Michelham Priory House & Gardens

Covid 19 Update – Michelham Priory Gardens due to reopen Saturday 4 July, with Members-only access beforehand. We are aiming to reopen the house on Monday 20 July. Please note that we are currently CLOSED  and events are cancelled until at least the end of June 2020.

As a charity we receive no core Government funding and rely solely on the generosity of our members and the public. Please support us during this time by Making a Donation.

The country’s largest medieval water-filled moat


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.

This picturesque island offers a great day out for the family. 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