The ruins of this small Norman keep, built in the second half of the 12th century, are all that remains of what was once a strongly defended castle. It was owned from 1238 by Simon de Montfort, who led the baronial rebellion against Henry IIII and was killed at the Battle of Evesham in 1265. Henry III then gave the castle to his half-brother William de Valence, as a reward for his loyalty during the rebellion.
There are dramatic, panoramic views from the castle over East Sussex and the Weald of Kent.
Read more about the history of Sutton Valence Castle.
Before You Go
Access: The path to the castle is steep with some steps.
Parking: There is no parking directly in front of the castle. Roadside parking is available on Broad Street, a three-minute walk from the site.
Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.
Plan a Great Day Out
Extend your day out with a visit to the ruins of Bayham Old Abbey, set in a landscaped garden designed by Humphrey Repton. Relax with a picnic and browse in the abbey shop.
You could also visit Lullingstone Roman Villa. Begun in about AD 100, the site is one of the most exciting Roman villa survivals in Britain. Its vivid displays and interpretation give a unique insight into Roman domestic life over three centuries. There is also a café and gift shop on site.
Or why not relive England’s most famous and crucial conflict at the very site where it happened – Battle Abbey and Battlefield. Enjoy the architecture of the fine medieval abbey and discover a hidden Victorian garden. And don’t forget to visit the café and gift shop.