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Michelham Priory

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Address: Michelham Priory Michelham Priory Road, Arlington BN27 3QS, England
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+44 1323 844224
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Michelham Priory is an historic house and gardens dating back to the 13th...

Michelham Priory is an historic house and gardens dating back to the 13th Century. Inside the house you can discover the history of the site from Medieval times right up to its use during WW2. Hands on activities, trails and dressing up keep the children amused!Outside we have extensive gardens, moat, working watermill, forge, Elizabethan barn, playground, and replica Bronze age roundhouse.At the weekends you can have a go at archery with the Bowmen, and recently opened in 2013 is the interactive Medieval gallery in the gatehouse.Many special events run throughout the season, please check the website for details.Michelham Priory has ample parking, shop, cafe and picnic area.

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Easter Day out

Chose here as there was an Easter trail and entertainment for my daughters. Beautiful place, gardens are lovely and I imagine if the sun was shining it would have been a lovely... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Chose here as there was an Easter trail and entertainment for my daughters. Beautiful place, gardens are lovely and I imagine if the sun was shining it would have been a lovely walk, was cloudy and somewhat chilly but still enjoyable with plenty of varied history to suit many interests. The section on the war and evacuees and the allied... More 

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Thank Macco4
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

As we had been to Eastbourne before we wanted to visit somewhere close by. This place has really beautiful gardens and walks you could spend hours just walking round the priority itself has staff working and explaining how things were used there was so much for children to do including dressing up and quizzes. We also visited the tea room... More 

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Thank Hodhards
Worthing, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were looking for something local to do for an afternoon and had never been to Michelham Priory so thought it worth a try. We had a wonderful afternoon wandering the grounds and the house. There is so much to do here, the medieval keep, 7 acres of beautiful gardens, walking around the moat, bronze age roundhouse, the metal forge,... More 

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Thank Luke P
London, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Been past the signs for this house many times and never thought about a visit until last week. Great interesting house with some original furniture and a fabulous history connected to the dissolution by Henry viii and the Sackville family. Amazing Elizabethan barn with hammer beam roof. Interesting Water Mill. Great, friendly people running it. Stuff to do for kids.... More 

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Thank Paul S
Stevenage, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Unplanned visit on Easter Sunday. Arrived mid-afternoon and the place was very quiet. It is a beautiful setting. The gardens are vast, well maintained great for a relaxing stroll. The main building is full of history with attentive staff on hand to offer some fascinating tales. I later learned most haunted had filmed here - I wish this had been... More 

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Thank Graham M
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A very interesting trip, a little spooky at times. Brilliant setting, good cafe, very welcoming staff and a great way to get close to history. No barriers here, you can touch the furniture and learn about this important historical place and how it would have been to live and work there many moons ago. The educational room with tile rubbings,... More 

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Thank Richard D
Birmingham England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived late in the afternoon so not many visitors were there. We liked the house, it's architecture, simple furnishings and history. But it was the peace and tranquility which was most noticeable. The sun was shining brightly. A lovely pleasant temperature. Well mown lawns surrounded by the moat and the gardens especially the tulips were at their best. I... More 

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Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a gem for an unhurried afternoon with a stroll through the peaceful grounds and a fascinating tour of the house which started off as a priory but had many different owners and "improvements" following the dissolution by Henry VIII. The Members of Sussex Archaeological Society obviously apply loving care to all aspects of a visit. The volunteer guides... More 

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Thank mikeandros
Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We walked round the grounds in the sun, beautiful spring flowers everywhere. So peaceful. We have been before for special events and have really enjoyed it, as have the kids, but this was even more lovely without the mayhem. The cafe is a real gem. Lovely lunches - I had a delicious jacket potato with prawns, proper crispy skin. We... More 

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ended up here after going to other venues which weren't open or had no parking facilities. We like history, old buildings and learning about how it all historically worked. This would have been excellent rating except for the poor response from 2 male staff members working on a small tractor on the driveway as we arrived. We drove in... More 

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