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Charles Dickens Birthplace

Charles Dickens Birthplace

Portsmouth

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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Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle.  Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014.

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

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Add SeaCity Museum to your Itinerary

    SeaCity Museum

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    Museum

    Location

    Southampton

    SeaCity Museum tells the story of the people of Southampton, their fascinating lives and the city’s historic connection with the sea. Visit us to discover how we bring maritime history to life through an interactive experience designed of all ages.

  4. Add Bursledon Brickworks Museum to your Itinerary

    Bursledon Brickworks Museum

    Type

    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.

  5. 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.

  6. Add Southampton City Art Gallery to your Itinerary

    Southampton City Art Gallery

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    Gallery

    Location

    Southampton

    The art gallery attracts art-lovers, curious amateurs as well as those who simply enjoy the atmosphere of a gallery.

  7. Add Chawton House Library to your Itinerary

    Chawton House Library

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    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

  8. Add Beaulieu, Home of the National Motor Museum  to your Itinerary

    Beaulieu, Home of the National Motor Museum

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    Museum

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    Beaulieu

    Beaulieu featuring the world famous National Motor Museum, Palace House home of the Montagu family and Abbey Ruins containing an exhibition of monastic life.

  9. Add Weald and Downland Open Air Museum to your Itinerary

    Weald and Downland Open Air Museum

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    Museum

    Location

    Chichester

    Come and discover rescued traditional rural buildings set in a beautiful landscape, which tell the stories of the men, women and children who lived and worked in them over a 950-year period.

  10. Add Flora Twort Gallery and Petersfield Museum to your Itinerary

    Flora Twort Gallery and Petersfield Museum

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    Museum

    Location

    Petersfield

    A selection of fascinating paintings of local interest by local artist.