An Englishman’s Castle
Historic Lewes Circular Trail
Begin your tour of historic Lewes at Lewes Castle, one of the earliest Norman strongholds in England. Built after the battle of Hastings in 1066 by William de Warenne, a follower of William the Conquerer, the castle was fortified over generations until it began to fall into ruin in the mid 1300’s.
Climb the South Tower to view the site of the Battle of Lewes in 1264. Pack a camera to capture panoramic views of the South Downs past the chimneys and gables that pepper the ancient rooftops of Lewes, then pop into the adjoining Barbican House Museum and watch a short film about the tumultuous history of the area.
After a relaxing lunch washed down with Harvey’s locally brewed ale, wander over to Anne of Cleves House Museum. This late-medieval timber-framed building was granted to Anne, the fourth wife of Henry VIII, as part of her annulment settlement.
Afterwards, appreciate a tranquil moment at the haunting ruins of England’s first Cluniac Priory in nearby Priory Park. Imagine how the monks worked and prayed as you drink in the scents of the serene herb garden with its fragrant physic, household and culinary beds.
Relax in the evening over a pint of local Harvey’s ale or celebrate with a glass of award-winning Ridgeview wine.
|Distance||1.3 miles circular stroll or cycle from Lewes railway station|
|Duration||All day, can be done in stages|
|Directions – Walk or Cycle||
Pop into the Visitor Information Centre at the junction of Station Street and High Street for more information on things to do in Lewes.
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EXTEND YOUR VISIT
Spend another day in Lewes and walk the Lewes Art Gallery Trail, browsing classic and contemporary art galleries, antique shops and vintage emporiums or see how many pieces you find walking around the numbered Lewes Public Art Trail.
Take a look at some of the other itineraries in Go South Downs. Enjoy a car free visit to the stunning countryside around Lewes where you can enjoy the best of the special landscapes and attractions of the eastern South Downs.
- Cyclists & Walkers Welcome Directory
- Stay Lewes
- Lewes Castle
- Anne of Cleves House Museum
- Priory Park