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Lewes

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Lewes is an historic market town on the River Ouse with remains of a Castle and ruins of a Priory. The Bus Station is about ½ mile from the Rail Station. Lewes PlusBus tickets are valid within the Lewes urban area. Lewes is pronounced 'Loo-is'.

TI 187 High Street. Tel. 01273 483448.
www.southdowns.gov.uk

Lewes Castle and Barbican House Museum ½ mile

Only the Keep and Barbican of the castle remain. Excellent views from the top. Museum of Sussex Archaeology in Barbican House. Tel. 01273 486290.
Open Daily 1100-1730 or dusk if earlier.
www.sussexpast.co.uk

Anne of Cleves House ½ mile

A timber-framed house containing a museum of life in Sussex, including an important collection of Sussex ironwork. Garden with roses and herbs. Tel. 01273 474610.
Open Feb-Nov, Daily 1100-1700, subject to alteration on Sat.
www.sussexpast.co.uk

Railway Land Nature Reserve ½ mile

A nature reserve of wet woodland, reedbeds and flood plain meadows beside the River Ouse. The land was once occupied by railway sidings. An old signalbox is used as a bird watching hide. The main entrance is off Railway Lane but you can also enter from Pinwell Road.
Open any reasonable time.
www.railwaylandproject.org

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Lewes attractions map

Lavender Line by bus

A 2 mile standard gauge preserved railway to Worth Halt with steam and heritage diesel trains. Original Victorian station and signal box at Isfield. Museum coach, model railway, miniature railway and children's play area. Buffet. Events programme. Tel. 01825 750515.
Open Sun & BH 1100-1700.
www.lavender-line.co.uk
Bus 29 from opposite Bus Station (½ mile) to Isfield station, 13 minutes journey, Sun & BH hourly. Operated by Brighton & Hove. Buses also operate from Uckfield.

Bluebell Railway by bus

A preserved all-steam railway from Sheffield Park to Horsted Keynes and East Grinstead. Over 30 locomotives. Period stations. Museum and restaurant at Sheffield Park. Tel. 01825 720800.
Open please see the website.
www.bluebell-railway.co.uk
Bus 121 from Bus Station (½ mile) to Sheffield Park station, Sat only, 2-hourly, 30 minutes journey. Operated by Compass Travel. Buses also operate from Haywards Heath.
The Bluebell Railway operates from East Grinstead station.

Sheffield Park and Garden NT by bus

An informal landscape garden with lakes. Rhododendrons and azaleas blooming in early summer. Spectacular autumn colours. Parkland with countryside views. Restaurant. Tel. 01825 790231.
Open Daily 1000-1700 (1600 Nov-Feb).
www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Bus 121 from Bus Station (½ mile) to car park. See Bluebell Railway above.
Sheffield Park Garden is ¾ mile walk from Sheffield Park station on the Bluebell Railway which operates from East Grinstead. Use the footpath direct across parkland, not the busy A275 road.

Sheffield Park map

Monk's House NT by bus then ½ mile

This small weather-boarded house was the home of Leonard and Virginia Woolf. Tel. 01273 474760.
Open Apr-Oct WThFSSu 1300-1700.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Bus 123 from outside Rail Station (and Bus Station) to Rodmell, Abergavenny Arms, then walk ½ mile through village. M-S about every 2 hours, 15 minutes journey. Operated by Compass Travel.
Monk's House is 1¼ miles from Southease.

Monk's House map

Middle Farm by bus

A working family farm at the foot of the South Downs. Jersey cows, pigs, sheep and other farm animals. Children's playground. Farm shop. Restaurant and picnic area. Tel. 01323 811411.
Open please see website.
www.middlefarm.com
Bus 125 from Bus Station (½ mile) to entrance, about 15 minutes journey. M-S infrequent. Operated by Compass Travel and Cuckmere Buses.

Charleston Farmhouse by bus

The home of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant who transformed the house by painting the walls, doors and furniture in their own style. Charleston became the country meeting place of the Bloomsbury group of artists, writers and intellectuals. Guided tours WThFS. Walled garden. Tearoom. Tel. 01323 811265.
Open Apr-Oct, WThFSSu & BH 1400-1800, last admission 1700.
www.charleston.org.uk
Bus 125 from Bus Station (½ mile) to entrance drive (½ mile), about 20 minutes journey, M-S infrequent. Operated by Compass Travel and Cuckmere Buses.

Drusillas Park by bus

A wide variety of animals in naturalistic environments, including meerkats and a walk-through bat enclosure. Petworld, miniature railway, adventure playground. Café and restaurant. Tel. 01323 874100.
Open Daily 1000-1800 (closes 1700 Nov-Mar).
www.drusillas.co.uk
Bus 125 from Bus Station (½ mile) to entrance, about 25 minutes journey, M-S infrequent. Operated by Compass Travel and Cuckmere Buses. Buses also operate from Berwick and Polegate.

Alfriston Clergy House NT by bus

A medieval thatched cottage with a picturesque garden. This was the first building to be acquired by the National Trust. Tel. 01323 871961.
Open Mar-Oct MTWSSu 1030-1700, Nov-mid Dec SSu 1100-1600.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Bus 125 from Bus Station (½ mile) to Alfriston Coach Park, about 30 minutes journey, M-S infrequent. Operated by Compass Travel and Cuckmere Buses. Buses also operate from Berwick, Polegate and Seaford.

Bus routes map