Dave Lawrence
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Trains To Lewes

Trains To Lewes

Trains to Lewes

I love to travel and ever since my first visit to the UK, I have had a particular fondness for Sussex. It is a county rich in historical significance, beautiful landscapes, diverse communities and has so much to offer visitors. I decided to make it a point to visit the East Anglian counties and after spending some time in Suffolk and Essex, I made my way to the county of Sussex. The coastal town of Lewes is famous for its bonfire festival which attracts thousands of revelers from all around the country and even overseas during November or rather Bonfire Night week as it is locally referred to.

Trains to Lewes are operated by South Eastern and depart from London in the North via Dover Priory or London Bridge and Ashford International, Mad About Brighton (madaboutbrighton.co.uk). Arriving at Brighton Station these trains will travel onto Lewes, often stopping at Gatwick Airport on the way. London is a large city and has something for every taste and budget which is why so many people choose to visit it, even just for a weekend getaway. It’s also an excellent place to start your journey to beautiful England.

Trains to Lewes. Whether you’re looking for the perfect place from which to explore Sussex or just a destination in itself, there’s a lot to be said for the county town of East Sussex. Situated on the banks of the River Ouse, it’s been a centre for trade and commerce since Roman times. The River Ouse runs right through the middle of this charming town, which sits at the foot of the South Downs, making it an ideal spot for exploring either by car or train, or both!.

Running trains to Lewes can be quite tricky. Despite the line from Newhaven to Lewes being relatively busy, it suffers a somewhat frequent and sometimes severe service disruption. There are many different issues involved with running a service to Lewes. A two part look at the problems with services to Lewes and solutions can be found toward the bottom of this article, but first, we begin in Brighton. The town of Lewes is easy to get to whether you're travelling by train from London or from the South coast.

Popular Routes to Lewes

With parking for over 600 vehicles, the station is within easy reach of the town centre and all the attractions that it has to offer. Lewes is full of history and charm with plenty of artistic souls offering up their wares in some beautifully restored buildings. A trip to Lewes wouldn’t be complete without a browse around The Mall, which houses a variety of shopping options including new, vintage or antique; as well as Norman Park's market stalls every Saturday.

If you prefer something more refined then there are plenty of coffee shops and contemporary eateries on The High Street where you can spend an hour or a whole day exploring the sights and sounds on offer. If you’re travelling by car the station is very accessible with free parking outside. The car park has 24-hour security, as does the station itself. Outside of the main entrance there are covered waiting areas with bench seating and wheelchairs available for use.

If you’re travelling off peak and using the park and ride buses from Langney then there is a bus drop-off point on Marine Parade. If you want to get to Lewes train station it is well sign posted on both the A27 and A270. If you’re travelling by car, follow the Portway until you reach a roundabout. Turn left at the roundabout onto Western Road and after passing through two further sets of traffic signals, turn right onto Pilgrims Way.

There is a huge brown sign for the station on your left hand side. If you want to make the most of your time in Lewes then it’s worth using the buses. They’re convenient, cheap and get you around town with step-free access throughout and facilities to make your journey in and out comfortable. All that without having to drive or fight for car parking space on your holiday. A lot of people use train stations as a way to plan their day around other activities.

So whether you’re visiting a town or city for the day, bringing a tour group off at a station on route or just want some peace and quiet, there are plenty of buses available in and around Lewes. It's also quite a small town, so you should have no problem finding your way around. Here's some tips to help you find your way around the town, and make the most of your time there. I’d saved $7.

Cheap Tickets to Lewes

I recently went to visit my friend in Lewes (East Sussex) on a Sunday for the day. I had previously noticed that tickets were cheaper if bought on the day (and was also aware that there is a Zip Card – which gives you a third off (and more), however the railcards are more convenient as whilst it could save you money, the hassle of not having it with you can be annoying – especially if like me, you get paranoid you may not have it on you).

The UK’s train network is second to none. Whether you’re embarking on a cross-country journey or just catching the bus/tube into town, there’s no better way of getting around. If you travel with Southeastern trains then a Railcard could help you save money on your journey – that is, if you can travel outside peak times and on off-peak days (at weekends). The same goes for Northerners with Northern Rail services as well!. On average, a standard ticket from London to Lewes costs £69 single and £121 return.

When in Lewes

The visitor to Lewes won’t have a hard time finding something to do. The town is full of independent shops and thrift stores. Explorers will enjoy cruising down the hot cobblestone high street and seeing many historical buildings such as St. Anne’s Churh, the oldest Anglican Church in Sussex and where Charles I hid in the tower when he was escaping from London after the Civil War. Lewes Castle overlooks the town from atop its hill and provides a great overview.

When in Lewes, take your eyes off the ground and give them a rest from the many bricks, stones and outdoor shopping streets. Look up to enjoy magnificent churches and buildings which are painstakingly on display as part of the Frith photographic Collection. Narrow lanes lure you into inviting boutiques and tea shops. Those who've seen it once are attracted back again by its charm. The castle in Lewes was a place I wanted to visit for quite some time.

After my trip to Brighton, I decided it was time to get there. It is one of the oldest castles in the country and offers an interesting example of how to fortify towns and cities during the Middle Ages. Barbican House itself dates back to 1249 and is a great place for archaeology lovers. The castle has been in existence since the early 12 th century, with three separate constables being appointed from 1138. It replaced a wooden structure built by Osmund, Constable of Lewes.

Explore and save

Explore and save .  Lewes, once called ‘the second capital of Sussex’, is set on the southern slopes of the South Downs National Park. It has an elegant High Street encircled by a river and set against the beautiful backdrop of the Sussex downs. It is ideally located for exploring both the county’s ancient buildings and modern amenities, with Brighton, London and the South Coast just a short drive away. Avid walkers will be spoilt for choice in this lovely area of outstanding natural beauty:  take a walk along the coastal heritage trail, or make your way through some of England’s only privately owned public forest at Ashdown Forest.

We spotted your interest in the holiday offers in East Sussex. This page shows you a selection of interest for the county, including several days out. It's not just about the beach and the coast though. From Lewes to the South Downs, we've got an amazing variety of things to do. Click here if you want to see what's on offer. There are a lot of different things to do in the East Sussex area and you might not even know them all.

Take a look at our “Things To Do In Lewes and East Sussex” guide for some great tips on where to go and what to do in your down-time. I’m sure you’ll find something there that really interests you. Do you know what’s on in Lewes and East Sussex this month? Our daily updates will keep you informed of everything that’s happening locally, so whether you’re looking for the latest festivals and seasonal events or just planning a fun-filled day out, make sure to explore our daily listings.

Explore and save. Now is the time for you to be brave and go out, explore our great towns and villages, take in our great surroundings, and enjoy all that Sussex has to offer. Find out more. Are you looking to save money on the things you need in Lewes and East Sussex? Check out our offers page for discounts, special offers and deals. The stone fortification was likely constructed between 1191 and 1216. With railcard discounts, the return will be £91.