This picturesque island boasts the country’s largest medieval water-filled moat and offers a great day out for the family.

The moat encircles a site steeped in history dating back to 1229, from its foundation by Augustinian canons, through the destruction caused by the dissolution of the monasteries in Tudor times and into its later life as a country house for farming families in times of peace and Evacuees from London and Canadian Army during WWII.

Explore 800 years of history in the Tudor house and 14th century medieval gatehouse with hands-on activities and displays of furniture and artefacts. Rooms include an interactive Victorian kitchen, our WWII evacuee’s bedroom, Tudor kitchen, Prior’s room and Undercroft.


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All Access

Gift Aid* Standard
Adult £12.10 £11.00
Child/Student (5-17) £6.05 £5.50
Senior £11.55 £10.50
Family (2 adults + up to 4 children) £31.90 £29.00
Family (1 adult + up to 3 children) £18.70 £17.00

Grounds only

Gift Aid* Standard
Adult £10.45 £9.50
Child/Student (5-17) £4.95 £4.50
Senior £9.90 £9.00
Family (2 adults + up to 4 children) £28.60 £26.00
Family (1 adult + up to 3 children) £16.50 £15.00
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29th March to 16th May – 10.30am-5pm Gardens Only
17th May to 31st October – 10.30am-5pm
1st November to 30th November – 11.00am-4pm
1st to 19th December – Weekends only, 11.00am-4pm

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Discover our rural heritage with our historic watermill and forge.

Relax in seven acres of tranquil gardens and grounds. Take a walk around the moat, the recreated cloister, physic and kitchen gardens and watch the abundance of wildlife or feed our resident ducks.

Enjoy the many sculptures throughout the grounds. There are also many special events held throughout the year.

Play in the children’s play area and try on dressing up clothes in the house.

Eat in the popular café, serving hot and cold food and drinks all day.

Plenty inside and out to keep the family entertained all day.

Dogs: We welcome dogs at Michelham Priory House & Gardens. Due to the historic nature of the site and the wildlife that calls these places home, we ask
that you keep dogs on short leads at all times, there will also be some Dog Free Zones. Assistance dogs are welcome across the whole property. For more information on Dogs Welcome.

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

Address: Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker, Hailsham BN27 3QS

Phone: 01323 844224

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From our visitors

"Incredibly stunning place. You get a medieval feel and can imagine being there as a King. They have done well to keep it like this and would highly recommend"

TheoB via Tripadvisor - Lewes Castle

“A Trip Back in Time. Fascinating history of the Roman Palace. Well explained. Lots to see in the museum and the remains. Incredible detail in the layout of the Palace.”

Sue A via Tripadvisor - Fishbourne Roman Palace

“Go Visit NOW! The gardens are genuinely some of the most beautiful we’ve seen. We are going back soon.”

HorshamLass via Tripadvisor - Michelham Priory

“This was such an interesting place to come to. You could really feel the history of this place.”

Fifi582014 via Tripadvisor - The Priest House and Gardens