All about Lewes

lewes castleLewes is a historic market town in the South Downs National Park and is a special place to live and visit.  Unlike so many market towns it has maintained a unique character with an interesting range of independent shops and many antique shops.

Many artists and musicians live here so there are several art galleries and a varied musical and artistic programme.

For those interested in the Bloomsbury Group, sisters Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell lived near Lewes at Monk’s House and Charleston Farmhouse respectively – open from Easter to the end of October.

Our brand new cinema Depot has three screens showing new releases, European and classic films.  10 minutes walk.

Food lovers will be happy exploring the many pubs and restaurants.  Good pub food and real ales can be found at the award winning Snowdrop Inn just a minute’s walk away.  And  Harveys Brewery–  has been brewing a range of prize winning ales here since 1790.

Lewes ArmsLewes is a marvellous base to explore Sussex and Kent.   Brighton is eight miles away and easily reached by a regular bus and train service.  Famous nearby landmarks include the chalk cliffs at Beachy Head and at Seven Sisters Country Park and wonderful gardens include Sheffield Park, Nymans, Leonardslee and Borde Hill.


Useful links for walking tours of the South Downs