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Pevensey & Westham

National Rail | station code PEV

East Sussex Offers & Links

The station serves the adjacent villages of Westham (near the station) and Pevensey (beyond the Castle). Pevensey is an ancient village originally built on an island surrounded by the sea, but the sea is now over a mile away at Pevensey Bay. Pevensey Bay station has a very limited service.


Pevensey map

Pevensey Castle EH ½ mile

Pevensey Castle has a long and rich history: the ruins of a Norman castle stand within the walls of a large Roman coastal fort. The Roman walls stand today at almost their full height. In 1066 William the Conqueror landed here to begin his invasion of England (see Battle) and he built a fortress within the Roman walls, this later developed into a medieval castle with a gatehouse and towered walls. The Castle was used again in 1940 with machine-gun posts camouflaged into its walls. Exhibition and audio tour.
Open Apr-Oct, Daily 1000-1700. Nov-Mar, SSu 1000-1600.

Pevensey Court House Museum ¾ mile

Displays of local life and customs in the 16th century former Town Hall. Court Room, cells and exercise yard. Old weights and measures. Admission free.
Open Easter weekend and Jun-Sep, WThFSSu 1100-1600.

Observatory Science Centre by bus

A hands-on science and discovery centre among the domes and telescopes of an astronomical observatory. Telescope tours. Science shows during school holidays (see website). Café.
Open WSSu 1000-1600, see website to book a visit.
Bus 49 from near station to entrance, about 15 minutes journey, mid Feb-Oct, Wed only, infrequent but suitable for visiting. Operated by Cuckmere Buses.

Herstmonceux Castle by bus

The themed gardens surrounding the 15th century moated castle include Elizabethan, rose and apothecary gardens. Wild flower meadow. Ponds. Woodland with bluebells in late spring. Castle tours (see website). Tearoom.
Open closed for repairs.
Bus as Herstmonceux Observatory Science Centre above.