Historic houses in the area include Charleston, the country home of the Bloomsbury Group, and Monk’s House, home of writer Virginia Woolf. Nearby is world famous Glyndebourne Opera House, whose festival is one of the highlights of the English summer season.
A foodie haven, there are award winning restaurants and gastro pubs, and top quality, locally produced food available at shops and markets.
Around Lewes, the unspoilt South Downs landscapes vary from river valleys and chalk cliffs to rolling green hills with panoramic views to the sea, sheltering ancient and picturesquevillages.
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Dominated by the 11th century Norman castle and with a mix of architectural styles from medieval and Tudor to Georgian and Victorian Gothic, great antique shops, innovative galleries and welcoming pubs, the historic county town of Lewes is well worth exploring.