Michelham Priory

Upper Dicker, Nr Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 3QS

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Michelham Priory

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Michelham Priory boasts England’s longest medieval water-filled moat and offers a great day out for all 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 in and Canadian Army during WWII.

On our picturesque island you will find seven acres of magnificent gardens, the Tudor mansion, impressive 14th century gatehouse, the historic watermill and forge, Elizabethan Great Barn, Dovecote shop, café and playground.

Explore eight hundred years of history in the house and 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.

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.

Why not stay longer?

If you're visiting with children, check out the nearby Knockhatch or Drusillas adventure parks. Or take a visit to pretty Pevensey, the spot where the Normans landed in 1066, or Herstmonceux with its fantastic observatory and moated castle. 

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Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£10.80 per ticket
Child£5.20 per ticket
Family (2 adults and up to 4 children)£28.00 per ticket
Student / Senior£9.80 per ticket

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    Recent Reviews:

    • kelvinm254
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Nice garden
      3 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 3rd April 2022
      A lovely quiet place, perfectly for garden walk in the sunshine. Website states dog friendly, allowing dogs in the gardens. However the cafe was not so dog friendly (no signs stating no dogs) and we... Read full review
    • S6536DBantoniac
      Trip Type:
      Family
      Interesting place but overpriced for family
      3 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 6th April 2022
      Lovely place but very overpriced for a family. We paid £29 for a family of 4. That is more than National Trust Bodiam Castle which is much more impressive. Michelham is an interesting building with... Read full review
    • 264rebeccas
      Brighton, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Family
      Perfect for a sunny afternoon
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 22nd April 2022
      We visited on a Bank Holiday afternoon, arriving at 2 and leaving at closing time. It wasn’t busy and we had an amazing afternoon. Our children (6 and 10) enjoyed running around the grounds and... Read full review

    Map & Directions

    Facilities

    Catering

    • On-Site cafe/restaurant

    Children & Infants

    • Family Friendly, Children Welcome

    Establishment Features

    • Event Venue

    Parking & Transport

    • On site parking

    Provider Preferences

    • In countryside

    Opening Times

    Opening hours (1 Mar 2022 - 30 Sept 2022)
    DayTimes
    Monday - Sunday10:30 - 17:00
    Season (1 Oct 2022 - 30 Nov 2022)
    DayTimes
    Monday - Sunday10:30 - 16:30
    Season (1 Dec 2022 - 18 Dec 2022)
    DayTimes
    Monday - FridayClosed
    Saturday - Sunday10:30 - 16:00
    Bank HolidayClosed

    * Michelham Priory is also for Groups, School Groups, Events and Weddings. Please contact them for details.

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    Awards

    • Regional and Miscellaneous -WTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021

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