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In addition to its wealth of natural beauty - from expansive downs to dramatic coastlines - East Sussex is home to some spectacular and historic market towns. From prehistoric times through the Norman conquest, to the present day, this southern county has played an important role in the formation of the country. Visitors to East Sussex can learn about every step of the journey through the many historical attractions, such as the Barbican House Museum. Situated in the pretty town of Lewes, there are plenty of fine hotels nearby.
Adjoined to the remarkable castle, set just back from Lewes high street, is the Barbican House Museum. This fascinating collection displays a whole host of relics dating from the Stone Age to the medieval era. From Roman pottery to weapons and jewellery, the collection is as diverse as it is unique. With gorgeous tapestries and interactive displays, there's plenty in the Barbican House Museum to keep the whole family entertained.
Lewes Castle is one of the county's real historical gems. The castle is largely intact and, standing at the highest point of Lewes, offering superb views of the surrounding area. The castle was built in 1069 for the son-in-law of William the Conqueror, providing context for the Norman conquest, which is responsible for a considerable chunk of the county's history!
The county town, Lewes is one of the prettiest and most enchanting places in all of East Sussex. The high street is lined with historic buildings, spanning 15th century shops and grand Georgian homes. There are plenty of places to eat and drink, and an impressive flea market for those who love to shop.
Lewes is home to some of the best hotels in East Sussex, meaning visitors to the Barbican House Museum needn't travel far to rest their head. The grand White Hart Hotel is just steps away from the museum and castle, and offers an indoor pool, fitness suite and restaurant. There are a number of peaceful rural retreats in the countryside surrounding Lewes. Alternatively, the lively city of Brighton and Hove is just 20 minutes away by train or bus.