Explore 800 years of history at Michelham Priory House and Gardens – a Tudor house set on a picturesque moated island, complete with medieval gatehouse, watermill and more.

Michelham Priory House and Gardens is set on a private island within England’s largest medieval water-filled moat.

Founded by Augustinian canons in 1229, the site is steeped in history. During Tudor times the site suffered destruction caused by the dissolution of the monasteries, and in WWII it was home to evacuees and the Canadian Army.

There are fascinating displays of furniture and artefacts, set in rooms reflecting different periods of Michelham’s rich history. These include an historic kitchen and the WWII evacuees’ bedroom. Children will enjoy the hands-on activities and outfits to try on.

Outdoors there are seven acres of beautiful grounds and buildings to explore including: a great barn; medieval gate house; watermill; and the kitchen, physic and medieval herb gardens.

There’s plenty inside and out to entertain the whole family for the day.

Why not take a walk around the moat, feed our resident ducks, explore the sculptures in the grounds, let off steam at the children’s play area, before getting a bite to eat at the café.

 

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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
Carer for Disabled (if required) Free Free
Members of the Sussex Archaeological Society Free Free

*Gift Aid your admission which includes a voluntary donation of at least 10% to support our charitable work. Thank you!

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
Carer for Disabled (if required) Free Free
Members of the Sussex Archaeological Society Free Free

*Gift Aid your admission which includes a voluntary donation of at least 10% to support our charitable work. Thank you!

Groups
A reduced price for groups of 10 or more is available. Please email MichelhamFOH@SussexPast.co.uk for further information.

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Michelham Priory Opening Times

Michelham Priory House and Gardens opens for 2022 on March 1st. Opening times are:

  • March to September – 10.30am to 5pm
  • October to November – 10.30am to 4pm
  • 1st December to 18th December (weekends only) – 10.30am to 4pm

 

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Michelham Priory House and Gardens are located in Upper Dicker, near Hailsham, Eastbourne.

Getting here

There is no direct public transport to the site, so you’ll need to visit by car, bike or hike! The site is 8 miles north-west of Eastbourne off the A22/A27.

Accessibility

General access: Gardens, ground floor of the house, café, barn and courtyard area are all accessible. Wheelchair ramps provided where necessary. 3D virtual tours of the upstairs of the property are available via tablets on site – please ask

Parking: There are dedicated parking spaces for visitors displaying a Blue Badge.

Access aids: We have a range of equipment available including loan wheelchairs and mobility scooters.

Sensory tours: Available by prior arrangement.

Assistance dogs: welcome.

Toilets: disabled toilet on site

Food and drink

The site has a popular café, serving hot and cold food and drinks all day. We use lots of fresh produce from the Priory’s Kitchen garden in our menu, as part of our Plot-to-Plate initiative. This means you’re eating local, seasonal produce in its prime. Take that, food miles! Plus all of our cakes are baked on site, so they’re as fresh as they are tasty.

Gifts and shopping

Stop by The Dovecote Gift Shop to browse gifts and souvenirs of your visit. We have a lovely range of hand-selected products, plus plants grown right here at the Priory.

Four-legged friends

We love seeing your four-legged friends but there are restrictions in place (expect for assistance dogs).

Grounds only – To preserve the historic nature of the site, dogs are only permitted in the grounds, not the buildings

Short-lead at all times – We are home to lots of wildlife, so dogs must be well-behaved and kept on a short lead at all times

No dogs during events – No dogs are allowed on site during events, because events are especially busy and crowded

Assistance dogs welcome – Assistance dogs are permitted across the whole property and during events.

Group bookings

Are you looking to book for a group of 10 or more? We offer discounted rates for each of our properties. Discover more about our offer by reading our groups brochure here.

To make a group booking contact the team at Michelham Priory by calling call 01323 844224 or email MichelhamFOH@sussexpast.co.uk.

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