Michelham Priory

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

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Michelham Priory boasts England’s longest medieval 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, 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.

 

The Gardens

Explore seven acres of beautiful grounds at the majestic Michelham Priory, near Hailsham. From 80,000 blooming daffodils in the spring to summer displays of peonies, roses and alliums, once you cross the medieval moat onto the picturesque island you will be immersed in the tranquil sounds and smells of nature. A moat walk, children’s playground and café with homemade produce makes this the ideal day out for the family.

 

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£13.00 per ticket
Child£6.50 per ticket
Family (1 adult + up to 3 children)£22.00 per ticket
Family (2 adults and up to 4 children)£32.00 per ticket
Senior£12.00 per ticket

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    Recent Reviews:

    • 704briand
      Llandrindod Wells, United Kingdom
      A Hidden Gem
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 25th December 2023
      A most delightful place. Unprepossessing place but an absolute treasure full of history. Great displays & the guide very pleasant, engaging & informative. A place that repays a much longer visit! A... Read full review
    • Travelwise207
      London, United Kingdom
      Beautiful experience, glorious grounds.
      4 of 5 stars
      Friday, 22nd March 2024
      Wonderful experience. Even on a cold day, this was well worth the visit. The guides were wonderful, full of knowledge and love for the place. After all, there is nearly 1,000 years of history... Read full review
    • Nigel S
      Winforton, United Kingdom
      Great Slice of History
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 16th June 2024
      Moated Priory with fantastic history dating back 800 years. Fascinating place to visit and interesting stories over years from history of Augustinian canons to later years as a country house. seven... 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 (25 May 2024 - 30 Sept 2024)
    DayTimes
    Monday - WednesdayClosed
    Thursday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00

    * Michelham Priory is also open 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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