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Lewes

Nestled in the rolling countryside, it’s easy to imagine you’ve landed in an Austen novel when you step off the platform at Lewes.

This pretty medieval town is home to winding streets set to a backdrop of the South Downs and is the perfect antidote to the rush of modern life. Travel direct from London Victoria and arrive in Lewes in just over an hour.

We’re here to make getting to Lewes easy so you can sit in comfort as bustling cityscapes give way to meandering countryside. Arriving at the pretty Victorian station you’ll step off the platform feeling refreshed and ready to stroll the ancient streets.

The town centre is located a short walk from the station where you’ll find old churches alongside independent shops and quaint cafes - making our trains the best option for Lewes days out.

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Getting to Lewes

With Southern getting to Lewes by train is a pleasurable experience and gives you plenty of time to plan your day to perfection. We can also offer ways for you save on your train fare, meaning you have more money to spend on afternoon tea in any one of the quaint cafes.

We boast a range of Railcards, so why not take a look and discover which ones are most suitable for you and take advantage of our excellent discounts. Travelling Off-Peak not only saves you money, but it makes getting to Lewes all the more enjoyable with often quieter carriages. If you’re heading to Lewes to enjoy the variety of country walks and are travelling in a group of 3-9 adults then you can benefit from our generous GroupSave offering. Lewes days out don’t have to cost the earth, and by booking with us you can start saving on your adventure early!

Things to do in Lewes

With old English churches, independent retailers and narrow passageways, visitors can glimpse a town of yesteryear.

The Norman castle towers over the town and is in stark contrast to the chalky hills of the South Downs and offers panoramic views. Visitors can enjoy a self-guided tour around the castle or explore the Barbican House Museum and uncover the archaeological history of Sussex from Stone Age to Victorian times.

Wander down into the town and visit the house of Anne of Cleeves. Although it was part of her annulment to Henry VIII, the former queen never actually lived there. The museum is a fine example of a Tudor homestead however, with the garden being landscaped accordingly too. Complete your trip to the house with a stop off in the cafe, for homemade baked goods and a refreshing pot of tea.

Southover Grange Gardens are one of the most relaxing things to do in Lewes. Situated no more than a five minute walk from the pretty railway station, these Elizabethan gardens are a riot of colour, with vibrant borders, fastidiously tended lawns, rose gardens and mature trees. The 16th century house still stands and now plays host to wedding parties.

Beer lovers will enjoy visiting Harvey’s Brewery, the oldest in the county, making traditional English cask ales. Take a tour of the Georgian business and pick the brains of master brewers. Call in at the brewery shop on Cliffe High Street for Harvey’s selection of ales and wines.

Lewes is a town divided by the River Ouse, and the high street spans both sides with popular high street stores as well as independent boutiques and quaint cafes.

Lewes days out truly have something for everyone and getting to Lewes couldn’t be easier with us so why not book your tickets online and get exploring!

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Lewes

Nestled in the rolling countryside, it’s easy to imagine you’ve landed in an Austen novel when you step off the platform at Lewes.

This pretty medieval town is home to winding streets set to a backdrop of the South Downs and is the perfect antidote to the rush of modern life. Travel direct from London Victoria and arrive in Lewes in just over an hour.

We’re here to make getting to Lewes easy so you can sit in comfort as bustling cityscapes give way to meandering countryside. Arriving at the pretty Victorian station you’ll step off the platform feeling refreshed and ready to stroll the ancient streets.

The town centre is located a short walk from the station where you’ll find old churches alongside independent shops and quaint cafes - making our trains the best option for Lewes days out.

Buy your ticket now

Getting to Lewes

With Southern getting to Lewes by train is a pleasurable experience and gives you plenty of time to plan your day to perfection. We can also offer ways for you save on your train fare, meaning you have more money to spend on afternoon tea in any one of the quaint cafes.

We boast a range of Railcards, so why not take a look and discover which ones are most suitable for you and take advantage of our excellent discounts. Travelling Off-Peak not only saves you money, but it makes getting to Lewes all the more enjoyable with often quieter carriages. If you’re heading to Lewes to enjoy the variety of country walks and are travelling in a group of 3-9 adults then you can benefit from our generous GroupSave offering. Lewes days out don’t have to cost the earth, and by booking with us you can start saving on your adventure early!

Things to do in Lewes

With old English churches, independent retailers and narrow passageways, visitors can glimpse a town of yesteryear.

The Norman castle towers over the town and is in stark contrast to the chalky hills of the South Downs and offers panoramic views. Visitors can enjoy a self-guided tour around the castle or explore the Barbican House Museum and uncover the archaeological history of Sussex from Stone Age to Victorian times.

Wander down into the town and visit the house of Anne of Cleeves. Although it was part of her annulment to Henry VIII, the former queen never actually lived there. The museum is a fine example of a Tudor homestead however, with the garden being landscaped accordingly too. Complete your trip to the house with a stop off in the cafe, for homemade baked goods and a refreshing pot of tea.

Southover Grange Gardens are one of the most relaxing things to do in Lewes. Situated no more than a five minute walk from the pretty railway station, these Elizabethan gardens are a riot of colour, with vibrant borders, fastidiously tended lawns, rose gardens and mature trees. The 16th century house still stands and now plays host to wedding parties.

Beer lovers will enjoy visiting Harvey’s Brewery, the oldest in the county, making traditional English cask ales. Take a tour of the Georgian business and pick the brains of master brewers. Call in at the brewery shop on Cliffe High Street for Harvey’s selection of ales and wines.

Lewes is a town divided by the River Ouse, and the high street spans both sides with popular high street stores as well as independent boutiques and quaint cafes.

Lewes days out truly have something for everyone and getting to Lewes couldn’t be easier with us so why not book your tickets online and get exploring!

Buy your ticket now

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