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County - Sussex | Map
Tel code: 01273 | code search
Postcode: BN7 | code search
Population: 16000
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Lewes History
Birthplace of:
Richard Challoner Thomas Gage Gideon Mantell
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Food Legends:
Imperial Russian Stout
Folk Customs:
Jack in the Green
Little Edith's Treat

Lewes Events

May
Charleston Festival
Glyndebourne Festival Opera
Lewes Folk Rock

July
Ringmer Steam & Country Show
Rock in the Bog

August
Chiddingly Horse Show & Fun Dog Show
Firle Place Horse Trials and Country Fair
Firle Vintage Summer Fair
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Wellingham Walled Herb Garden
"Well, a non-visit in fact. We drove best part of a mile from the A26, where the "garden" was well signposted, down a winding lane, and eventually found a locked ..." More

Harts Leisure Club
"This is my last visit to this crumbling ruin. No joking - despite the date. Today the problem was yet again the boiler in the Leisure Club which, apparently, had ..." More

Lewes Dental Clinic
"this place should be closed down. i had six appointments cancelled in less than a year for myself and my family with barely a concern for the inconvenience caused. my ..." More

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"Middle farm at Firle is a good place to visit as the children can see chickens, ducks, shire horses and even see cows being milked ,they sell plants, and there ..." More

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Latest reviews | Events in Lewes | 10 Places to Stay

Most historians agree that Lewes’ name derives from the Old English ‘hlaews’ (‘hills’ or ‘mounds’) as Lewes is built into the slopes either side of the Ouse Valley. Once the home of Tom Paine, the author of the Rights of Man, and the home of Harveys Brewery, Lewes has long been known for its spirit of independence and the inhabitants are proud of its long history as administrative capital of East Sussex, stretching back to Saxon times, which is reflected in the eclectic architecture of the place. It remains a great town to visit, full of independent shops, imaginative eateries and fascinating monuments. 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 a handsome townhouse, gifted by Henry VIII to his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, as part of her divorce settlement. Many other fine houses, timber framed and 'mathematically tiled', line the streets allowing residents and visitors a glimpse into the true essence 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 was 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 twittens will uncover all the specialist retailers that can be found: unique bookshops, boutiques and antique shops adjacent to contemporary art/craft workshops. The Needlemakers centre houses a collection of small craft based outlets selling jewellery, toys, pottery, candles and much more. Lewes is home to an unusally large number of traditional and extraordinary pubs, as well as restaurants and eateries. The aroma of malt and hops from Harvey's Brewery, Sussex's oldest operational brewery, wafts over Cliffe Bridge and the river Ouse, and down to the pedestrian precinct at the lower end of the High Street. Nearby Glyndebourne offers world class opera from early May to late August and in October before the annual tour.

Accountant

Clark Brownscombe
Edens Chartered Accountants
Horlock I F A Consultants Ltd
Simply Payrolls Ltd

Attraction

Anne of Cleves House
Bentley Wildfowl & Motor Museum
Breaky Bottom Vineyard
Charleston
Firle Place
Glynde Place
Harvey & Son (Lewes) Ltd
Lewes Castle, Barbican House Museum
Lewes Priory
Monks House
Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare
Thebes Gallery
Wellingham Walled Herb Garden

Care Home

Claydon House
Lydfords Care Home

Charity

Glyndebourne Arts Trust

Cottage

Decoy Cottage
Pekes
Vane Cottage

Council

Lewes District Council

Dentist

Albion Street Dental Practice
Dental Surgery
Lewes Dental Clinic

Doctor

Dr Crean & Partners
Dr Hempshall & Partners
School Hill Medical Practice

Estate Agent

Clifford Dann
Gorringe Rowland & Co
Strutt & Parker
Wycherley A

Farmers Market

Lewes Farmers Market
Lewes Food Market

Golf Club

Lewes

Health and Fitness Club

Harts Leisure Club

Inn

Crown Inn
Newmarket Inn

The Roebuck Inn

Market

Lewes Farmers Market
Lewes Flea Market
Lewes Food Market

Pub and Bar

Anchor Inn
Chalk Pit
Dorset Arms
Five Bells Restaurant & Bar
Fountain
Gardeners Arms
Kings Head
Lamb
Meridian
Pumphouse
Royal Oak
Snowdrop
Swan Inn
The Black Lion Inn
White Star Inn

Restaurant

Anchor Inn

Chalk Pit
Circa at Pelham House
Dorset Arms
Five Bells Restaurant & Bar
Fountain
Guido's
Kings Head
Lazzati's
Long Room
Pailin Restaurant
Panda Garden
Pumphouse
Seasons Of Lewes
Si Eaterie
Snowdrop

