Castles & Historic Houses in Sussex

Fit for Kings and Queens alike, step back in time at some of our finest castles. Sussex has a rich history with majestic castles and historic houses sure to wow visitors of all ages.

Pevensey Castle

Castle Road, Pevensey, East Sussex, BN24 5LE
Founded in the 4th century as one of the last of the Roman ‘Saxon Shore’ forts, Pevensey Castle was also the landing place of William the Conqueror’s army in 1066. Later it was pressed back into service as an emergency stronghold in the Second World War.
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Petworth House & Park

Petworth House & Park, Petworth GU28 9LR
Treasure house of art set amidst a 700 acre deer park designed by ‘Capability’ Brown. State rooms filled with paintings by artists including Van Dyck, Turner, Reynolds and Gainsborough, plus statues and wood carvings. Open daily (closed 24th /25 Dec).
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Weald & Downland Living Museum

Town Lane, Singleton, West Sussex, PO18 0EU
Be part of something historic and discover Sussex rural history through the seasons, in the heart of the picturesque South Downs. See what rural living was like with over a 1,000 years of history to explore, and over 50 relocated historic houses covering the 40 acre site.
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1066 Battle of Hastings Abbey & Battlefield

Battle Abbey, High Street, Battle, TN33 0AD
“March into history on the most famous battlefield in England. Follow in the footsteps of the armies of William the Conqueror and King Harold as they clashed in 1066, and discover how the Normans overcame the Saxons to seize the kingdom and change English history forever.
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St Mary’s House and Gardens

St. Mary's House & Gardens The Street Bramber, Steyning BN44 3WE
Enchanting historic 15th century timber-framed house, with magnificent gardens, and charming cottage-style tea rooms, in the picturesque award-winning downland village of Bramber. St Mary’s is still a lived-in home, with fine panelled rooms, including the unique Elizabethan trompe l’oeil Painted Room.
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The Royal Pavilion

The Royal Pavilion 4-5 Pavilion Buildings, Brighton BN1 1EE
Built as King George IV’s pleasure palace when Brighton was the heart of fashionable Regency society, the Royal Pavilion was also used by King William IV and Queen Victoria. Today it has been restored to its original 1823 splendour with Indian architecture contrasted with interiors inspired by China.
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Butser Ancient Farm

BUTSER ANCIENT FARM, CHALTON LANE, PO8 0BG, UK
Go time-travelling through 10,000 years of history! Discover an incredible family day out for under £30, and get 15% off with code ANCIENT. Explore a Stone Age farm, Bronze Age roundhouse, Celtic village, Roman villa, and Saxon halls. Plus get hands-on with activities, a free trail, and living history demonstrations.
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Learn more about the castles in Sussex

There are a variety of castles in Sussex. Discover Pevensey Castle, originally founded in the 4th Century, this castle played a key role during 1066 for William the Conqueror’s army. With incredible exhibitions and artefacts, Pevensey Castle also showcases a variety of historical stories. Or, visit 1066 Battle of Hastings Abbey & Battlefield to explore the infamous site of the pivotal battle during William the Conqueror’s time. Explore the battlefield trail, the fascinating Abbey and enjoy the interactive exhibition on your family day out.

If you are looking for a more daring experience, why not visit Hastings Castle and Smugglers Adventure? In addition to the haunting ruins of Hastings Castle, originally built by William the Conqueror, visitors can explore the winding underground cave network of Smugglers Adventure. Learn about the dark history of smuggling gangs, pirates and bootleggers all set below ground.

If that doesn’t take your pick, explore some stunning Sussex historic homes or one of the stately homes in Sussex like Bateman’s or Petworth House and imagine what life could’ve been like.