There are some excellent reasons to visit Lewes, whether it’s for the world-famous Lewes Bonfire festival which takes over the town every year on Guy Fawkes Night, or the world-class Glyndebourne Opera Festival which takes place over the summer months. Stay with us at our Lewes Town Centre hotel and tick off some of the medieval town’s historic attractions, sample the entertainment scene, and dine out at as many of our recommended restaurants as possible. Lewes may only be little but there’s a lot for you to see and do in this beautiful part of the South Downs.
Things to do in Lewes
There are four main areas for you to explore if you fancy a shopping spree around Lewes. As you can expect from such an affluent town, there are some excellent boutiques around. Make your way up and down the High Street for some of the best. On the other side of the river, Cliffe High Street is worth exploring as well. It’s where you’ll find the small but lovely Riverside shopping centre in Lewes, which is home to chocolatiers, the local fishmongers, May’s Farm Cart, florists and haberdashery. Be sure to also check out The Needlemakers for more independent and specialist shops and cafes just off the High Street.
If you’re travelling from further afield, Gatwick Airport is roughly 30 miles from Lewes and a train service runs directly from the airport to Lewes Station in little over half an hour. It’s the quickest and most convenient way to get to Lewes from Gatwick. Alternatively, you can stay at one of our hotels near Gatwick Airport. Lewes Station is a five-platform station on the East Coastway Line. It’s well connected with two trains per hour to London Victoria, which can get you to or from the capital in just over an hour. Plus there are six trains per hour to Brighton if you fancy a day at the beach.