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    I have an extraordinary tale to tell. Before it was purchased and used as council offices, the buildings behind Lewes House were used for storage and at at the end of the 19th century were a stable block belonging to the expat American art collector (and millionaire!) Edward Perry Warren. Edward had seen Rodin's latest large scale endeavour - a...


    I'm sure you're all aware of the nursery rhyme ' Here we go 'round the mulberry bush'. You aren't?! Then allow me to sing it for you...'Here we go 'round the mulberry bush,The mulberry bush, the mulberry bush,Here we go 'round the mulberry bush,On a cold and frosty morning.'...Quite! It is not Shakespeare. It is not epic in scale or teeming with...


    Fear not dear reader! This is not some gruesome fairytale but a true story of a Bloomsbury Woolf named Virginia and her husband Leonard. The Round House is so called because it first saw the light of day as a working windmill. It was erected in 1802 by public subscription in the hope that it's work would help to alleviate the food shortages felt...


    Well this is one tourist trap you really ought to fall into. The Lewes Tourist Information Centre is packed with brochures and guides to local sights, up-and-coming concerts and beautiful bed and breakfast establishments. There are multilingual staff in attendance and everything you need covering Lewes in particular but also the wider county of...

  • South Downs

    The South Downs is a 100 miles long series of hills stretching from East Sussex to Hampshire in Southern England. The South Downs are a very popular hiking spot and there exists a long distance trail - the South Downs Way - which walkers and hikers can follow across the Downs. It starts in Eastbourne and ends 100 miles to the west in Winchester....

  • The Thomas Paine trail

    Lewes’s best known resident was Thomas Paine, an 18th century writer and radical thinker. He moved to Lewes in 1768 and founded a debating club (at an inn where the White Hart Hotel now stands) in which he developed and expounded his revolutionary ideas. His first major work was “Common Sense”, in which he argued for American Independence from...

  • Southover Grange Gardens

    The gardens of Southover Grange, a 16th century Elizabethan house, are one of the nicest spots in Lewes. Southover Grange is below high street, and from the gardens there are excellent views of Lewes castle.

  • Views from Chapel Hill

    There are excellent views of Lewes from Chapel Hill, to the east of the town. To get here from Lewes High Street: walk down the hill past the WW2 memorial heading towards Cliffe High Street. Continue straight on this street, passing Harvey’s Brewery on the left and go over a bridge and continue straight until the junction with Malling Street (just...


    There are more than a few hidden gems in Lewes, and the Lewes House Sculpture Garden is one of my favourites. Just down the High Street, nestled away behind one of the very nicest council buildings you are ever likely to see - 'er, Lewes House, unsurprisingly - and off an alleyway called Church Twitten, you'll find a beautiful little garden...


Lewes Hotels

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  • Horsted Place

    Little Horsted, Lewes, TN22 5TS, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • White Hart Hotel

    Living so close I've never had any reason to stay here but looking at some of the online comments I...

  • Pelham House

    St Andrews Lane, Lewes, BN7 1UW, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

Lewes Restaurants

  • find the food with your salt

    if you have any problems with salt this is not place for youi belive the group i was with spent over 1000 poundand as group had great fun tho dont belive we evengot an glass of wine or port on the housetho i must say we did get about a table spoon of salt on are foodthe fish looked the best the beef stew with bit of pastre on top was a let down...

  • Don't ever eat here!!!

    I will try to remain totally objective in my comments about this establishment. We booked at this hotel for a special occasion Sunday lunch it was generally very dirty, the child chair they gave us for our small child was filthy with food remnants that had not been cleaned. The chairs were covered in stains and very grubby. The waiters and...

  • Dinner in Lewes

    After our long hike we were looking forward to a nice pub meal in Lewes. However, it was almost 8pm by the time we returned and none of the pubs we tried were serving food. We had a few pints in the Brewer’s Arms before going to eat at Ask, a chain restaurant specialising in Italian food, especially pizza. The food in Ask is standard Italian...


    In truth the Garden Café is less of a restaurant and more of a hatchway but on a Summer's day the opportunity to take tea in the beautiful gardens of Southover Grange shouldn't be missed. There are few tables and chairs, in fact, unless things have radically changed recently, there aren't any. There are however nearby park benches and plenty of...

  • Good lunch!

    This cafe had fresh salads, sandwiches and a nice assortment of cakes and biscuits. It's housed in an old factory, now the site of a lovely pottery shop and other craft businesses.

  • another ASK

    On a windy rainy day the tomato basil soup was just what I needed to keep me going. One note about the Ask menu for bread lovers: if you order garlic bread you get pizza crust, which is not that bad, but if you want crusty italian bread be sure to order the ciabatta bread. From stopping at ASK restaurants in a few different towns I have decided...


Lewes Nightlife

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  • Brewer's Arms

    After we returned to Lewes from our hike at 8pm we went straight to the Brewer’s Arms for a drink. Their food menu looked very tempting and very good value but, unfortunately, they had stopped serving at 6.45 and according to the barman none of the pubs nearby served food at this time. We needed to rest for a while anyway, so we stayed here for a...

