The county town and administrative centre of East Sussex nestles against the glorious backdrop of the South Downs. Initially a Saxon village, the Normans built a castle to protect the town after the Norman Conquest and the town has thrived ever since.
Today Lewes attracts visitors who come for the wide range of independent shops that can be found along the entire length of the High Street, and tucked away down Sussex twittens. Visitors to the town's many delis, cafes and restaurants will find a cuisine to suit them and those wishing to stay can choose from comfy family run B&B’s to elegant 4-star hotels. Lewes celebrates Bonfire Night in a very big way, with street parades, huge firework displays and revelry that lasts long into the night. The towns population of 17,000 rises to over 50,000 for that one night!
Visit the Tourist Information Centre in the High Street to pick up the latest information.
How do I get to Lewes?
Southern Trains operate a range of services from London and the south coast to Lewes, providing easy access from Haywards Heath, Gatwick Airport, Hastings and Ashford for the Eurostar and Worthing, Chichester and Portsmouth.
London Victoria to Lewes direct takes just over 1 hour with trains departing every 30 mins. Brighton to Lewes takes 15 mins with 4 trains an hour. Eastbourne to Lewes takes 20 mins with 4 trains an hour. Newhaven Harbour to Lewes – 10 minutes with 2 trains an hour.
www.nationalrail.co.uk Tel: 08457 48 49 50
Regular bus services operate to Lewes from surrounding towns and villages. Go to traveline.org.uk Tel: 0870 608 2608
Lewes is easily accessible by car with ample parking across the town.
Parking in Lewes
Visitors to Lewes can park in public car parks and on street pay and display bays by displaying a valid ticket from the nearest machine. Different charges apply so please click here for more information.
There are three taxi ranks outside of Lewes train station.