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One of the most picturesque counties in the English countryside is East Sussex. It has a rich history. Many monarchs of Britain chose the South Coast as their location to build their empires and castles.

This is why the county has so many castles and grand country homes, each of which span many historical periods. Visitors to Sussex will discover that the country houses vary in size and style, and are all filled with relics and reminders of the past. They make up some of the most important historical sites in Sussex and England.

This is a short guide to some of the historical castles that you can visit while on holiday or for a weekend.

Lewes Castle

This charming town is located in Lewes, an ancient market town, nestled in the East Sussex South Downs. William de Warenne (1st Earl) of Surrey built Lewes castle in 1069. He was, it seems, the brother-in law of William the Conqueror. Lewes Past, a charity organization, now owns and runs the castle which is located on top of the hill that overlooks the town. The castle has a museum that will provide you with lots of information about its historical past.

Bodiam Castle

Bodiam Castle, a 14th century moated castle is located near Robertsbridge. It is an impressive sight to behold when you visit. It was built by Sir Edward Dalyngrigge, a former knight under Edward III. The structure is typical of imposing historical structures like this. You might recognize it from many TV shows and films.

Herstmonceux Castle

It is the oldest brick building in England that remains. Stone castles and buildings were more common at the time it was built in 1441. The Herstmonceux Castle, a magnificent example of a Tudor-era castle, is still in use today. It was built originally to show its grandeur and comfort rather than for defense.

 

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