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RHS Wisley, Surrey

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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.

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Michelham Priory

Michelham Priory

Cross the moat through the 14th-century gatehouse and enter the seven acres of beautiful gardens which surround this historic house. Inside the...

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  1. 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.

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

    Buckinghamshire County Museum & Roald Dahl Childrens Gallery

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    Museum

    Location

    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.

  3. Add Butser Ancient Farm to your Itinerary

    Butser Ancient Farm

    Type

    Farm

    Location

    Waterlooville

    Butser Ancient Farm, nestled within the Southdowns National Park, is a wonderful outdoor space showcasing Ancient Britain through experimental archaeology.

  4. Add The Hop Farm Family Park to your Itinerary

    The Hop Farm Family Park

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    Museum

    Location

    Paddock Wood

    A collection of well-preserved Victorian oast houses, home to the Hop Story Museum and the famous grey and black shire horses. 'Decades experience,' Indoor adventure playground and nature trail.

  5. Add The Llama Park to your Itinerary

    The Llama Park

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    Animal Collection

    Location

    Forest Row

    Llamas, alpacas and reindeer. Play area, information barn. Coffee shop serving light lunches and cream teas and Gift Shop selling Peruvian gifts, toys and alpaca knitwear. 'Walking with Llamas' gift vouchers available - booking essential.

  6. Add Museum of Army Flying to your Itinerary

    Museum of Army Flying

    Type

    Museum

    Location

    Stockbridge

    The Museum of Army Flying is an award-winning British military aviation museum about the history of flying in the British Army.

  7. Add How we lived then Museum & Shop to your Itinerary

    How we lived then Museum & Shop

    Type

    Museum

    Location

    Eastbourne

    See over 100,000 exhibits collected during the past 50 years, with room-settings, old shops and displays on four floors.

  8. Add Sittingbourne's Steam Railway to your Itinerary

    Sittingbourne's Steam Railway

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    Railway

    Location

    Sittingbourne

    South East England's only preserved narrow-gauge former industrial railway and features the longest narrow-gauge viaduct in the country, museum and other attractions.

  9. 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...

  10. Add Oxford Town Hall to your Itinerary

    Oxford Town Hall

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    Heritage / Visitor Centre

    Location

    Oxford

    A victorian building opened in 1897 and still used for local government. Original rooms such as the Court Room and Council Chambers are available to view as is the City Plate Collection. Home to the Museum of Oxford from Spring 2012.