This weekend I’ve got a weekend away at Blog On in Manchester so our Friday adventure was a fairly ambitious one. As you might have gathered from my Instagram feed, Emma is a big fan of castles and hunting down those dragons inside so we decided to visit Pevensey Castle. I love seeing how much she adores exploring them, though I must admit I’m getting a little nervous as we seem to be running out of castles to visit in Sussex!
Pevensey Castle is located just outside Eastbourne, about 45 minutes drive from Brighton. We travelling along the A27 towards Lewes and followed signs towards Pevensey as soon as we passed Polegate. The village itself is quaint with cottages along the cobbled streets – we were reminded as we arrived that we were in ‘1066 Hastings region’ and I could tell immediately. We passed the castle ruins moments after entering the village and it looked beautiful.
Upon entering the castle grounds, there was a long pathway leading to the bridge to the castle and I could instantly see what it would have been like in medieval times. Emma as in heaven with all the space to run around and we saw so many dogs on our walk up to the drawbridge. The sun was shining so we took our time and had a few snack on the bench before having a look inside.
There were lots of nooks and crannies to explore in the castle with lots of space within the castle for Emma to run around. I loved that the castle has been left as it is and not restored much; some of the stones looked like emojis! I started to explain to Emma that some of the little peepholes would be to look out from back in the day and we spotted a moat too, which she knows about from our sandcastle building.
Afterwards we went back to the car and visited Pevensey Bay, which was just round the corner. As always Emma loved seeing the see and it was a perfect day for it with the sun glistening on the water. It was a perfect adventure for us and discovering something new is always lovely. Entrance to the castle was £6.20 for adults and free for under-fives along with a £2 all day car parking charge. Pevensey Castle is definitely one of the most beautiful castles we’ve seen in Sussex with lots of tea rooms and cute shops in the village too – I’d highly recommend it and hope to return soon.