Lewes has been named as the prettiest in the UK.

The county town, nestled in the South Downs, is known for its cobbled streets, historic attractions and rich heritage.

Travel experts at The Telegraph named it as the prettiest place in the UK based on factors such as its independent businesses, architecture and traffic.

Lewes has plenty to offer visitors in need of some picturesque surroundings, with a population of fewer than 20,000.

Lewes is known for its winding cobbled streets and historyLewes is known for its winding cobbled streets and history (Image: Jim Osley)

History fanatics can indulge in the Norman Lewes Castle, built after the Battle of Hastings.

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The 950-year-old fortress is a stunning sight in itself, although a climb to the top of the keep offers stunning panoramic views of the town and the South Downs.

The view from Lewes CastleThe view from Lewes Castle (Image: Paul Farmer)

For natural beauty, tourists can visit Southover Grange Gardens, built in 1542 by William Newton.

The gardens are home to multiple species of trees, with one mulberry tree thought to be over 350 years old, and vibrant flowers.

Other attractions include Anne of Cleves House, the former home of Henry VIII’s fourth wife, Lewes Priory, the 11th century monastery which was occupied by King Henry III during the Battle of Lewes, and a range of pubs and restaurants.

The town is also famed for its annual bonfire which attracts thousands.