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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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Bursledon Brickworks Museum

Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum

Come and be amazed at the authentic sights, sounds and smells of the last steam-driven Victorian brickworks in the UK. Make your own brick, get close...

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  1. Add Bursledon Brickworks Museum to your Itinerary

    Bursledon Brickworks Museum

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    Industrial Archaeology

    Location

    Bursledon

    Come and be amazed at the authentic sights, sounds and smells of the last steam-driven Victorian brickworks in the UK.

  2. Add Royal Engineers Museum to your Itinerary

    Royal Engineers Museum

    Type

    Museum

    Location

    Gillingham

    There is something for all the family. Zulu War items, Boer War, World Wars I and II, planes, trains, tanks, bridges, bombs, 25 galleries.

  3. Add HMS M.33 at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard to your Itinerary

    HMS M.33 at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

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    Historic Ship

    Location

    HM Naval Base, Portsmouth

    HMS M.33 is not only the sole remaining British veteran of the bloody Dardanelles Campaign of 1915-1916, but also of the Russian Civil War which followed. The ship is one of just three British warships from World War I still in existence.

  4. Add Westbury Manor Museum to your Itinerary

    Westbury Manor Museum

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    Museum

    Location

    Fareham

    An elegant 18thC building with a Victorian-style public garden at the rear. Displays tell the story of Fareham, using models, graphics and objects with a varied temporary exhibition gallery.

  5. 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.

  6. Add Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum to your Itinerary

    Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum

    Type

    Museum

    Location

    Portsmouth

    Small terraced house of 1805 in which the famous novelist was born and lived for a short time. Restored and furnished to illustrate middle-class taste of the time.

  7. Add Bexhill Museum to your Itinerary

    Bexhill Museum

    Type

    Museum

    Location

    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.

  8. Add Towner to your Itinerary

    Towner

    Type

    Gallery

    Location

    Eastbourne

    Towner, the contemporary art museum, is Eastbourne's new art gallery and centre for the visual arts in the South East.

  9. Add Mercedes-Benz World to your Itinerary

    Mercedes-Benz World

    Type

    Museum

    Location

    Weybridge

    A world that is all Mercedes-Benz. Thrilling driving experiences, fascinating attractions, fun for kids. Fine dining, exciting events and classic cars too.

  10. Add St Margaret's Museum to your Itinerary

    St Margaret's Museum

    Type

    Museum

    Location

    Dover

    The museum features changing displays on local history including Ian Fleming and Noel Coward. Access is via the Tea Room.