ABC of Castles – Pevensey Castle

At the beginning of 2018 we set ourselves a family challenge of visiting an ABC of Castles. The idea being that we visit a castle whose name begins with each letter of the alphabet. I don’t expect us to fit them all in this year, although Monkey has really brought  into the challenge. So at the end of January we visited Pevensey Castle which is an English Heritage site.

Beginning in the 4th century as one of the last and strongest of the Roman ‘Saxon Shore’ forts, two-thirds of whose towered walls still stand. It was the landing place of William the Conqueror’s army in 1066. During the century after the Conquest a full-scale Norman castle, with a great square keep and a powerful gatehouse, was built within one corner of the fort. In the 1250s the towered bailey wall was constructed, and soon put to the test during the great siege of 1264.

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Nestled in a little village which is very picturesque the castle is now a ruin, with the remains of a Roman Wall around the outside of it. There is a small carpark and a tea rooms next to the castle as well as public toilets and a pub close by. We spent a couple of hours exploring, you really don’t need much more time so its perfect for a morning or afternoon mini adventure.

The five highlights of the visit for Monkey in his running order were:

The pile of trebuchet boulders in the middle of the castle were perfect for sitting on and jumping off of. It proved quite a source of amusement for Kipper who was desperately trying to copy his big brother.

As you enter the castle there is circular staircase which goes down to a little enclosed room. When we visited it was a little flooded so you couldn’t get to the bottom. However we did find some newts which really captured his imagination.

Climbing to the top of the north tower to look at the view, although the turret is quite enclosed. So instead he we reenacted Knight training. He was fascinated by the artefacts which have been found, especially the cannon balls. The castle has a cannon in the centre perfect for photos.

As part of the entrance fee you also get a handset. I was surprised that Monkey liked it so much. Walking around and pressing the corresponding number.

The best bit for both boys was the large green space in the centre. It meant that they had a great time running around and chasing each other.

Things you need to know:

  • Address: Castle Road, Pevensey, East Sussex, BN24 5LE
  • Opening Times: Open weekends between 1st Nov and 29th March you can get further opening times on their website
  • Prices: Free to English Heritage members – adult £6.90 with gift aid, children (5-15 yrs) £4.10, family ticket of two adults and two children £17.90, under 5s free.

You can see the other castles we have visited as part of this challenge below:

Bodiam Castle, Urquhart, Our A to Z of Castles Challenge, A to Z of Castles

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12 Comments

  1. February 24, 2018 / 9:06 am

    Great idea to do an ABC of castles. It looks like you had a great day out, my kids would probably love exploring here. #CountryKids

  2. February 24, 2018 / 5:59 pm

    This looks like a fabulous day out for the boys, they look so involved as the explore Pevensey Castle with you. I love the look on Monkey’s face as he’s listening to the audio guide, he’s clearly involved in learning about the site. It’s great to see the boys running around the open air together too!

    Thanks for sharing Castle P with me on #CountryKids, I can’t wait for the next one!

  3. February 24, 2018 / 9:10 pm

    There is so much to see and do in E Sussex isn’t there? We spent a few days there at half term and barely scratched the surface. We visited Bodiam Castle which was lovely. We’ll have to try Pevensey next time. How brilliant to find newts! #CountryKids

  4. Ashleigh Allan
    February 24, 2018 / 10:03 pm

    Looks like lots of fun

  5. February 25, 2018 / 8:06 am

    We love a trip to a castle, there is something so grand and wonderful about them. This looks a beautiful castle and lots to keep them entertained. My girls would’ve loved the handset too x

  6. February 25, 2018 / 4:07 pm

    We’re quite local to Pevensey but have never visited the castle…looks like we’ll be adding it to our list! Thanks for the tips! #CountryKids

  7. February 25, 2018 / 8:18 pm

    Such a n amazing place to explore and learn! I love this project yours! Always nice too see as much castles as they are rich in history waiting to be discovered. #countrykids

  8. February 25, 2018 / 10:12 pm

    Looks lovely, and finding newts in the stairwell is a bonus! The boys must have had great fun. #CountryKids

  9. February 28, 2018 / 10:47 am

    Your ABC Castle challenge sounds like such a fun one and Pevensey Castle looks like a beautiful place to visit. I love the photo of Monkey sitting on the trebuchet boulders with Kipper trying to climb up there too. It’s hard when you’re too little to do the things your sibling can do! The views from the turret are beautiful. #countrykids

  10. March 2, 2018 / 2:12 am

    We’ve been to Pevensey and seen the castle from the outside, but haven’t been in it yet. I’m a bit of a history nerd, so would love to explore it further ? x #CountryKids

  11. Margaret Gallagher
    March 5, 2018 / 11:38 am

    Anotber beautiful place for us to explore

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