  • Same gig - slightly better camera - one...

    Same gig - one year later.. David Ford at All Saints arts centre in Lewes - £5 for a ticket to see this much talent is the best Christmas present anyone could have! Anything

  • David Ford In Lewes

    All Saints Arts Centre (a former church) in Lewes was the venue for a two night charity gig "Milk and Cookies" by David Ford. They hold lots of other events there, music, theatre and cinema etc. David Ford is a local lad, has a fabulous voice and his musical talent is astounding. He is supported by an equally (well... almost!) band. The show was...


Lewes Transportation


    They say that it's better to travel than to arrive, but when you are faced with a delightful architectural gem like Lewes Railway Station, then believe me, arrival is by far the better part of the bargain. The line between Brighton and Lewes first opened in 1846 and over the years the station became a Victorian masterpiece of cast iron...

  • Parking in Lewes

    From September 2004, between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Saturday, parking in central Lewes will only be allowed in a permitted parking bay (shown with a white broken line). Anyone parking in a bay will need to display either a permit or a pay and display ticket. The pay and display tickets should be purchased from a nearby machine. Signs alongside...

  • Getting out to the other towns

    In the general area of Lewis I just walked everywhere! I even walked to Halsham one day and hitchhiked back to Lewis. But to get to London or Birighton there is Bus and Train service. The area is really beautiful!! If you do drive or walk to other towns there are road markers telling you how far and which direction to go. It makes it really easy to...


Lewes Shopping

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  • Antiques/flea markets

    Lewes has quite a few antiques shops and second-hand stuff shops. You can find anything, from cheap tacky things (see picture) to expensive antiques. You take your pick.


    When surveying the small but perfectly formed Bonne Bouche chocolate shop, the word that immediately springs to mind is 'dinky'. For the shop is so small and sweet - no pun intended - that passing potential customers automatically feel drawn to stroke and adopt it. Although is it hardly big enough to 'swing a cat', one could get away with swinging...


    Established by Mr Marston Barrett in 1938, this is a delightful old firm which has splendidly old fashioned premises stocked with jewellery, silverware, clocks, watches and some antique pieces too. You'll have to push a buzzer before being allowed to enter within but don't be put off. Service is friendly and oozing with assured professionalism....


Lewes Local Customs


    We have an age old custom in the United Kingdom which is sadly in danger of dying out. People did it for reasons wide and varied - for love, for faith, for fun, for tradition's sake, for their mum and dad, for a laugh, for money, for respectability and even tax reasons. Yes readers, I speak of the institution. In days gone by many an entertaining...

  • Firework Night

    5th of November is used by the towns Bonfire societies to commerate the foiling of the gunpowder plot to blow up Parliament and the earlier burning at the stake of 15 protestant martyrs by burning effigies of the Pope and anyone who else who happens to be annoying them at the time.This is very un-pc but there's no actual anti-catholic hatred in the...

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Lewes Warnings and Dangers

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    by themajor Updated Sep 19, 2005

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    Lewes is very good at doing 'pretty' but it is also exceptionally talented when it comes to hills. At times, when it is scorchingly hot or chillingly cold, this inclination for the inclined is a bit of a pain - on the bottom if you have slipped on ice, or the thigh if you have to scramble up its steepest offering and are as out of shape as I am. Nevertheless, it is a small price to pay and a delight if you are freewheeling on a bicycle.* To be fair, the two main shopping areas are quite level but linked by the hill in the snap - the main car park is a short stroll from the bottom of said hill. Sorry chaps but sooner or later you're going to have to get up there!

    * Though now I come to think of it, the hill in the photograph is 'one way' for traffic - and that has to go up!

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Lewes Off The Beaten Path

  • Walks around Lewes

    Everyone should take a look at the Priory and the Railway Wildlife Trust Land, just off the lower end of the High St.The hills surrounding Lewes aren't high but it's a bit of a puff to get up there. Once up though it's a different world with stunning views. The Lewes footpaths group do guides and there's a downloadable guide at:...

  • Glynde

    Glynde is a tiny village located about 2 miles east of Lewes. Glynde is best known as the home of the Glyndebourne opera, Britain’s only unsubsidised opera, which is held north of the village.

  • Mount Caburn

    Mount Caburn is a 146 metre peak on the South Downs, located about 1 mile east of Lewes. There are excellent views in all directions from the top, with Lewes in the distance, the main South Downs ridge to the south and the village of Glynde to the east. There is a seat at the summit where you can relax and enjoy the views though it is often very...


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  • Beautiful Country Homes

    I loved the country side! I spent weeks in the area so I did lots of walking!! The homes looked wonderful to me!

  • Lewes Brewery

    The Lewes Brewery is the skyline of Lewes. I've enjoyed my visits to Lewes just wandering around the small streets! I have friends here so it was a little different for me!

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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