Michelham Priory House & Gardens

Our gardens, café (takeaway service) and shop are now open to visitors, seven days a week. The house itself is currently closed. However, we hope to reopen it in mid-August, government guidelines permitting.

The mill, the forge, and the playground remain closed until further notice, and we are limiting the total number of visitors in the grounds at any one time to ensure social distancing is maintained. Please be aware that, should we reach the maximum number, you may need to wait for a short period before entering the site. Pre-booking is not required.

Covid-19 update for all Sussex Archaeological Society properties.


We have been working hard behind the scenes to make the site as safe as possible for our visitors, staff and volunteers.
We are asking everybody to adhere to social distancing on site and there are plenty of hand washing/sanitising facilities. We will be behind screens at the ticket office and café, for our safety and yours.
Regular cleaning will take place during the day.
Please bear with us while we get used to this new way of working.

On an exciting note, we are allowing dogs into the grounds from 1.30‒5.00 p.m. every day. They need to be on a short lead and owners need to be responsible for their dog. We look forward to seeing you and your furry friends soon.
Please share photos of your dog enjoying a day out at Michelham to our Facebook and Instagram pages!

As a charity we receive no core Government funding and rely solely on the generosity of our members and the public. Please support us during this time by Making a Donation.

The country’s largest medieval water-filled moat

Explore 800 years of history at Michelham Priory, from its foundation by Augustinian canons and later dissolution by King Henry VIII.

This Grade I listed building became a country house in the 1930s and was home to evacuees and Canadian troops during WWII.

This picturesque island offers a great day out for the family. View video below.

The Tudor mansion includes:
– Interactive Victorian kitchen
– WWII evacuee bedroom
– Tudor kitchen
– Prior’s room
– Undercroft

Additional highlights:
– 15 acres of grounds with kitchen garden, physic and medieval herb garden
– historic watermill and forge
– interactive medieval gallery in the 14th century gatehouse
– replica Bronze Age roundhouse
– children’s play area
– trails, dressing up and hands-on activities throughout the house
– café and gift shop
– regular events throughout the year (visit our ‘events’ page for details)

Download a Michelham Priory Leaflet 2020 here.

Getting here & Facilities:
Plan your Visit
Information for Schools

Contact adminmich@sussexpast.co.uk

Accessibility: The gardens, ground floor of the house, cafe, barn and courtyard area are all accessible. Sensory tours available by prior arrangement, assistance dogs welcome.  Access aids include loan wheelchairs, a dedicated disabled toilet and ramps where necessary. See a full Access Statement here

Contact:  Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 3QS.  01323 844224, Email.
Want to join the Michelham Team?  We are currently looking for volunteers to help in our Watermill, Shop, Garden and a variety of customer service roles. Full training will be given. If you are able to help for a few hours a week at this beautiful site, then please email adminmich@sussexpast.co.uk