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About Southover Grange - Lewes


Step 4 – from 19 July 2021:

  • Safety, and maintaining the level of public services we can offer are our priorities.
  • Registrars will wear a face covering.
  • We’re requiring all visitors to East Sussex County Council buildings, including our Register Offices, to continue to wear a face covering in public areas and ceremony rooms (unless exempt).
  • We urge all people attending wedding ceremonies at which we officiate, in any venue, to continue to wear a face covering (unless exempt).

For the latest information about ceremonies during the Covid-19 pandemic see our Covid Update Page


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 of the Grand Hall are the two ceremony rooms.

The Ceremony Rooms

The Evelyn Room

Subtly decorated with views of the gardens. This room, with a maximum capacity of 30, is perfect for a smaller ceremony. Two luxury sofas and a large window seat offer seating for up to 15 people, with the remainder of guests standing. 

The Ainsworth Room

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

Please note capacities include you, your partner, and all babies and children.

Accessibility at Southover Grange

Both ceremony rooms are located on the ground floor and are fully accessible. The 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 managed and owned by the local council. If you have any questions regarding the use of the gardens, please contact Lewes District Council. Parks and gardens in Lewes - Lewes and Eastbourne Councils ( 


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