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Army Medical Services Museum

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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.

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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Chawton House Library

Chawton House Library

Chawton House Library near Alton in Hampshire is a centre for the study of early women’s writing from 1600 to 1830. The Elizabethan manor houses...

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  1. Add Chawton House Library to your Itinerary

    Chawton House Library

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    Historic House / Palace

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    Alton

    Chawton House Library is an internationally respected research library with a unique collection of early English women's writing from 1600 to 1830. Access to the Library's collection is for the benefit of academics, scholars, students and the general

  2. 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.

  3. Add Brighton Museum & Art Gallery to your Itinerary

    Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

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    Museum

    Location

    Brighton

    Brighton Museum has dynamic and innovative galleries - including fashion and style, 20th century art and design, and world art. There is a continuing programme of temporary exhibitions. Also a café, museum shop and education facilities.

  4. Add Wallingford Museum to your Itinerary

    Wallingford Museum

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    Museum

    Location

    Wallingford

    Wallingford Museum is a colourful, delightfully intimate and family friendly local history museum, housed on two floors of this medieval oak-beamed building in the heart of Wallingford in Oxfordshire.

  5. Add Windsor Castle to your Itinerary

    Windsor Castle

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    Castle / Fort

    Location

    Windsor

    Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world and the Official Residence of Her Majesty The Queen.

  6. Add C M Booth Collection of Historic Vehicles to your Itinerary

    C M Booth Collection of Historic Vehicles

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    Museum

    Location

    Rolvenden

    Unique collection of Morgan 3-wheel cars, eleven from 1913-1935, plus 1904 Humber Tricar, 1929 Morris van, 1929 Ford model A, 1936 Bampton caravan, early cycles, motorcycles, toy and model cars and motoring memorabilia.

  7. Add HMS Victory at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard to your Itinerary

    HMS Victory at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

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    Historic Ship

    Location

    HM Naval Base, Portsmouth

    There have been many celebrated warships in Britain’s naval history but HMS Victory can justifiably claim to be the most famous of them all. Having served as Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar.

  8. Add St. Barbe Museum and Art Gallery to your Itinerary

    St. Barbe Museum and Art Gallery

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    Museum

    Location

    Lymington

    St. Barbe Museum explores the unique history of Lymington and the New Forest Coast.
    The colourful, hands-on displays provide a fascinating journey of discovery for all ages.

  9. Add Cutty Sark to your Itinerary

    Cutty Sark

    Type

    Historic Site

    Location

    London

    One of the world’s most famous ships, Cutty Sark tea clipper has been beautifully restored and is full of fun and exciting things to see and do.

  10. 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.