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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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Buckinghamshire County Museum & Roald Dahl Childrens Gallery

Buckinghamshire County Museum & Roald Dahl Gallery

Buckinghamshire County Museum in the heart of historic Aylesbury is a fascinating place to visit for all ages. Discover the county's natural amd...

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  1. Add Buckinghamshire County Museum & Roald Dahl Childrens Gallery to your Itinerary

    Buckinghamshire County Museum & Roald Dahl Childrens Gallery

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    Museum

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    Aylesbury

    Lively hands-on, innovative museum complex consisting of county heritage displays, regional art gallery and the Roald Dahl Children's Gallery in lovely garden setting.

  2. Add National Maritime Museum to your Itinerary

    National Maritime Museum

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    Museum

    Location

    Greenwich, London

    The world’s largest maritime museum, filled with inspirational stories of exploration and adventure at sea. Critically acclaimed temporary exhibitions (ticketed). General admission free.

  3. Add Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment and Queen's Regiment Museum to your Itinerary

    Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment and Queen's Regiment Museum

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    Museum

    Location

    Dover


    The collection traces the history of the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment through four and a quarter centuries of service to the Crown.

  4. Add Sandwich Guildhall Museum to your Itinerary

    Sandwich Guildhall Museum

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    Museum

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    Sandwich

    Museum telling the story of Sandwich from early medieval times.  There are many illustrative panels relating to the town’s history with artefacts dating back to the early 13th century.

  5. 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 rotation exhibitions throughout the year. Garden hosts changing sculpture exhibitions.

  6. 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.

  7. 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).

  8. Add Cowes Maritime Museum to your Itinerary

    Cowes Maritime Museum

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    Museum

    Location

    WEST COWES

    Cowes Maritime Museum displays a selection of objects and images which help to tell the story of Cowes and its important maritime heritage.

  9. Add Mercedes-Benz World to your Itinerary

    Mercedes-Benz World

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    Museum

    Location

    Weybridge

  10. Add Army Medical Services Museum to your Itinerary

    Army Medical Services Museum

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    Museum

    Location

    Aldershot

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