Places to visit in Sussex Michelham Priory

Michelham Priory House & Gardens

England’s longest water filled moat surrounds the site which dates back to 1229.

Explore Michelham’s fascinating 800 year history, 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.

One of the Society’s places to visit in Sussex and ideal for a family day out.  As well as the historic house, additional highlights include
-seven acres of grounds with kitchen garden and medieval herb garden
-working watermill
-working 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
-newly refurbished café and gift shop
-regular events throughout the year (check our ‘events’ page for details)

Download a Michelham Priory Leaflet here.

Plan your visit: Practicalities, Schools.

Open: Every day from 14th February 2015 to 20th December 2015.
14th February to 28th February, 11.00am-4pm
1st March to 1st November, 10.30am-5pm
2nd November to 20th December, 11.00am – 4pm

Admission:       Gift Aid*                Standard                                                                Adult                    £9.25                   £8.40                                                                        Child (5-16)          £4.80                   £4.30                                                                 Student / Senior  £8.00                   £7.20                                                                Disabled / Carer  £4.80                  £4.30                                                                Family                £23.65                 £21.50 (2 adults and upto 4 children)

*Gift Aid your donation at Michelham Priory includes a voluntary donation of at least 10% – click here for more details.

Our sites are open to all, but anyone under the age of 16 needs to be accompanied by an adult, unless agreed in advance with our staff.

We regret that we only allow assistance dogs into the house and gardens.



Welcome area and ticket office.  New interactive medieval gallery.


Dovecote shop

A wide range of gifts and books available.



Explore the house with trails, dressing up and hands-on activities.


Kitchen Garden

seasonal garden tours throughout the year.  See our events list for details.


Nature Room

Explore and learn about the wildlife at Michelham.



Children’s playground and picnic area.


Physic Garden

Herbs and plants used in the medieval period.


South Lawn

Have a go archery with the Michelham Bowmen every Saturday afternoon.


Bronze Age Roundhouse

Replica roundhouse reached via the moat walk.


Elizabethan Great Barn

Open daily and available for hire for weddings and other events.





Serving hot and cold food and drinks all day.



Working watermill open most afternoons subject to volunteer availability.



Working forge.  Blacksmith demonstrations most Sundays.

Groups: Groups of 15 or more receive a discounted admission price (£6.60 or child £3.90) when booked in advance.  Guided house or garden tours can also be arranged prior to your visit at a cost of £2.00 per person.  We are also able to pre-book meals or refreshments in the cafe. Contact for a group booking form.

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, 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 and a variety of customer service roles.  Weekend and weekday slots available, and full training will be given.  If you are able to help for a few hours a week at this beautiful site, then please email