Lewes is a lovely market town set in the South Downs National Park.
It is steeped in history and varied architecture to include a magnificent Norman Castle (if you climb to the top the views over Lewes and beyond are wonderful) and Anne of Cleves house (given to her by Henry V111 as part of her divorce settlement). There are the peaceful and beautifully restored Cluniac Priory ruins as well as Southover Grange Gardens which are a picture of colour and cheer throughout the year with the changing seasons. If you like wildlife, then the Railway land in the heart of town, alongside the river, is the place to go. The long High Street with it's little "twittens" (small pathways!) that run off to the sides, is picturesque and filled with cafes, shops, galleries, restaurants and pubs.
It boasts a wealth of independent and unusual shops – Lewes is especially known for it’s numerous antique and antiquarian Book shops. It has an excellent flea market together with gift, clothing, jewellery and specialist food shops. It also boasts the well known Harvey’s brewery and it’s own specialist shop. There are small art galleries, a fantastic new independent cinema called the Depot, Lewes Little Theatre and many varied events that take place all year round - of course it is most famous for the bonfire celebrations which are some of the largest in the world.
There is a farmers market on the first Saturday of each month and various food markets at other times.
There are plenty of options for eating and drinking! Lewes has some excellent pubs, restaurants and cafes as well as a good selection of Thai, Chinese and Indian eateries. Please do ask us for any recommendations.
If you prefer to escape the town and explore the nearby countryside you will find stunning landscapes, lovely walks, the amazing coastline of the Seven Sisters, beautiful gardens and houses, pretty Sussex villages and lots of welcoming country pubs and tea rooms - to name but a few! Glyndebourne opera house is very close by as well at the very pretty Charleston Farmhouse - home to the Bloomsbury group of artists and writers - and Monks House, being the home of Virginia Woolf.
We are a good base for a night's rest while walking the South Downs Way or if you just want to get on to the lovely South Downs for a stroll, we are about a 10 minute walk to the top of the hill where on a clear day, the views are glorious
Below are some links which may be helpful whilst planning your visit to Lewes.