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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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Eastney Beam Engine House

Eastney Beam Engine House

Eastney Beam Engine House's main attraction is a pair of magnificent James Watt beam engines, steamed when the museum is open, housed in their...

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  1. Add Eastney Beam Engine House to your Itinerary

    Eastney Beam Engine House

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    Museum

    Location

    Southsea

    Eastney Beam Engine House contains a pair of James Watt beam engines and reciprocal pumps restored to their 1887 condition. The engine house is open the last full weekend of every month.

  2. Add Cogges to your Itinerary

    Cogges

    Type

    Heritage / Visitor Centre

    Location

    Witney

    Everyone who visits Cogges for the first time is bowled over by its beauty. Visit a unique venue and heritage site with a fascinating story, set around a manor house and farm buildings, walled garden and orchard. Take welly walks around the island woodland and moat by the River Windrush, at the...

  3. Add Michelham Priory to your Itinerary

    Michelham Priory

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Hailsham

    Enter through the 14th-century gatehouse and wander the beautiful gardens or tour the historic house. You can also explore the medieval watermill, working forge, rope museum and Elizabethan Great Barn.

  4. Add Fishbourne Roman Palace to your Itinerary

    Fishbourne Roman Palace

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    Historic Site

    Location

    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.

  5. Add Portsmouth Historic Dockyard to your Itinerary

    Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

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    Historic Ship

    Location

    Portsmouth

    Featuring the NEW Mary Rose Museum and world famous ships HMS Victory and HMS Warrior 1860. Plus NEW for April 2014, HMS Alliance, the only remaining WW2 era British ocean going submarine.

  6. Add Booth Museum of Natural History to your Itinerary

    Booth Museum of Natural History

    Type

    Museum

    Location

    Brighton

    This fascinating museum houses exhibits that include hundreds of British birds displayed in recreated natural settings, insects from butterflies to beetles, a killer whale skeleton and dinosaur bones

  7. Add Army Medical Services Museum to your Itinerary

    Army Medical Services Museum

    Type

    Museum

    Location

    Aldershot

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

  8. 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.

  9. Add Leeds Castle to your Itinerary

    Leeds Castle

    Type

    Castle / Fort

    Location

    Maidstone

    Set in 500 acres of beautiful parkland, Leeds Castle is the perfect backdrop to your day out. The historic castle, glorious gardens, attractions and programme of events awaits visitors.

  10. Add Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum  to your Itinerary

    Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum

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    Museum

    Location

    Woodstock

    A museum which tells the personal lives of generations of men and women experienced through war.