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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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Fishbourne Roman Palace

Fishbourne Roman Palace

The remains of the largest domestic Roman building in Britain is displayed inside a cover building, with many impressive mosaic floors, underfloor...

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  1. Add Fishbourne Roman Palace to your Itinerary

    Fishbourne Roman Palace

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    Historic Site

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    Chichester

    Remains of the largest Roman domestic residence in Britain. Beautiful mosaics, museum, audio visual programme. Replanted Roman gardens and Roman gardening museum. Discounts for groups of 20+. Open Daily 1st February - 15th December.

  2. Add HorsePower - The Museum of The Kings Royal Hussars in Winchester to your Itinerary

    HorsePower - The Museum of The Kings Royal Hussars in Winchester

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    Museum

    Location

    Winchester

    Victorian uniforms, paintings, medals, horse, 1914 dugout, photographs, silver, 3 Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFVs).

  3. Add Museum of Oxford to your Itinerary

    Museum of Oxford

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    Museum

    Location

    Oxford

    History of the city and university. Discover the cities earliest residents, medieval crafts, civil war stories, famous literary connections and the growth of a modern city.

  4. Add REME Museum of Technology to your Itinerary

    REME Museum of Technology

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    Museum

    Location

    Reading

    The museum shows the developing technology used by the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in maintaining and repairing the army's equipment since 1942.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Add Worthing Museum and Art Gallery to your Itinerary

    Worthing Museum and Art Gallery

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    Museum

    Location

    Worthing

    Varied collections including art, costume, toys, archaeology and local history. Exciting programme of temporary exhibitions throughout the year. Small garden hosts changing sculpture exhibitions.

  8. Add Pendon Museum to your Itinerary

    Pendon Museum

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    Museum

    Location

    Long Wittenham

    Pendon aims to recapture, in detailed and colourful miniature, scenes showing the beauty of the English countryside as it used to be in the years around 1930.

  9. Add Hove Museum & Art Gallery to your Itinerary

    Hove Museum & Art Gallery

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    Museum

    Location

    Hove

    Hove Museum is one of the most family friendly and accessible museums in the south east. It also houses one of the finest craft collections in the country.

  10. Add Museum of Farnham to your Itinerary

    Museum of Farnham

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    Museum

    Location

    Farnham

    An award-winning museum with displays interpreting the history of the Farnham area. Willmer House is an C18th town house with a delightful walled garden.