Michelham Priory’s Gardens are now open and our staff are look forward to welcoming visitors back to enjoy our 7 acre garden island, offset to great effect by the longest water-filled medieval moat in the UK. A take-away cafe service is also available.
Future Plans to open the House
We plan to re-open the House from Monday 17th May – subject to Government restrictions.
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.
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 playground 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. View our video below to see more.
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 hereContact: Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 3QS. 01323 844224, Email.