Castles in Sussex
Historic sites in Sussex


Castles and Historic Sites in Sussex

From fairytale moated castles and palaces to the homes of literary greats, there is so much to discover in Sussex.

Historic Homes & Palaces

Royal Pavilion Brighton

For historic buildings and stunning architecture, Sussex has it all.  Head to the Royal Pavilion in Brighton for opulent surroundings or visit Anne of Cleves House in Lewes for an insight into Henry VIII 4th wife.


Castles & Fortresses

Herstmonceux Castle in Sussex

Discover the many fortifications around Sussex from the moated Herstmonceux Castle and Elizabethan gardens to Bodiam Castle reached by steam railway, or Arundel Castle, one of the great treasure houses of England.  Lewes Castle is a fine example of a Norman castle and home to the fascinating Museum of Sussex.


Churches & Cathedrals

Arundel Cathedral, photo by Russ Tooley

A fine example of the French Gothic style, Arundel Cathedral has a stunning location overlooking the town.  For something a little more compact, Lullington Church in the South Downs is claimed to be the smallest in England, nearby Litlington Church in the Cuckmere Valley is known for George IV's secret wedding and the first Norman church in England, St Mary's Church, is steeped in history near Pevensey - the landing place of William the Conqueror.


Transport Heritage

Bluebell Railway

Sussex is the ideal spot for railway heritage, with the Bluebell Railway featured in TV & film, providing steam engines and restored stations from the 1950's.  Kent & East Sussex Railway offers a delightful steam locomotive ride to Bodiam Castle and the Lavender Line includes a beautful 2 mile ride and the opportunity to explore the Victorian station and signal box.  For motoring enthusiasts, the museum at Bentley displays a range of vintage and classic motors from turn of the century to Formula 1, all in the setting of a country park! 

Michelham Priory in Sussex

More Historic Sites

Head to Michelham Priory, a former Augustinian priory with watermill and stunning gardens, or for industrial heritage Amberley Museum has it all from a narrow gauge railway to a blacksmith, stained glass maker, potter and traditional crafts.

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