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(25 Minutes from Burgess Hill)
“This early Norman motte and bailey castle was built by William de Braose around 1075, and remained in the ownership of the de Braose family for over 250 years. The castle was the caput (head) of the barony of Bramber, one of the feudal administrative divisions of Sussex, and occupies a site with commanding views across the River Adur and the surrounding countryside.
For more information, visit, Bramber’swebsite
(25 minutes from Burgess Hill)
The construction of Lewes Castle began soon after 1066 and it was intended to be the Norman Noble William de Warenne’s stronghold in Sussex. In fact, the castle was not completed until 300 years later with the building of the Barbican.
“Visit the adjoining Museum of Sussex Archaeology to view artefacts from prehistoric to medieval Sussex, plus temporary exhibitions that showcase treasures from our collections.
Discover the story of Lewes through a delightful model of the town and short film, and look out for talks and workshops throughout the year.
Don’t forget to bring your picnic to enjoy in the lovely gardens. Why not see if you can spot a very special cannon in the grounds?”
For more information, visit Lewes Castle & Museum – Sussex Past
(40 minutes from Burgess Hill)
The seat of The Dukes of Norfolk and set in 40 acres of sweeping grounds and gardens, Arundel Castle has been open to visitors seasonally for nearly 200 years. It is one of the great treasure houses of England, with its own unique place in history and a collection of priceless works of art. Come and see paintings and furniture, tapestries and stained glass, china and clocks, sculpture and carving, heraldry and armour in stunning room settings.
For more information, visit Arundel Castle’s website
(50 minutes from Burgess Hill)
“Walk the massive outer walls and gatehouse of one of the Romans’ Saxon shore forts, within which the Normans built another oval-shaped castle, now ruined. Parts of the towers, keep and chapel remain and Elizabethan catapult balls and cannon can also be seen. Reopened in summer 2019, the castle features a new interpretation that tells its story from when it was first fortified by the Romans, to its time used as a coastal fortress in WWII. The dungeon is now accessible all year round, as are two towers that weren’t previously accessible, and a new museum showcases jewellery, household items and weaponry, reflecting not only the castle’s military occupation but also its history as a home to families over the centuries.
A new trail for children takes them on a mission around the castle and gets them to explore its nooks and crannies and look for hidden things.
For more information, visit Pevensey Castle’s website
(1hr, 15 minutes from Burgess Hill)
One of the most famous and evocative castles in Britain, Bodiam was built in 1385, as both a defence and a comfortable home. The exterior is virtually complete and the ramparts rise dramatically above the moat. Enough of the interior survives to give an impression of castle life. There are spiral staircases and battlements to explore, and wonderful views of the Rother Valley from the top of the towers.
For more information, visit the National Trust’s website.
(1 hour and 20 minutes from Burgess Hill)
“Take a step back in time and discover the fascinating history of Britain’s first Norman castle – built by William the Conqueror in 1067. An iconic landmark of England’s tumultuous past, Hastings Castle represents a seismic shift in the direction of England; historically, politically and culturally. It is a jewel in the crown of England’s historic past.
High above the town of Hastings, the castle boasts the most spectacular views in all of Sussex – and is the perfect spot for a family picnic.
For more information, visit the: Hastings Castle & 1066 Story – Visit 1066 Country
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