At the heart of Sussex Country lies the beautiful town of Lewes. Presiding over the stunning Sussex Downs , the impressive county town is steeped in history. Although surrounded by chalk cliffs, the Norman Castle of William de Warenne dominates the townscape, especially when illuminated at night. Its keep overlooks the barbican house and museum and a short walk leads to the handsome townhouse of Anne of Cleves , a gift to Henry VIII ’s fourth wife as part of her divorce settlement. Many fine houses, timber framed and 'mathematically tiled' buildings line the streets allowing residents and visitors a glimpse into the true essence and variety of bygone Lewes.
It was Lewes resident and American art dealer E.P Warren who commissioned Rodin to create his famous sculpture 'The Kiss', which he then gifted to the town. Scandalised Lewes residents banished the sculpture to a stable block where it remained hidden for 20 years until purchased by the Tate Gallery .
There is much to see and do in the town and explorations of the medieval streets and tiny twittens will uncover all the specialist retailers that can be found. Unique bookshops, boutiques and antique shops criss-crossed with contemporary art/craft workshops. The Old Needlemakers houses a collection of small craft based outlets selling jewellery, toys, pottery, candles and much more. Lewes is also home to traditional and extraordinary pubs and many top class restaurants and eateries. On various weekdays the aroma of malt and hops from Harvey's Brewery, Sussex's oldest operational brewery, wafts over Cliff Bridge and the river Ouse, and down to the pedestrian precinct at the lower end of the High Street.
Free town maps are available at the Tourist Information Centre.
For further information please visit our website
For more information contact:
Lewes District Council 1273 471600
Tourist Information Numbers
If you like this, Share it
This page visited 10306 times since 28th April 2009
Previous destinations of the month:
Starry Starry Night, Look You – Dark Skies Tourism, South Wales | Mills and Hills in Central Lancashire, Lancashire | Get Fit on the North York Moors, North Yorkshire | A West Country Christmas – Dorset in December, Dorset | Nottinghamshire – Rural and Urban, Nottinghamshire | The Test Valley, Hampshire | Ashdown Forest, Sussex | The Rugged Northumberland Coast , Northumberland | The Resorts of North Devon, Devon | The Queen's London, London | Denbighshire , North Wales | York and Its Surrounds, North Yorkshire | The High Weald of Kent, Kent | Leisure, Luxury and Retail Heaven in Leeds , West Yorkshire | Rejuvenate Yourself in Rejuvenated Belfast , Belfast | Seasonal Fun in Brum, West Midlands | Autumn in the Southern Chilterns, Buckinghamshire | Cheshire Peaks and Plains, Cheshire | Essex’s Colne Valley, Essex | Cardigan Bay, West Wales | South Wales Valleys, South Wales | Highland Perthshire, Perthshire | South Downs National Park, Sussex | Royal Wedding London, London | Vale of Belvoir, Leicestershire | The Oxfordshire Cotswolds, Oxfordshire | Huntingdonshire, Cambridgeshire | Edinburgh at Christmas, Edinburgh and the Lothians | Marvellous Manchester, Greater Manchester | The National Forest, Derbyshire | East Lothian, Edinburgh and the Lothians | Regency Brighton and Hove, Sussex | Isle of Purbeck, Dorset | The Somerset Levels, Somerset | Llandudno, North Wales | Hereford, Herefordshire | Cheltenham, Gloucestershire | Bristol, the Great West City, Bristol | Weardale, County Durham | Festive London, London | Islay, Isle of Islay | Blackpool and the Lancashire Coast, Lancashire | The Vale of Evesham, Worcestershire | Land of the Prince Bishops, County Durham | The North Cornwall Coast, Cornwall | Torbay, Devon | Dumfries & Galloway, Dumfries and Galloway | West Highland Way, Argyll | Caithness and Sutherland, Highlands | Harrogate & its Surrounds, North Yorkshire | Sheffield, South Yorkshire