Lewes Castle is one of the oldest castles in England, built soon after the Norman Conquest. The views over the town of Lewes, the River Ouse and the surrounding Downs are worth the climb up the Keep.
Barbican House Museum, opposite the Castle, tells the story of Sussex from the Stone Age through the medieval period. Displays include flint tools, pottery, weapons, jewelry and other archaeological discoveries. It also houses a model of Lewes during the Victorian period.
Special family sessions on archaeological and historical themes are held all year. Other events include a Medieval Day and open-air theatre performances.