Bramber Castle

Bramber Castle ruins with tall stone wall rising from high ground enclosed by post and rail fence.
The deep defensive ditch surrounding the motte and bailey, in dappled sunshine under tree cover

Free Entry

Open any reasonable time during daylight hours


Bramber, West Sussex

Before You Go

The remains of this Norman castle are perched on a high natural knoll overlooking the River Adur, defending a gap in the South Downs. Built soon after the Norman Conquest to help protect William I’s newly won territories, the castle was the Sussex seat of the de Braose family. The one surviving wall of the tower, standing 14 metres high, provides a glimpse of how imposing the castle once was. Climb to the top of the motte for stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

Read more about Bramber Castle’s history.

Before You Go

Access: The site is reached across uneven ground, not suitable for wheelchairs.

Parking: There is a limited amount of parking on site.

Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.

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Plan a Great Day Out

Why not continue your exploration of the Norman Conquest by visiting Battle Abbey. Explore the site where England's future was settled, brought to life through the exhibition. There is also a gift shop and café to take a breather.

You could also head to the coast and explore Pevensey, where William the Conqueror is said to have landed. Today you can visit the stunning remains of Pevensey Castle and explore its dark dungeons.

Or why not visit the impressive ruins of Bayham Old Abbey, set in a beautiful landscape designed by Humphrey Repton.

The sunrise through the conservatory at Witley Court.

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