An ancient East Sussex location in the heart of the South Downs with a striking elevated Norman Castle, Lewes is brimming with heritage timber-framed buildings, fascinating museums and a fantastic High Street lined with timber-framed fronted fine restaurants, antique shops, rare and second hand bookshops and cosy tearooms. Lewes is the perfect historic holiday base for walking and touring the South Downs and heritage attractions all tightly packed in the town centre include the 15th Century timber-framed Wealden former home of Anne of Cleves with in-house museum featuring exhibitions on Lewes of old.
Other Norman treasures alongside the central castle include Lewes Priory founded by William de Warenne, once one of England’s richest monasteries and back at Lewes Castle with its magnificent Barbican Gate and spectacular panoramic views of the South Downs and Ouse River Valley from its elevated position, you can find out more about Lewes’ ancient history at the outstanding Barbican House Museum which houses many of Sussex’s most precious archaeological finds.
Lewes accommodation is ideally placed for nearby Glyndebourne to the east which hosts six productions annually, together forming the celebrated Glyndebourne Festival with a focus on classical music and opera. Accommodation choice is varied in the Lewes area, featuring everything from pretty historic 5 Star B&Bs near Glyndebourne opera house to character 17th Century inns with rooms and a wide selection of holiday cottages in the surrounding gentle Downland.
Convenient for nearby Sussex University, Lewes B&Bs and holiday cottages are just a short drive from Brighton and the Coast, with Lewes Station offering fast and direct rail links to Brighton, Eastbourne, Gatwick Airport and London beyond. Search for Lewes accommodation online and book direct.
Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.