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Priory Ruins

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Address: Cockshut Road, Lewes BN7 2QS, England

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An easy stroll through history!

The self guided approach to these ruins allows you to take in as much or as little as your mood sits. It would be fun, however, to have an historian as a guide at least once!

Reviewed 24 February 2016
Catherine C
Two Bridges, Devon, UK
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Two Bridges, Devon, UK
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Reviewed 24 February 2016

The self guided approach to these ruins allows you to take in as much or as little as your mood sits. It would be fun, however, to have an historian as a guide at least once!

2 Thank Catherine C
Bassoues, France
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Reviewed 9 February 2016

My daughter and I often walk here with my grandchild who just loves the walkways as she is able to use her scooter or bike (well controlled of course). It is a brilliant place for dog walkers and the place is full of joyful pooches - with of course the occasional grouch! Very well maintained and interesting.

1 Thank Gale L
Harpenden, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 February 2016

Priory Ruins is a ruined medieval Cluniac priory looked after by English heritage . Intresting info on boards. Approx a 20 mins walk from Lewes town centre. But are well worth a look.

Thank henlowboy
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Reviewed 4 October 2015 via mobile

Very very lovely and quiet place to be all day enjoying the peace of it, with very good accesses and well treated garden. I would recommend it for everyone.

1 Thank Fosquinhas G
East Sussex, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 September 2015

Lewes Priory was founded by William de Warenne, 1st Earl of Surrey and his wife Gundrada, probably in 1081, following their visit to the Priory of Cluny in Burgundy in 1077.[5] The dedication of the new Priory to St Pancras followed from the presence of a pre-existing Saxon shrine to that saint on the site. The cult of St Pancras... More 

Thank Mark R
Brighton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 September 2015

They may be the ruins of what would have been a fabulous attraction had the Priory survived the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 1530s - but follow your way around the VERY informative plaques and let your imagination run riot. Do take the kids and bring history to life - and let them let off steam in the well... More 

Thank Edward T
Emsworth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 August 2015

Located in Priory Park (which also has its own Trip Advisor review) these are a comprehensive set of well signed ruins of the abbey. it is an open access free entry site. Not essential but close to the railway station and pleasant enough.

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Reviewed 14 August 2015

We were surprised at the extent of these ruins, and how well they had been gently restored and signed for visitors. A very atmospheric place to wander around for a while, and possibly linger to eat a picnic lunch.

Thank barnaclesBerkshire
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Reviewed 5 August 2015

The herb garden is the highlight of this place, giving you good advice on natural herbs for cooking and medicines. As well as that, the ruins themselves are quite interesting and it's important to read the plaques to see how detailed the building used to be. It's an ideal spot for picnics but I wouldn't recommend climbing on the ruins... More 

Thank Josh S
Lewes, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 July 2015

Great place to picnic, absorb some history and the kids playground is brilliant. The historical fetes they do here on occasion come complete with mini-cannons and the small herb garden is very informative. Need to watch older kids as the temptation to climb is almost irresistible.

Thank Nicola F

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