There are several castles near Steyning and Brighton which are open to the public and well worth a visit.
The remains of this Norman castle are on a small hill overlooking the River Adur, defending a gap in the South Downs. The one surviving wall of the tower, 14 metres high, suggests how imposing the castle was originally. Climb to the top of the motte and you will see stunning views of the countryside. A lovely picnic spot.
Free admission. There is a £2 charge for parking unless you are an English Heritage member.
Just a mile away from Rosebud Cottage in Steyning. A 5 minute drive or short journey on a number 2 bus. A half an hour’s drive from Brighton.
Impressive when viewed from the south, most of what we see today is Victorian Gothic. Arundel Castle however, was originally built by the Normans. Besieged 3 times (the last time in the English Civil War), the castle had become a ruin until the 8th Duke of Norfolk began restoring it in the early 18th century.
The castle has been home to the Dukes of Norfolk for almost 1,000 years.
Usually open from 1st April to 31st October. A half an hour’s drive from Steyning and a 45 minute drive from Brighton.
Castles near Steyning and Brighton: Lewes Castle
Climb to the top this Norman Castle to enjoy wonderful panoramic views across Lewes and the surrounding countryside. Open throughout the year.
A 20 minute drive from Brighton and a 25 minute drive from Steyning.
Not strictly a castle but one of England’s most important early Tudor homes. King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I both visited Cowdray. Sadly most of the buildings were destroyed by fire in 1793.
There are free tours of the ruins which you may be able to join https://cowdray.co.uk
A 40 minute drive from Steyning and an hour’s drive from Brighton
Read about more place to visit locally https://steyningcottages.co.uk/sussex-guide