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Attractions and Days Out

Lewes and Surrounding Area

Monks House

Virginia Woolf’s country retreat - National Trust 

Rodmell BN7 3HF

01273 474760.

About 2 miles South

Lewes Castle and Museum

1000 year old Norman Castle with spectacular views of Lewes and surrounding area, including the Lodges! Museum holds collections of local Archaeology including finds from Iford and Swanborough, also the story of Lewes 

01273 486290

Priory Ruins

Once the largest Cluniac Monastery outside France, subsequently destroyed in the dissolution and now a peaceful place to wander around and marvel at the scale of what was once there.  

Also a pleasant route to walk to Lewes.  Ask for directions

Anne of Cleves House

15th Century town house, part of the divorce settlement from Henry VIII, now housing museum of furniture and artefacts of Sussex interest.  Also a nice tea room.  

52 Southover High Street, Lewes BN7 1JA

01273 474610

Charleston Farmhouse

Home of the Bloomsbury group and transformed during their residence from ordinary farmhouse to lavishly decorated and painted work of art. 

Charleston, Firle, Near Lewes BN8 6LL

01323 811626

Booking essential.  

The Depot Cinema

A beautiful new independant cinema with three screens, showing a wide range of films. A lovely Restaurant, cafe and bar. Generally a lovely place to hang out! 

Pinwell Road, Lewes BN7 2JS (near the Station) 

01273 525354


Further Afield

Sheffield Park and Garden

Capability Brown gardens, parkland and lakes.  Particularly stunning in Autumn with a vivid display of colours.  

National Trust, TN22 3QX, 

About a 30 mins drive

Wakehurst Place

Extension of Kew Gardens, over 500 acres of gardens, woodlands and nature reserves, also home to the Millennium Seed Bank project. 

Ardingly, RH17 6TN, 

About a 30 mins drive


Intimate garden set around a romantic house and ruins.  

National Trust, Staplefield Lane, Haywards Heath, RH17 6EB

About a 30 mins drive

Bordehill Gardens

A great English garden with rare plants and stunning landscapes.  

Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath, RH16 1XP, 

About a 30 mins drive

Arundel Castle and Arundel

A restored medieval castle and stately home, nestled against the beautiful town of Arundel.  

Arundel, BN18 9AB

About a 1 hour drive


Home of Winston Churchill, stunning house and gardens. 

Mapleton Road, Westerham, TN16 1PS 

About a 1 hour drive

Bodiam Castle

A classic and picturesque 14th Century moated castle, the making of 1000 postcards!  

Robertsbridge, TN32 5UA,

About a 1 hour drive

Ideal For Families


Bluebell Railway

Steam heritage railway line, 11 miles long running between Sheffield Park (see above) and East Grinstead.  

Regular special events. 

Sheffield Park Station, TN22 3QL 

About a 20 mins drive


Zoo and amusement park, the “best small zoo in Europe.”

Aimed at children 2-10 years.  

Alfriston Road, BN26 5QS 

About a 20 mins drive


Animal Sanctuary and café.  

The Broyle, Ringmer BN8 5AJ

01825 840252

Hurstmonceux Science Centre

Hands on science exhibitions and world famous observatory. 

BN27 1RN,

01323 832731 

About a 45 mins drive

Knockhatch Adventure Park

Adventure playground, mini Go-Karting and dry ski centre.  

Hailsham, BN27 3GD

01323 442051

About a 30 mins drive

Pitch and Putt, Roedean 

Mini golf and café overlooking Brighton Marina and the sea.  

Roedean, Brighton, BN2 5RL 

about a 20 mins drive

Skyhigh Trampoline Park

Indoor trampoline centre,

Meridian Way, Peacehaven, BN10 8JQ

01273 580029

about a 20 mins drive

Brighton Pier

Traditonal seaside fun on world famous pier. 

Maderia Drive, Brighton, BN2 1TW

Middle Farm

Open farm, petting, farm shop, café and home of National Collection of Cider and Perry. Something for everyone! 

West Firle, BN8 6LJ

01323 811411

About a 20 mins drive

Newhaven Fort

19th Century fort to defend the port of Newhaven, explore the tunnels and defences and enjoy the museum.  

Fort Road, Newhaven BN9 9DS

01273 517622 

about a 10 mins drive

Monkey Business

Indoor childrens amusement centre with café.  

Cliffe Industrial Estate BN8 6JL

01273 311560 

about a 10 mins drive

Please check ahead to see if any of the following suggestions have altered their operations due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.

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