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Jane Austen House Museum

Jane Austen House Museum

Hampshire

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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The True CRIME Museum

The True CRIME Museum

The True CRIME Museum is a SHOCKING new attraction for everyone fascinated by the dark world of CRIME. Set in 3,000 sq/ft of seafront caves, it is...

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  1. Add The True CRIME Museum to your Itinerary

    The True CRIME Museum

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    Museum

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    Hastings

    “A SHOCKING new attraction for everyone fascinated by the dark world of CRIME”

  2. Add St Augustine's Abbey to your Itinerary

    St Augustine's Abbey

    Type

    Abbey / Priory

    Location

    Canterbury

    This great Abbey, marking the rebirth of Christianity in southern England, was founded in AD 597 by St Augustine.

  3. Coastal Culture Trail

    Type

    Walking Tour

    The Coastal Culture Trail joins Jerwood Gallery in Hastings, De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill, and Towner in Eastbourne. The three award-winning galleries share a stunning 20 mile stretch of East Sussex coastline.

  4. Add Heaven Farm Museum to your Itinerary

    Heaven Farm Museum

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    Museum

    Location

    Uckfield

    Historic farm on A275, 1 mile south of Danehill near the Bluebell Railway and Sheffield Park Garden. Fishing, museum, nature trail and tea rooms.

  5. 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.

  6. Add The Queen’s House to your Itinerary

    The Queen’s House

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Greenwich, London

    An exquisite architectural gem housing a world-class art collection. This former Royal residence is a treasure trove of beautiful architectural features.

  7. 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.

  8. Add St Margaret's Museum to your Itinerary

    St Margaret's Museum

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    Museum

    Location

    Dover

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

  9. Add Claydon House to your Itinerary

    Claydon House

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Buckingham

    There is plenty to do for all the family; see the beautiful interiors of the 400 year old house, roam the restored estate gardens, picnic, or simply eat, drink and shop in the 18th century courtyard.