Just at the edge of South Downs National Park and only a short drive from the coast, Lewes has the best of both worlds. It is a large town with history, having a Roman settlement and a real sense of community. There’s a lively pub called the Elephant and Castle with live music and community nights most weeks. Lewes is also relatively close to the coast and beautiful other seaside towns such as Eastbourne and Newhaven, providing water sports and access to beaches when the sun is shining or just to go for a cliff top walk.
Explore the castle and the museum and experience Lewes’ history for yourself or visit the shops along the streets which range from beautiful antiques to traditional farmers markets once a week. Lewes retains a sense of having ‘aged well’ and still, to this day, looks beautiful architecturally and in terms of character. This peaceful town also has the advantage of being within easy reach of the fleshpots of Brighton. Lewes really is a perfect vision of a British family holiday.