Michelham Priory House & Gardens

Our house and gardens are now open to visitors on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 

The café is offering a smaller range of delicious cakes and savoury items with table service. The Watermill and the Forge will remain closed until further notice. Pre-booking is not required.

We have been working hard behind the scenes to make the site as safe as possible and hold the industry ‘Good to Go’ standard. Please follow our Covid- 19 guidelines when visiting.

Dogs are allowed into the grounds from 1.30pm 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 Priory to our Facebook and Instagram pages!

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


As a charity we receive no core Government funding and rely solely on the generosity of our members and the public. Our medieval moat currently requires conservation work to preserve it for future generations to enjoy. Please support us by Making a Donation.

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.

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