Priory Park Today

Lewes Priory in the Spring

Lewes Priory in the Spring

Welcome to the Priory of St Pancras set in Priory Park, Lewes.

Here, in the 11th century, monks came from Cluny in France to establish the first Cluniac priory in England. The Priory survived for 450 years until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1537.

The site with its evocative remains retains an air of tranquillity and serenity. The sweep of the South Downs which frame the site provides a spectacular setting for an afternoon out.

There is much to see at Priory Park. Impressive interpretation panels allow you to walk in the footsteps of medieval monks and imagine how the buildings once looked. A recreated Herb Garden grows plants that monks would have used for medicinal, culinary and ceremonial purposes, and at the demonstration Kitchen Garden the types of vegetables grown during medieval times can be found. The Apple Orchard has six old Sussex varieties, now mostly rare.

Public access
The site of Lewes Priory south of the railway line is a public park with access for all. It is open throughout the year and entrance is free. Motor vehicles are excluded except for electric powered wheelchairs. Cyclists and scooter users should generally keep to the paths to preserve the grass but should restrict their speed and give way to pedestrians. Dog walkers are urged to use the dog waste bins provided. Courtesy towards other users ensures enjoyment of the park by all. 
 For more information on directions, events or the history of the site follow these links.

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Address: Cockshut Road, Southover, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1HP
Note: for Satnav use BN7 2XA This will bring you to Mountfield Road car park.

OS Grid Reference: TQ4147109604
OS Grid Coordinates: 541471, 109604
Latitude/Longitude: 50.8686, 0.0091