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
Parking: There is a limited amount of parking on site for which there is a £2 charge for non-members, payable by text. Parking is free for Members with a valid English Heritage car sticker on display.
Access: The site is reached across uneven ground, not suitable for wheelchairs.
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.