Michelham Priory

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

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A table filled with a medieval feast at Michelham Priory, near Hailsham, East Sussex.

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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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Guide Prices

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

See website for more details.

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Recent Reviews:

  • Ruthsmum
    Alton in Hampshire
    Relaxing, interesting and friendly
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 7th November 2020
    We had come to the area specifically to visit the Priory. We were there on an autumn afternoon and it was really lovely. The grounds are pleasant to stroll around with lawns, a little herb garden... Read full review
  • Givparis
    London, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    A stunning piece of history!
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 19th December 2020
    Lovely place with lovely people. Ended up visiting the priory on a beautiful day which made exploring the grounds even more delightful. Crazy to think of the dates that many of the artefacts belong... Read full review
  • LouEast
    London, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Thoroughly recommend
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 8th April 2021
    I visited Michelham priory on a week day morning. I paid for my ticket at the entrance and explored the gardens as the house is currently closed. It was a brilliant morning. The gardens were peaceful... Read full review

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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 (29 Mar 2021 - 31 Oct 2021)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:30 - 17:00

* Michelham Priory is open throughout the year for Groups, School Groups, Events and Weddings. Please contact us for details.

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Awards

  • Visit BritainWe're Good to Go We're Good to Go 2021
  • Regional and Miscellaneous -WTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021

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