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RHS Wisley, Surrey

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Museums

If you haven’t been to a museum in years for fear of drab venues and broken pots in glass cases, you may be interested to hear that museums in England have been transported into the 21st century. Prepare yourself for a surprise as the South East has some of the most dynamic museums in England, with more hundreds across the region.

In place of stuffy rooms and wardens shushing for quiet, you’ll find inspirational and interactive spaces with engaging and accessible exhibits from retro cars to animatronics. Whether you’re into heritage, maritime, wildlife, or sport, you’re bound to find a museum that’s right up your street.

The South East is home to two brilliant Dockyards: Portsmouth Historic Dockyard in Hampshire and The Historic Dockyard Chatham in Kent. Discover maritime history onboard some of the most famous war ships in British Naval history and find out what life was like for sailors in years gone by.

Car enthusiasts won’t want to miss the world-famous National Motor Museum at Beaulieu in Hampshire’s New Forest. See one of the largest car collections held by any of the museums in England, with 250 cars of every age including land speed record-breakers Golden Arrow and Bluebird.

Many of Britain’s best-loved authors lived in the South East and found the region inspirational for their work. Explore the Jane Austen House Museum in Hampshire, the  house where Jane Austen wrote some of her famous novels, and visit the many locations in Kent that tell of the life and works of Charles Dickens, such as the Guildhall Museum in Rochester and the Dickens House Museum.

Other museums in the South East that will help expand your curiosity include the Ashmolean Museum and the River & Rowing Museum, both in Oxfordshire; Mercedes-Benz World in Surrey; Dinosaur Isle on the Isle of Wight; The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Buckinghamshire; and The Look Out Discovery Centre in Berkshire.

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C M Booth Collection of Historic Vehicles

C M Booth Collection of Historic Vehicles

Unique collection of Morgan 3-wheel cars, eleven from 1913-1935, plus 1904 Humber Tricar, 1929 Morris van, 1929 Ford model A, 1936 Bampton caravan,...

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  1. Add C M Booth Collection of Historic Vehicles to your Itinerary

    C M Booth Collection of Historic Vehicles

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    Museum

    Location

    Tenterden

    Unique collection of Morgan 3-wheel cars, eleven from 1913-1935, plus 1904 Humber Tricar, 1929 Morris van, 1929 Ford model A, 1936 Bampton caravan, early cycles, motorcycles, toy and model cars and motoring memorabilia.

  2. Add Royal Engineers Museum to your Itinerary

    Royal Engineers Museum

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    Museum

    Location

    Gillingham

    There is something for all the family. Zulu War items, Boer War, World Wars I and II, planes, trains, tanks, bridges, bombs, 25 galleries.

  3. Add Stanley Spencer Gallery to your Itinerary

    Stanley Spencer Gallery

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    Gallery

    Location

    Cookham, Maidenhead

    This Gallery is dedicated to the life and work of Sir Stanley Spencer RA (1891-1959). It has a wonderful collection of more than 100 of his paintings and drawings.

  4. Willesborough Windmill

    Add Willesborough Windmill to your Itinerary

    Willesborough Windmill

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    Heritage / Visitor Centre

    Location

    Ashford

    135 year old Smock Mill, in course of restoration. Miller's cottage, restored Hornsby 14hp gas oil engine which drives one pair of stones.

  5. Add Butser Ancient Farm to your Itinerary

    Butser Ancient Farm

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    Farm

    Location

    Waterlooville

    Butser Ancient Farm, nestled within the Southdowns National Park, is a wonderful outdoor space showcasing Ancient Britain through experimental archaeology.

  6. Add Buckinghamshire County Museum & Roald Dahl Childrens Gallery to your Itinerary

    Buckinghamshire County Museum & Roald Dahl Childrens Gallery

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    Museum

    Location

    Aylesbury

    Lively hands-on, innovative museum complex consisting of county heritage displays, regional art gallery and the Roald Dahl Children's Gallery in lovely garden setting.

  7. Add Winchester's Military Museums to your Itinerary

    Winchester's Military Museums

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    Museum

    Location

    Winchester

    Five splendid military museums on an historic site with Visitor Centre, café displays and activities to interest all the family.

  8. Add Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway to your Itinerary

    Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway

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    Steam Railway

    Location

    Hythe

    An attractive, small Cinque Port town with small shops, supermarkets, antique shops, an antiques market at the Malt House every Friday and Saturday, restaurants, pubs, swimming baths, sea front and walks or boating along the Royal Military

  9. Add The 1642 Living History Village to your Itinerary

    The 1642 Living History Village

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    Museum

    Location

    Rowner, Gosport

    A representational Hampshire village set in the year 1642. Timber and thatched buildings, occupants dressed and speak in 17thC style.

  10. Add Mid-Hants Railway 'Watercress Line' to your Itinerary

    Mid-Hants Railway 'Watercress Line'

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    Steam Railway

    Location

    Alresford

    Let off steam and travel by one of our lovingly restored Steam trains through 10 miles of beautiful Hampshire countryside.