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About Southover Grange - Lewes


About Southover Grange

Southover Grange is a magnificent 16th Century Grade II* listed manor house that sits within the picturesque Southover Grange public gardens. Providing a romantic and elegant setting perfect for your celebration.

This fantastic building has been lovingly restored with luxurious modern twists, all the while retaining its history, character, and charm. 

On entering Southover Grange you will find yourself in the oak-panelled Grand Hall. Off the Grand Hall are the two ceremony rooms.

The Ceremony Rooms

Winterbourne Suite

Decorated in blue and silver, located on the first floor with views over the beautiful Southover gardens, The Winterbourne Suite is perfect for the smaller more intimate ceremonies.

The Winterbourne Suite is located on the first floor, accessed via an historical, listed wooden staircase. Children must be accompanied at all times on the staircase.

As a listed building, Southover Grange doesn't have lift access to the first floor, where the Winterbourne Suite is located. This room is not therefore accessible to anyone who may require assistance to use the stairs. If you and/or any of your guests have accessibility requirements, please consider this when choosing your ceremony room.

Evelyn Room

Subtly decorated with views of the gardens. This room has a maximum capacity of 20. Two luxury sofas and a large window seat offer seating for up to 15 people, with the remainder of guests standing. 

Ainsworth Room 

Tastefully styled to reflect the grandeur and elegance of the era with two chandeliers, a central aisle and large windows providing views of the stunning gardens. This room has a maximum capacity and seating for 60 people.

Newton Room

A bright and warm room with red and gold seats providing seating for 60. This room has a central aisle and a carved wooden fireplace.

The Evelyn Room, Newton Room and Ainsworth Room are all on the ground floor and fully accessible.


Room capacities include you, your partner, and all babies and children.


Accessibility at Southover Grange

The Evelyn Room, Newton Room and Ainsworth Room are all on the ground floor and are fully accessible. The Winterbourne Suite is the only ceremony room that isn't accessible to all. Located on the first floor, accessed via an historical wooden staircase. Southover Grange is a listed building and doesn't have a lift. If you and/or any of your guests have accessibility requirements, please consider this when choosing your ceremony room.

The outdoor terrace is accessible from the rear of the building. However, there is no ramp from the terrace to the gardens, users of wheelchairs and prams may need to exit the building and access the gardens via the public gates.

Parking at Southover Grange

There is no designated parking at Southover Grange. Metered parking can be found on the surrounding streets. The nearest car park is located at Lewes train station, a level 10-minute walk away from the Grange.


Southover Grange Gardens

Southover Grange gardens provide the perfect backdrop for photographs.

Divided by the Winterbourne stream, these gardens are home to some magnificent trees and shrubs. Including a Mulberry Tree thought to be over 350 years old, as well as trees planted by Queen Elizabeth II (then Princess Elizabeth) in May 1951

Open to the public from 8.30am until dusk (or 9pm whichever is earlier) every day, except Christmas Day. Please be aware that as a public garden others may also be using this space.

The gardens and terrace are owned and managed by Lewes District Council. Byelaws set by the local authority do not permit dogs (excluding assistance dogs) in Southover Grange Gardens, nor is the consumption of alcohol or throwing of confetti allowed inside the gardens. Not adhering to these rules may incur a fine. 

Public toilets are available in the gardens.

Please use the gates, located in the corners of the gardens to access the roads. 

If you have any questions regarding the use of the gardens, please contact Lewes District Council. Contact us - Lewes and Eastbourne Councils (


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