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Things to do in Lewes, East Sussex

Lewes is the county town of East Sussex.

Harveys' Brewery, Lewes © Diana Hitchin
Harveys Brewery © Diana Hitchin

 

The castle overlooks the town and is open to visitors, as is the Barbican Museum opposite it.

In such an historic town as Lewes there is obviously much to see.

Southover Grange and Gardens © Diana Hitchin
Southover Grange and Gardens © Diana Hitchin

In the Southover district there is the magnificent Southover Grange.

This was built using stones from Lewes Priory to the south.

Blazing Tar Barrel in Bonfire Festivities © Diana Hitchin
Blazing Tar Barrel in Bonfire Festivities © Diana Hitchin

 

Also in Southover, is Anne of Cleves house which was left to Henry VIII's wife as a settlement of their divorce.

It is open to the public.

The remains of the priory are also worth a visit.

Blazing Tar Barrel in Bonfire Festivities © Diana Hitchin
Blazing Tar Barrel in Bonfire Festivities © Diana Hitchin

 

It was originally bigger than Chichester Cathedral and there is still archaeological study going on there.

Battle of Lewes Memorial in Priory Gardens © Diana Hitchin
Battle of Lewes Memorial in Priory Gardens © Diana Hitchin

Lewes is famous for its bonfire celebrations and each year these are attended by thousands of visitors, with attendance being especially great in years that the celebrations fall on a weekend.

The town has Harveys Brewery, built in the 18th century and still producing fine ales.

Remains of Lewes Priory © Diana Hitchin
Remains of Lewes Priory © Diana Hitchin

 

There is a Harveys shop and restaurant close to the brewery along with various pubs owned by the brewery in the local vicinity.

Lewes Castle Keep © Diana Hitchin
Lewes CAstle Keep © Diana Hitchin

Visiting on the first Saturday of the month is recommended - this is when a thriving Farmers' Market takes place with lots of delicious fare on offer.

 

Description by Diana Hitchin

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