The Priest House stands in a traditional cottage garden in the picturesque village of West Hoathly on the edge of Ashdown Forest.

The house was owned in turn by Henry VIII, Thomas Cromwell, Anne of Cleves, Mary I and Elizabeth I. It is now furnished with 17th & 18th century country furniture and domestic objects collected by John Godwin-King, who gifted these and the house to us.

Over 170 culinary, medicinal & household herbs are planted in the garden. The resident curator gives fascinating tours of the house and garden upon request.

Getting to The Priest House: The house is in the picturesque village of West Hoathly near East Grinstead, Crawley and Haywards Heath. It is just off the M23 and is on the 81 and 84 bus routes from East Grinstead and Three Bridges.

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Admission Prices 

Gift Aid* Standard
Adult £6.60 £6.00
Child/Student (5-17) £3.30 £3.00
Senior £6.05 £5.50
Family (2 adults + up to 4 children) £15.00 £16.50
Family (1 adult + up to 3 children) £9.90 £9.00
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!


A reduced price for groups of 10 or more is available. Please email for further information.

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The Priest House Opening Times

March to October

Tuesday to Saturday – 10.30am to 5.30pm

Sunday – 12pm to 5.30pm

Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays

The friendly and informal atmosphere makes the house an ideal introduction to museum visiting.

Children can find out how a house was built and furnished and what it was like to live in a time before the invention of electric lights, central heating and flushing toilets!

The Priest House is an early 15th century timber-framed building with a collection of domestic items in an authentic period setting which provides opportunities for cross-curricular, literacy or science based work.

The colourful cottage garden, which is full of medieval herbs and plants, and the historic village of West Hoathly also offer opportunities to understand how an old building relates to its environment.

We offer guided tours, with opportunities for group work and artefact handling. A loans box is available to groups visiting the house for follow-up work in the classroom.

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 The Priest House by calling 01342 810479 or email

Address: West Hoathly, East Grinstead RH19 4PP

Phone: 01342 810479

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