Pevensey Castle
Pevensey Castle
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  • Louise H
    Slough, United Kingdom20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth visiting
    I visited with 2 young children and it was ideal as not too big! They loved being able to explore this small castle, going up and down the steps. There’s a little shop inside the castle part which you will need to pay to visit. But the curtain wall part is free and there’s a little car park right next to the entrance. Inside the paid part you have a well, latrine, obliette, dungeon, cannon balls recovered from the moat, a cannon from Tudor period and you can climb the towers.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 June 2023
  • Maggie S
    66 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Seeing a historical monument
    Well maintained paths winding up the hill, with frequent illustrated information boards en route, giving details on the history of the castle. We understand that cash is required to keep the historical site in good order, but e thought the entrance fees were not justified, and we were able to see enough without paying them. We did enjoy seeing this monument, and some of the wildlife swimming in the moat.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 22 July 2023
  • Felicity K
    8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really interesting
    Enjoyed this visit - the audio guides were great though we got confused with the numbering which didn’t seem to match a couple of times. The information on the audio was really good and we particularly enjoyed the WW2 connections and view of pill box. Think we would have missed this without the audio. The lady on reception was very knowledgeable and friendly.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 August 2023
  • JanC377
    Basingstoke, United Kingdom312 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Informative and fun
    Great welcome -although you walk quite a way around the castle to the entrance . We took our 5 year old granddaughter but my husband used the audio guide and relayed lots of interesting ( and sometimes quirky) information to us . It really gives a picture of what life in the Bailey would have been like . The exhibition is small but explains a lot . Well worth a visit especially if you are English heritage members .
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 November 2023
  • juliaandadam123
    Ashford, United Kingdom1,862 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Weather permitting
    This is an all outdoor castle, so plan carefully when you will visit. The dungeon in particular today had 3 inches of water in it, so don’t let any children go and explore down there unsupervised! An interesting glimpse into history for a few hours and worth pairing up with a trip to nearby Battle Abbey the same day.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 March 2024
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KimM750
Exeter, UK308 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Fabulous, large castle with interesting audio guide included in entrance price. Felt the cashier pushed the membership a bit too much for my liking.

Otherwise a great visit ….
Written 17 April 2024
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juliaandadam123
Ashford, UK1,862 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This is an all outdoor castle, so plan carefully when you will visit. The dungeon in particular today had 3 inches of water in it, so don’t let any children go and explore down there unsupervised!
An interesting glimpse into history for a few hours and worth pairing up with a trip to nearby Battle Abbey the same day.
Written 3 March 2024
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Jackie M
Purley, UK57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Myself and 2 friends had a lovely visit here . It was a very cold bright day and the views were amazing . What made the visit special was a lovely volunteer called Nick and a really helpful and informative lady , think she was called Janet. I was fascinated about the history and they answered all of my questions,I felt l I had a brilliant history lesson too as well as a great visit to this interesting castle. A lot more there than we thought there would be.
Written 26 November 2023
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JanC377
Basingstoke, UK312 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Great welcome -although you walk quite a way around the castle to the entrance .
We took our 5 year old granddaughter but my husband used the audio guide and relayed lots of interesting ( and sometimes quirky) information to us .
It really gives a picture of what life in the Bailey would have been like . The exhibition is small but explains a lot .
Well worth a visit especially if you are English heritage members .
Written 1 November 2023
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Iweinvanaalst
Lille, Belgium596 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Pevensey castle began life as a Saxon shore fort, erected by the Romans around 290 AD. The Normans secured its eastern end with a ditch and a timber palissade.

A stone keep was probably erected by Henry I around 1130. A stone inner gatehouse followed around 1190. Finally count Peter of Savoy added the curtain wall with its three projecting towers around 1254.

The fortification fell to disrepair and ruin in the sixteenth century.

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Pevensey castle can be visited with the help of a guidebook.

The stronghold has a long and illustrious history : It served as the landing spot for the fleet of William I in 1066. It claims the record of the longest siege in medieval english history, lasting from september 1264 to july 1265 (and was not taken !). It housed famous prisoners such as queen Joan of Navarre (stepmother of king Henry V).

It is therefore with sadness in heart that I can only grant it two stars for the following reasons :

The topography of Pevensey has dramatically changed since Roman and medieval times. When built it occupied the tip of a peninsula in a wide bay and was surrounded by the sea and marshes on three sides. Nowadays it lies about a mile from the east Sussex coast.

Centuries of abandonment have left the stronghold gutted : Given its dilapidated state the defensive arrangements (drawbridge, gates, portculises) of the gatehouse are hard to distinguish. Although highly original in design little remains of the keep and it is impossible to understand its layout and use. Hall, kitchen, chapel and living quarters haven not been preserved. No tower platforms or wallwalks can be scaled.

Pevensey castle was garrisoned in 1940 because of the threat of German invasion. The interior of the towers was radically refitted to create barracks. Several machine gun posts were created on top of and among the historic ruins. These alterations have taken away the medieval feel.

You can stop at Pevensey castle to stretch your legs on your itinerary or to enjoy a picknick in its well maintained grounds but it does not figure on the A list of must see medieval castles in England.
Written 12 October 2023
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Edward the dog
Chichester, UK1,386 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
A great day out. From the moment you arrive, We were sold tickets by a very interesting man giving us a brief introduction.The castle itself is full of history and is really interesting. The talkie landyards are worth getting so you get all the info as you walk around. Dog friendly.
Written 10 August 2023
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Felicity K
8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Enjoyed this visit - the audio guides were great though we got confused with the numbering which didn’t seem to match a couple of times.
The information on the audio was really good and we particularly enjoyed the WW2 connections and view of pill box. Think we would have missed this without the audio.
The lady on reception was very knowledgeable and friendly.
Written 7 August 2023
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Maggie S
Berkhamsted66 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Well maintained paths winding up the hill, with frequent illustrated information boards en route, giving details on the history of the castle.
We understand that cash is required to keep the historical site in good order, but e thought the entrance fees were not justified, and we were able to see enough without paying them.
We did enjoy seeing this monument, and some of the wildlife swimming in the moat.
Written 22 July 2023
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Louise H
Slough, UK20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
I visited with 2 young children and it was ideal as not too big! They loved being able to explore this small castle, going up and down the steps. There’s a little shop inside the castle part which you will need to pay to visit. But the curtain wall part is free and there’s a little car park right next to the entrance. Inside the paid part you have a well, latrine, obliette, dungeon, cannon balls recovered from the moat, a cannon from Tudor period and you can climb the towers.
Written 25 June 2023
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Howlo
Buckingham, UK9,638 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
An absolute gem of a castle, you can feel the history and the remains are very well kept. Explore the dungeons and the other remains. A great place to visit, I certainly recommend it if you in the area
Written 25 June 2023
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