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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.

Top ten museums in South East England

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 River & Rowing Museum 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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The True CRIME Museum

The True CRIME Museum

The True CRIME Museum is a SHOCKING new attraction for everyone fascinated by the dark world of CRIME. Set in 3,000 sq/ft of seafront caves, it is...

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  1. Add The True CRIME Museum to your Itinerary

    The True CRIME Museum

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    Museum

    Location

    Hastings

    “A SHOCKING new attraction for everyone fascinated by the dark world of CRIME”

  2. Add Royal Navy Submarine Museum to your Itinerary

    Royal Navy Submarine Museum

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    Museum

    Location

    Gosport

    Go onboard our submarines with a submariner to hear his stories about living beneath the waves. Peer into the only surviving WW2 midget submarine, climb inside the Royal Navy’s first submarine and relax in our harbour side coffee shop.

  3. Add Army Medical Services Museum to your Itinerary

    Army Medical Services Museum

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    Museum

    Location

    Aldershot

    The museum tells the story of military medicine, nursing, dental and veterinary science from 1660 until today.

  4. Add Action Stations at Boathouse 6 to your Itinerary

    Action Stations at Boathouse 6

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    Event Venue

    Location

    HM Naval Base, Portsmouth

    Action Stations is a high-tech, interactive indoor attraction housed in Boathouse 6. The boathouse itself was built between 1845 and 1848, and features a unique series of physical challenges, simulators and technological experiments.

  5. Add Kraft Village to your Itinerary

    Kraft Village

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    Museum

    Location

    High Wycombe

    Kraft Village
    High Wycombe Chair Making Museum exhibits tools used in making 4,700
    chairs a day in 1875. Brief demo of shave horse and pole lathe,exhibit of Windsor chairs
    Kraftinwood Woodturning Workshop. Large Contemporary Art Gallery
    Artist studios
    Browse the craft gift shop

  6. Add Ramsgate Tunnels to your Itinerary

    Ramsgate Tunnels

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    Historic Site

    Location

    Ramsgate

    Put on a hard hat and pick up a lantern for a guided tour of Ramsgate’s wartime tunnels.

  7. Add Margate Museum to your Itinerary

    Margate Museum

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    Museum

    Location

    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.

  8. Add Rockbourne Roman Villa to your Itinerary

    Rockbourne Roman Villa

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    Historic Site

    Location

    Fordingbridge

    Rockbourne is near Fordingbridge in a picturesque and peaceful part of Hampshire close to the New Forest

  9. Add Medieval Merchants House to your Itinerary

    Medieval Merchants House

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Southampton

    Sensitive restoration has returned this house to its mid 14th century appearence steeped in atmosphere. It is easy to imagine the life of John Fortin, a wine trader, and his family who lived here c1290.

  10. 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.