Lewes – bonfire capital of the world

When I did my bit of travelling on board of 124 bus, at first, there was only one place on the list of spots that I recognised the name of – Lewes. And this is because it is always an interesting part of my train journey to London. I can admire chalk cliffs not being situated by the seaside, for a change. So, as soon as I saw Lewes as a last stop on the 124 trail I knew I had to visit it and see what else it has to offer.

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Lewes is pretty small and visiting all major sights should not take one more than an afternoon.

The very first thing you will see (if coming by bus) is Harvey & Son’s Brewery, which produces some of the nicest local ales.

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I happened to arrive to Lewes on the day of a Vintage Market as well as Farmers’ Market so I had a little walkaround to begin with.

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Lewes has plenty of little vintage bookshops and cafes that won’t let you forget that you are in a typical English small town. One shop even sells a pottery from… Poland!

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The most beautiful about Lewes are its numerous twittens. These are very narrow alleyways that run from either sides of the main High Street. The prime example is Keere Street with many historic buildings.

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One of more important landmarks is Anne of Cleves House. Anne of Cleves was a wife of the most famous English King, Henry XIII. She was one of his six wives, to be precise. As one of few, she survived the marriage and managed to stay good friends with the King. Anne of Cleves House is a proof of his affection, having been given to her as a part of the divorce settlement. Funny enough, she never lived there! Today the building is a home to numerous artefacts connected to Sussex.

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As I mentioned some other time, with the littlest towns, there is no preplanning from my side whatsoever – I love to go with the flow and discover their beauty on the spot. Imagine then my surprise when looking in what I thought would be another twitten, I discovered… Lewes Castle. I couldn’t resist it, especially when I saw that I could climb all the way up the stairs and see a stunning view of the town and surrounding Sussex Downs. An icing on the cake of that little Saturday trip.

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A little tip for the end:

If you are wondering what the best time to visit Lewes is, I’d recommend Summer, however 5 November (Guy Fawkes Night) is not the worst timing either. Why is that? Lewes has the most stunning Bonfire Night celebrations in the country!

Bonfire night festivities of Lewes

To find out a bit more about Lewes visit: https://lewes.co.uk/

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