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Michelham Priory


Type:Historic House / Palace

Upper Dicker, Nr Hailsham, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 3QS

Tel: +44 01323 844224

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 house, furniture and artefacts trace the property’s religious origins and its development over 800 years. There are trails and hands-on activities indoors and out for all the family.

Outside, you can explore the medieval watermill, working forge, rope museum and dramatic Elizabethan Great Barn. Michelham Priory has plenty of free parking, a cafe, new playground and gift shop. There are also regular special events throughout the year.

Find more things to do in Sussex or discover more historic houses in South East England.

Michelham Priory Reviews (from Google)

Average rating 4.6/5 from 5 reviews.

  • They offered wheelchair and that also have a mobility scooter but there was only one avalible which another couple had. The wheel chairs where very hard to push around on the gravel and made it difficult to see all of the site. The grounds were lovely even for out of season and there was plenty of space in the dining room. 
    Night Shadow, 2016 - 4 stars
  • Very interesting. Gardens nice even though out of season. Plenty to see and do
    Shirley, 2017 - 4 stars
  • Simply that it is a beautiful place, fabulous gardens, great shop and the Great Barn is really lovely. 
    Evelyn, 2017 - 5 stars
  • Fantastic place, lots to look at (check out the on site blacksmith ) nice cafe with friendly staff  (and ducks that kids will love ). Lots of history and whole room of paintings of Sussex scenes from the past. Not too hard to find off A22.
    Mark, 2016 - 5 stars
  • Very lovely place, it had a medieval festival at the time of visiting, very nice people, very nice show. 
    Paulius, 2016 - 5 stars


Provider Preferences

  • In countryside
  • Indoor Attraction
  • Outdoor Attraction
  • Village Location

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking
  • Parking (free)


  • On-Site cafe/restaurant
  • Picnic Site

Payment Methods

  • Approx length of visit - 3 hours
  • Groups Accepted
  • Maestro Accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Min group size - 15
  • Special group rates
  • Visa accepted

Establishment Features

  • Conference facilities
  • Event Venue
  • Gay/Lesbian Friendly
  • Printed Material in Foreign Languages
  • Toilets

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Demonstrations Given - Most weekends – archery, blacksmith, watermill
  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups


Map & Directions

Road Directions

Eight miles north west of Eastbourne off A22 and A27, two miles West of Hailsham.

Public Transport Directions

Our nearest rail station is Berwick, 3 miles away. Polegate station has more train connections but is further away. There is no regular public bus service to Michelham Priory.

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