Pevensey Castle – Defending Us From Roman Times to WWII

After being cooped up in the car, Pevensey Castle is the ideal place to stretch your legs and let the Mayhems run about exploring.

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We were on our way to Eastbourne, a few miles to the west, having just been to the brilliant Herstmonceux Observatory Science Centre when we decided to stop at the castle.

The original Roman Fort,  called Anderita, was built by the sea but over the last 1600 hundred years the sea has gradually retreated and is now a mile away at Pevensey Bay!

Where: Pevensey Castle Castle Road, Pevensey, East Sussex – BN24 5LE
Admission: Admission Charge to the Inner Section – under 5 free.  –  Outer Bailey Free
Facilities: Free Audio Guide, small shop, picnic area – toilets by car park
Website:  Pevensey Castle – English Heritage

The Roman Fort was transformed into Pevensey Castle after The battle of Hastings in 1066 and was used during Medieval and Tudor times.   In the 20th Century during World War II parts of the castle was modified to create ‘pillboxes’ for machine guns.  If you look carefully you may be able to see the slits!

There is no charge to enter the large grassed Outer Bailey where you see the moat and drawbridge.  The surrounding outer walls were part of the original walls of the roman fort.  A guide at the nearby Pevensey Court House Museum told us that it was the largest Roman wall to be found in England after Hadrian’s Wall.

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After crossing the drawbridge, you get a good view of the Inner Bailey before you reach English Heritage ticket office, information centre and shop.  There is a small charge to explore the inner section of the castle.  If you have an English Heritage season ticket entrance is free.

Your ticket includes a free audio guide which has an adult and child version. Once inside, you can wander around the ruins and climb up to the viewpoints on the walls.  You can also visit the dungeon but take care if it has been raining recently as we were told that they are often flooded.


After your visit, do take time to see the delightful  Pevensey Court House Museum in the nearby High Street.

Getting There

Pevensey Castle,  Castle Road, Pevensey, East Sussex – BN24 5LE
A few miles from Eastbourne

Nearest station:   Pevensey Bay
Google  see map or get directions

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