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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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:

    • Sussexkim
      Hailsham, United Kingdom
      Beautiful house & gardens
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 31st August 2021
      Wasn’t sure where to take my 11 year old granddaughter for our last day together this summer holiday so I decided on Michelham Priory & I must say I’m glad I did. The grounds are beautiful & the... Read full review
    • Norman B
      London, England
      Waste of a day
      1 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 1st September 2021
      Went a person displaying a car a the 2021 Classic show. After supplying information and copy of insurance the organisers did not respond to email and have failed to give answers to questions to which... Read full review
    • Andrew081
      St. Albans, United Kingdom
      Interesting house and pleasant grounds
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 10th September 2021
      We ended up at Michelham Priory as the attraction we were meant to be visiting was closed – so we search a map and decided on Michelham Priory (a place none of us had visited before). The imposing... 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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    Events

    Saturday, 26th June 2021 - Sunday, 31st October 2021

    small framed pictures hanging on a wooden wall'In a field of flowers' Sussex Floras from the Society's collectionsThis stunning exhibition comprises of the work of eight, predominantly women artists, the botanical art collection contains several hundred watercolours along with several sketchbooks, loose drawings, and studies.
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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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