olds: stories and lots of things to make.

There will be two sessions. Choose between 10.30 am – 12 noon or 2.00 – 3.30 pm.

Cost: £4.00 per child. Adults are free but must stay with their child.

Booking is advised as this session is always popular. Call 01273 486290 for more details.

Admission to the castle not included.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10


£4 per child
Castle admission (extra): child £3.60 adult £7 family £18.80



Lewes Castle - Saxons of Sussex

  • 30 October 2014 10am-5pm

Saxons of Sussex

Have a go at Anglo-Saxon craft activities, handle artefacts and listen to stories.

Included in admission. All ages welcome

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free with admission: adult £7 child £3.60 senior/student £6.40 family: £18.80



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