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Mercedes Benz World, Weybridge, Surrey

Mercedes Benz World, Weybridge, Surrey

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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Butser Ancient Farm

Butser Ancient Farm

Open air laboratory for archaeology. Using evidence from excavations of prehistoric and Roman sites, the aim is to find out what life really was...

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  1. Add Butser Ancient Farm to your Itinerary

    Butser Ancient Farm

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    Historic Site

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    Horndean

    Butser Ancient Farm, the world renowned open-air museum for life in the Celtic and Roman periods. Experience life in Iron-age roundhouses or a Roman villa.

  2. Add Jane Austen's House Museum to your Itinerary

    Jane Austen's House Museum

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Near Alton

    The novelist Jane Austen is known worldwide for her popular novels describing the society of pre-industrial England.

  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. Add Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre to your Itinerary

    Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre

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    Museum

    Location

    Great Missenden

    The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, in Great Missenden is where Roald Dahl (1916-1990) lived and wrote many of his well-loved books. This great little award-winning Museum, aimed at 6 to 12 year olds and their families, has fun galleries.

  5. Add Bexhill Museum to your Itinerary

    Bexhill Museum

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    Museum

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    BEXHILL-ON-SEA

    A friendly, local museum with a surprising variety of displays spread over three galleries, lillustrating the geology, natural and local history and archaeology of the area.

  6. Add Buckingham Old Gaol Museum to your Itinerary

    Buckingham Old Gaol Museum

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    Museum

    Location

    Buckingham

    Housing Buckingham's Museum, the Tourist Information Centre and the Flora Thompson (Lark Rise to Candleford) exhibition.

  7. Add Ashmolean Museum to your Itinerary

    Ashmolean Museum

    Type

    Museum

    Location

    Oxford

    Collection of art and archaeology, from ancient Egypt to the 20thC. Paintings, sculpture, ceramics, silver, glass and coins, plus art from the Far East.

  8. Add The Llama Park to your Itinerary

    The Llama Park

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    Animal Collection

    Location

    Forest Row

    Llamas, alpacas and reindeer. Play area, information barn. Coffee shop serving light lunches and cream teas and Gift Shop selling Peruvian gifts, toys and alpaca knitwear. 'Walking with Llamas' gift vouchers available - booking essential.

  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 Tudor House Museum and Garden to your Itinerary

    Tudor House Museum and Garden

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Southampton

    Open 7 days a week, 10am - 5pm at the heart of Southampton's Old Town.