School

Lewes Old Grammar School
Northease Manor School

Self-Catering

Decoy Cottage
Freedom Holiday Homes
Lewes Townhouse

Pekes

Solicitor

Blaker Son & Young

Taxi

Becks
Castle Taxis
G M Taxis
Lewes Taxis
Phoenix Cars
Ringmer Cabs
S & G Taxis

Theatre

Glyndebourne Festival Opera House

Vet

Cliffe Veterinary Group

Sports Clubs

Bridgeview Judo Club (Martial Arts)
Lewes (Amateur Football)
Lewes (Men's Hockey)
Lewes (Women's Hockey)
Lewes Priory CC (Cricket)
Lewes Rugby Football Club (Rugby Union)
Sussex Police Ladies Hockey Club (Women's Hockey)

Shops

Bags Of Books
Cliffe Bookshop

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Jarman David
Unicorn Books Ltd
Riverside Flowers
Boots
Boathouse Farm Shop
Middle Farm
Rymans
Wyevale Garden Centre
Barcombe Nurseries
Glynde Kitchen Garden
Fur Feather 'n' Fins
The Gift & Card Company
Brats
Wyborns Pharmacy
K Chapple Optometrist
JustTrade.org
Fogdens
Shoe Gallery
Townings Farm
The Lewes Gallery
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Star Gallery
Michael Cooper
Holland and Barratt
Barcombe Nurseries
Full of Beans
Lansdown Health Foods
Superdrug
Sussex Stationers
Julian Graves
Specsavers
White Stuff

Antiques

Southdown Antiques
School Hill Antiques
Pastorale Antiques
Antique Interiors
Lewes Antiques Centre

Activities

Airworks Paragliding Centre(Airsports)
Flybubble Paragliding(Airsports)
Sussex Hang Gliding & Paragliding(Airsports)
Swanborough Fishing Lakes(Fishing)

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Places to Stay near Lewes

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Lewes Townhouse (0.28 miles)

Lewes Townhouse

Nestling in the heart of the South Downs National Park, Lewes Townhouse sits in the centre of town and set over three floors. The fully equipped kitchen/diner is on the ground floor. Upstairs is the ... More | visit website

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Crown Inn (0.36 miles)

Crown Inn

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Thought to be the oldest inn in the picturesque town of Lewes, this 17th century property offers comfortable B&B accommodation in a welcoming and friendly environment. The Crown is a family-run property ... More

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White Hart Hotel (0.42 miles)

White Hart Hotel

This charming 16th century coaching inn with Tudor beams and log fire has been magnificently extended to include a leisure complex with swimming pool, sauna, steam room and gymnasium. Enjoy historic public rooms, carvery restaurant, ... More | visit website

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Pelham House (0.43 miles)

Pelham House

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Pelham House is a 16th Century Town House Hotel in East Sussex. Restored to create a stylish venue it combines elegance and history, and is just 10mins from Brighton.

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Shelleys Hotel (0.64 miles)

Shelleys Hotel
A graceful 17th-century manor house once owned by the famous poet's family. Set in the heart of Lewes, close to the remains of a norman castle and convenient for the South Downs and Glyndebourne A ... More | visit website
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The Blacksmiths Arms (1.69 miles)

The Blacksmiths Arms
Bernard, Sylvia and our friendly staff welcome you to the Blacksmiths Arms, situated on the London Road 1 mile north of Lewes on the A275. Here at The Blacksmiths Arms we are well ... More | visit website
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Newmarket Inn (2.78 miles)

Newmarket Inn

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With a convenient location, right on the A27 between Brighton and Lewes, this comfortable hotel, bar and restaurant offers a mix of traditional values and modern facilities. Newmarket Inn offers excellent access ... More

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Decoy Cottage (3.89 miles)

Decoy Cottage

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In a lovely rural situation, close to the South Downs, this very comfortable, single storey cottage lies within grounds boasting a beautiful fishing lake and a charming ... More

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The Downs Hotel (5.02 miles)

The Downs Hotel
Welcome to The Downs Hotel, surrounded by the beautiful South Downs countryside, in Woodingdean, with the historic village of Rottingdean and the beach nearby. We pride ourselves in offering you immaculately clean, stylish and comfortable ... More | visit website
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The Roebuck Inn (5.36 miles)

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The Roebuck Inn is family run and has a homecooked, locally sourced menu. Each room has ensuite facilities : Individual key card room entry system : Tea and Coffee facilities ... More

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