The Priest House

The Priest House and Gardens

15th century hall house hosting the fascinating museum of Sussex Folklore

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.

Information for Visitors:

Plan your visit
Adult Group Visits & Tours

Open: March to October 10.30am to 5.30pm. Sunday 12pm opening. Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays.

Admission:       Gift Aid*           Standard
Adult                     £6.60             £6.00
Child (5-17)          £3.30             £3.00
Student / Senior   £6.05             £5.50
Carer (if required)  Free             Free
Family 1               £16.50            £15.00 (2 adults and up to 4 children)
Family 2              £9.90               £9.00 (1 adult and up to 3 children)
A reduced price for groups of 15 or more is available, please contact The Priest House for more details.

*Gift Aid your admission.

As a charity we receive no core Government funding and rely solely on the generosity of our members and the public. To support us during this difficult time, please make a donation.

Please see our Historic Sussex leaflet to find out about other Sussex Past properties.

Contact: The Priest House, North Lane, West Hoathly, West Sussex, RH19 4PP.

Tel: 01342 810479,  Email.

Interested in becoming a volunteer? Find out more on our Volunteers page.