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There is a variety of activities for visitors to partake, such as historical sites, angling on the River Ouse north of the town and cultural festivals. For the more energetic there is hang gliding and paragliding from Mount Caburn’s southern edge. There are many “walks” over the South Downs and along the river bank. The annual bonfire in November is very popular with visitors.


Anne of Cleves House
Glyndbourne Opera House
Lewes Castle – Built in 1087
Barbican House Museum
Lewes Bonfire


Road – The A27 trunk road bypasses the town immediately to the south. The A26 linking Newhaven with Maidstone in Kent passes through the town.
Rail – The East Coastway line which connects London (Victoria) and Hastings passes through the town. A branch line runs to Newhaven and Seaford. There is also an extension of the Coastway line to Brighton.

Brief History

The Roman site of Mutuantonis was thought to be here, but there is indication of prehistoric settlements in the area. Remains of an Iron Age hill fort are in evidence on Mount Caburn where burial pits and various ancient artefacts can be found. The Saxons and Normans following there successive invasions of England each established themselves in the immediate area. The town was granted a charter in 1148 by King Stephen.The Battle of Lewes took place here in 1264 where Simon De Montfort and King Henry III forces fought during the Second Barons’ war. Seventeen Protestant martyrs were burnt at the stake here in Lewes during the Marian Persecutions of 1555-57 during the reign of Queen Mary I. The railway came to the town in 1848 ,it became a junction with lines coming in from the north, the east and the west.

Famous People

Virginia Woolf – Author and member of the “Bloomsbury Set”.
Polly Toynbee – Left-wing journalist.
Julia Foster – Actress (mother of Ben Fogle – TV personality)
Herbie Flowers – Musician, specialising in bass guitar, double bass and tuba.

Approximate Population

Approximately 16,222 in 2007

Nearest Tourist Information Centre

187 High Street, Lewes BN7 2DE Tel: +44 (0) 1273 483448

Suggested Links

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Harveys Brewery
Harveys Brewery

Lewes Station
Lewes Station

Town Overview
Town Overview

Lewes Bonfire
Lewes Bonfire


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