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Things to do in Lewes District

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
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“The Royal Pavilion is an exotic palace in the centre of Brighton with a colourful history. Built as a seaside pleasure palace for King George IV, this historic house mixes Regency grandeur with the visual style of India and China. 10% discount when booked online.”
  • 100 locals recommend
Harbour / Marina
“Brighton Marina centres on the busy yacht harbour, where sailboats moor at the quay. It’s a chic shopping hub with fashion boutiques, galleries, and craft shops, plus huge choice of places to eat with terraces overlooking the water. Volk’s Electric Railway, opened in 1883, shuttles between the marina and Brighton Pier. Charter boats offer fishing and diving trips, and the Brighton Walk of Fame honours stars with local links. There is also a Cineworld and Hollywood Bowl. An added bonus is free parking there ;0)”
  • 116 locals recommend
Gym
“Such a great place - quite magical and special for toddlers and grown ups. A favourite on a wet day. ”
  • 57 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Purezza Brighton (purity) was formed by Stefania Evangelisti and Tim Barclay in 2015, setting out with the aim of providing a range of exciting Italian plant based, vegan options to the UK. The restaurant has a wooden and rustic feel to it, with bar stools at the counter where you can take in all the drama of the large wood fired pizza oven. Their delicious pizzas are made with gluten free, hemp or sough-dough bases - so perfect for intolerances! They also offer a selection of raw food dishes and gluten free pasta dishes. It is not all about savoury dishes either with a full dessert menu featuring a chocolate calzone and Oreo pizza.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“The Ginger Dog is a local pub offering real ales, craft beers, and fine wines together with a good hearty menu of traditional pub food. As with its ginger sisters, The Ginger Dog uses only the very finest, seasonal, ingredients to offer a really satisfying dining experience. The Ginger Dog brings a slice of modern pub gastronomy to the Kemptown area of Brighton and includes a private dining room upstairs. Families and dogs are of course welcome.”
  • 56 locals recommend
Music Venue
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“Good place for a night of intimate music BUT, maybe one only for the gritty, real music lovers out there. Drinks in plastic cups, questionable toilets, little space at times... Not for everyone!”
  • 53 locals recommend
Pub
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“Tiny space, but amazing cocktails and secret venue downstairs, my favourite bar ”
  • 56 locals recommend
Tea Room
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“Lewes, a picturesque town tucked under the Downs is fun to explore. Plenty of independent shops, antique book shops, a popular Antique Market, the Castle and Harvey's Brewery all make this a special place to visit.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Café
“Starfish & Coffee is an independent neighbourhood cafe, and winner of the Brighton Restaurant Awards ‘Best Brunch’ 2018. The space inside is light, bright and airy. And just like the food, the décor has a local theme, with all the fixtures and fittings installed by tradespeople from the area. As for the food itself, the focus on local Sussex produce in no way detracts from the choice or the quality. The menu offers amazing brunch options for meat eaters and vegans alike - definitely worth a visit!”
  • 16 locals recommend
Café
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“Delicious fresh food, cakes and pastries. Mind blowing salads and so much more! Can get very busy at lunch times. They have a store on the road opposite where you can pick up a sandwich and produce if you're not stopping.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Park
“Has lots of history to uncover, viewing platform on lake with plenty of wild fowl and open (and tucked away) spaces for you and/or family to enjoy and relax in. Perfect for games like Frisbee, Football or even hide and seek. Also has dog freindly zone for your cannine companions.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Takeaway pizza, good for taking to beach but guard them from the seagulls! ”
  • 42 locals recommend
Indian Restaurant
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“Excellent family-run Indian restaurant. Relaxed atmosphere, great vegetarian menu, with some unique recommendations from the owner.”
  • 47 locals recommend
Café
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“Just next to the playground, large sandpit - great for the kids. Good spot for a sunny coffee, ice cream, lunch and a bit of respite from the often over crowded seafront.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Bread made daily in store. A range of sandwich baguettes and quiches available as well as top end fancy patisserie. Birthday/Celebration Cakes can be booked in advance. ”
  • 45 locals recommend
Beach
“Little London by the sea !!!! Lovely beach . Lots of shops and pubs and clubs under the promenade. Watch the amazing sunsets from the many beach bars . Walk to the west pier , a must see !!!! Watch the starlings do their show in the sky every day approx 16.00. ”
  • 30 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Pizza Place
“Purezza Brighton (purity) was formed by Stefania Evangelisti and Tim Barclay in 2015, setting out with the aim of providing a range of exciting Italian plant based, vegan options to the UK. The restaurant has a wooden and rustic feel to it, with bar stools at the counter where you can take in all the drama of the large wood fired pizza oven. Their delicious pizzas are made with gluten free, hemp or sough-dough bases - so perfect for intolerances! They also offer a selection of raw food dishes and gluten free pasta dishes. It is not all about savoury dishes either with a full dessert menu featuring a chocolate calzone and Oreo pizza.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Gastropub
“The Ginger Dog is a local pub offering real ales, craft beers, and fine wines together with a good hearty menu of traditional pub food. As with its ginger sisters, The Ginger Dog uses only the very finest, seasonal, ingredients to offer a really satisfying dining experience. The Ginger Dog brings a slice of modern pub gastronomy to the Kemptown area of Brighton and includes a private dining room upstairs. Families and dogs are of course welcome.”
  • 56 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Takeaway pizza, good for taking to beach but guard them from the seagulls! ”
  • 42 locals recommend
Indian Restaurant
“Excellent family-run Indian restaurant. Relaxed atmosphere, great vegetarian menu, with some unique recommendations from the owner.”
  • 47 locals recommend
Bar
“Just wander the north Laines and soak up the culture, find some really unique gifts, clothes or anything you want! ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
“Curry Leaf Cafe offers an open kitchen & dining experience. This way you get to see your food being prepared from start to finish whilst enjoying the bustling atmosphere. Take a look at their drinks menu and try one of the spiced cocktails! Expect tapas-style ‘small plates’, an exciting range of spiced cocktails and, of course, and a menu of craft beers that puts most bars to shame! ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bar
“This local friendly pub is only a 2 minute walk and has a lovely atmosphere. Pop in for a drink or two. They also have a great menu if you fancy a good pub lunch. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Café
“Now a national success story, Bill’s brasserie began life as a Lewes greengrocery. Today it’s a chain phenomenon, but the café in Cliffe High Street has kept its character. Especially popular for its copious and colourful breakfasts and brunches, it’s now a day-round operation.”
  • 22 locals recommend

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