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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.


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 in World War II. On this picturesque island you can explore the magnificent Tudor mansion, impressive 14th-century gatehouse, working watermill and forge.

Kids can play in the replica Bronze Age roundhouse and playground plus engage with the plenty of hands on activities throughout the site, or enjoy the cake in our cafe or a visit to the Dovecote shop.

Outside relax in the seven acres of gardens and grounds, take a walk around the moat, discover the recreated cloister, physic and kitchen gardens or visit on one of the many special events throughout the year. There is plenty inside and out at Michelham Priory to keep the family entertained all day, eleven months of the year!

The house has also appeared on the TV series Most Haunted.

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. You'll find plenty of places to stay, eat and drink.

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:

  • Lanzagal
    Uxbridge, United Kingdom
    Perfect for those who love history
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 18th January 2020
    Went as part of a coach trip and was very pleased with tour of building. Plenty of guides to inform and no restrictions on photography. Both inside the priory and the gardens give way to excellent... Read full review
  • David T
    Doncaster, United Kingdom
    Interesting 2 hours
    4 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 4th February 2020
    Went on a coach trip to this Priory (in January), not normally open but opened for the 4 coach loads of us. Although it was included in our holiday I noticed admission prices are steep for so small... Read full review
  • mrrodik
    Woburn Sands, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Great experience
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 7th March 2020
    My other half and I arrived at the site earlier than opening hours, so we were actually the first to visit the property on the day. Because we were the only ones there, the experience of exploring... Read full review

Map & Directions



  • 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

February half term (15 Feb 2020 - 23 Dec 2020)
Monday - Sunday11:00 - 16:00
Spring and summer (1 Mar 2020 - 30 Sept 2020)
Monday - Sunday10:30 - 17:00
Autumn (1 Oct 2020 - 30 Nov 2020)
Monday - Sunday11:00 - 16:00
Winter (1 Dec 2020 - 20 Dec 2020)
Saturday - Sunday11:00 - 16:00

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

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