Lewes Castle and Barbican House Museum

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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 £7.20
Child (5-16) £3.80
Senior Citizen £6.60
Student £6.60
Disabled £3.80
Carer for Disabled £3.80
Family (2+4) £19.50

Group rates (minimum 15 people):
Adult £6.20
Child (5-16) £3.40
Senior Citizen £6.20
Student £6.20
Disabled £3.40
Carer for disabled £3.40


  • 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.

1066: What Happened Next? Lewes Castle

  • 24 October 2016 1:30am-4pm *on now

Afternoon castle tours for families.

Find out what happened in Lewes after the Battle of Hastings 950 years ago this month

Times: 1.30 pm and 3 pm.

Please book in advance as places are limited.

Included in admission price.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Adult £7.40
Child £4.00



Portraits and Photographs at Lewes Castle

  • 26 October 2016 10:30am-4pm

Portraits and Photographs
A workshop for children aged eight to 12.

Explore photographs from the collections and make your own portraits and prints.

There will be two sessions:

10.30 am – 12.30 pm

2.00 – 4.00 pm.

Cost: £6 per child. Admisssion to the castle is not included.


Start:26/10/2016 10:30 End:26/10/2016 16:00

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 7-10


Adult £7.40
Child £4.00



Knights and Dragons at Lewes Castle

  • 27 October 2016 10:30am-3:30pm

Knights and Dragons
for four to eight-year-olds: stories about dragons and castle knights, armour to try on and lots of things to make, including a mask.

Cost: £5.00. Adults are free but must stay with their child.

Two sessions:

10.30 am – 12.00 noon

2.00 – 3.30 pm

Booking is advised as these sessions are always popular. Call 01273 486290 for more details or buy your ticket from the castle shop.

Admission to the castle is not included.


Start:27/10/2016 10:30 End:27/10/2016 15:30

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10


£7.40 adult
£4.00 child admission to castle

£5 per child



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

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






01273 486290


01273 486990

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