Pevensey Castle in East Sussex, England
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Pevensey Castle in East Sussex, England

Pevensey Castle is a classical Norman castle in England. The highlights are the Roman Fort, the Keep, the Pevensey Dungeon and the Pevensey Gun. Near to Pevensey Castle you can also visit Bayham Old Abbey and 1066 Battle Abbey.

Many people know the story of the Battle of Hastings that changed the history of England, but not many people know where William the Conqueror landed when he invaded, and the fact that a castle was built there subsequent to his arrival. This castle is now known as Pevensey Castle.


Back in the 3rd century a Roman fort, named Anderida, was built on Pevensey peninsula which was surrounded by the sea and salt marshes. In 1066 William the Conqueror landed his army at Pevensey. Before marching on to Hastings they set up a defensive camp within the walls of the old Roman fort. During the centuries after the Conquest a full-scale Norman castle gradually developed as well as was partly destroyed. In the 13th century the towered bailey wall was constructed and in the 15th century the castle was rebuilt and remained as a state prison. During the Second World War Pevensey castle was used to restore guns and provide billets for British troops. Today it’s a popular tourist site to discover 2000 years of history from the Romans to World War II and beyond.

Highlights of Pevensey Castle:

1. The Roman Fort

The Roman Fort in Pevensey Castle is one of the largest surviving Roman forts in Britain. Most of its walls and towers are still standing at their original height. Following the shape of Pevensey peninsula it was built in irregular plan.

2. The Keep

The stone keep was built at the beginning of 12th century either by William de Mortain or his successor. It was the heart of Pevensey Castle and the home for the lord and his family. When Pevensey Castle was attacked the Keep was the place of last resort for people living inside.

3. The Pevensey Dungeon

Around the Keep there are ruins of battlements and towers that were once used as prisons and magazine. At the bottom there is a dark and damp medieval dungeon that was used to lock poor people.

4. The Pevensey Gun

The Pevensey Gun is a Tudor demi-culverin that cast at late 16th century and has a royal cipher of Elizabeth I on top of the barrel. In 1966 the barrel was mounted on an accurate replica of a 16th trail carriage.

Opening times and price:

Pevensey Castle is located on the south coast of England, in East Sussex and owned by English Heritage. Currently entrance to the Roman fort is free; the admissions to enter the medieval castle are £4.50 for adults, £2.30 for children and £3.80 for concessions. If you're a member of English Heritage you can get the free entrance with a free audio guide.

Pevensey Castle is open daily from 10am to 6pm between April and September. For the rest of the year the opening times are different. For more details please visit English Heritage official website.

Extra information:

There is a charge payable parking for visitors in 300m distance from entrance. A small on-site shop is set in the reception where you can buy locally sourced products and English Heritage souvenirs.

Near to Pevensey Castle you can also visit Bayham Old Abbey and 1066 Battle Abbey. They both are also owned by English Heritage.

For more English Heritage tourist sites please visit my articles on Factoidz.

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Very interesting, thank you!

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