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Charles Dickens Birthplace

Charles Dickens Birthplace

Portsmouth

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.

If your South East of England break involves a day trip to London we can highly recommend the Cutty Sark, Royal Observatory Greenwich and the National Maritime Museum.

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Margate Museum

Margate Museum

Located in the old town hall that has served as a police station find out about Margate’s history – leading the way in seaside resort development,...

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  1. Add Margate Museum to your Itinerary

    Margate Museum

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    Museum

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    Margate

    Margate Museum is opened by a group of volunteers called the Friends of Margate Museum who work with Thanet District Council to open Margate Museum on a regular basis.

  2. Add Winchester's Military Museums to your Itinerary

    Winchester's Military Museums

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    Museum

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    Winchester

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

  3. Add Portsmouth Museum to your Itinerary

    Portsmouth Museum

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    Museum

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    Portsmouth

    Portsmouth Museum is the museum of and for the people of Portsmouth with exciting and varied displays.

  4. Add Bursledon Windmill to your Itinerary

    Bursledon Windmill

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    Windmill

    Location

    Bursledon

    Bursledon Windmill is currently closed for restoration until November and so not currently open to the public.

  5. Add Maison Dieu to your Itinerary

    Maison Dieu

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    Museum

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    Faversham

    An early 16thC timber-framed building incorporating fragments of a 13thC hospital and shelter for pilgrims. Displays of local history and archaeology.

  6. Add Willis Museum and Sainsbury Gallery to your Itinerary

    Willis Museum and Sainsbury Gallery

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    Museum

    Location

    Basingstoke

    Discover Basingstoke and Deane’s past, from the rich archaeological heritage beneath our feet right up to the modern day.

  7. Add SeaCity Museum to your Itinerary

    SeaCity Museum

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    Museum

    Location

    Southampton

    SeaCity Museum tells the story of the people of Southampton, their fascinating lives and the city’s historic connection with the sea. Visit us to discover how we bring maritime history to life through an interactive experience designed of all ages.

  8. Add The Lightbox to your Itinerary

    The Lightbox

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    Gallery

    Location

    Woking

  9. Add Chart Gunpowder Mill to your Itinerary

    Chart Gunpowder Mill

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    Museum

    Location

    Faversham

    The remains of four hundred years of gun powder manufacturing in Faversham.

  10. Add Southampton City Art Gallery to your Itinerary

    Southampton City Art Gallery

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    Gallery

    Location

    Southampton

    The art gallery attracts art-lovers, curious amateurs as well as those who simply enjoy the atmosphere of a gallery.