The Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex House and Gardens



Quex Park, Birchington, Kent, CT7 0BH

Tel: 01843 842168

The Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex House and Gardens


The Powell-Cotton Museum offers an exciting, fun and interactive day out for all. There are incredible natural history displays, featuring animals from the African and Asian continents in world-famous dioramas as well as fascinating displays of world-culture objects as well as local archaeology.  

Ticket price includes a tour of the Grade II listed Quex House*, formerly home to the Powell-Cotton family. The interior of the house is uniquely decorated with ornamental furniture, art and a beautiful library. The Gardens are set in seven acres and feature sweeping lawns, herbaceous borders, exotic trees, a woodland walk, and a historic walled kitchen garden. Picnics are welcome. 

We regularly run events and activities to enhance visits at little or no extra cost. Please visit our websites' ‘what’s on’ section to see our latest dairy dates. Look out for our exclusive horticultural workshops designed by our Gardens team, available to book on our website. 

Our Gift Shop stocks a range of books focused on inclusivity, nature and wellbeing as well as a range of carefully selected gifts and toys. We always stock delicious ice cream and cold drinks for visitors to enjoy in the gardens. 

Café: The family-run Felicity's Café, located at the front of the Museum, offers delicious breakfasts, afternoon tea and lunch. All their cakes are freshly baked on site. Indoor and outdoor seating available, but pre-booking is advised. 

Book Tickets

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult ticket£3.50 per ticket
0-3 yearsFree
4-16 years£2.50 per ticket
Senior/Student/Disabled£3.00 per ticket



  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors - A full access guide is available on
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
  • Facility for service dogs
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Wheelchair user accessible


  • On-Site cafe/restaurant
  • Picnic Site - Picnics are welcomed in Quex Gardens. We politely ask that visitors take their rubbish home with them.

Establishment Features

  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking
  • Parking (free)

Payment Methods

  • Approx length of visit - 2-4 hours
  • Blue Badge Guides admitted free
  • Can be packages by 3rd parties
  • Delta accepted
  • Maestro Accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Max group size - 300
  • Min group size - Minimum charge based on 20 however small groups are welcome.
  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times - Pre-booked group and school visits are welcome throughout the week. Please email for more information
  • Solo accepted
  • Special group rates
  • Visa accepted

Provider Preferences

  • Indoor Attraction
  • No Smoking Attraction
  • Outdoor Attraction
  • Village Location

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun


Map & Directions

Road Directions

The A28 runs through Birchington. Set satellite navigation to ‘Quex Park’ or postcode CT7 0BH. Turn onto Park Lane and follow the road along to Quex Park. Parking is free of charge.

Public Transport Directions

You can get to us by car, bus and train and taxi.

There are no buses passing Quex Park. The walk from Birchington village is level and there are no hills or slopes. The bus stop is 0.7 miles / 1.1 km from Powell-Cotton Museum, House and Gardens.

The nearest train station is Birchington-on-Sea. The train station is 1 miles / 1.6 km from Powell-Cotton Museum, House and Gardens.

You can get a taxi with Central Cars who offer an accessible taxi service. Please call in advance by calling (01843) 88 88 88. They have a wheelchair accessible vehicle on request.

The Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex House and Gardens, Quex Park, Birchington, Kent, CT7 0BH.

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  • Tourism South East Award -Beautiful South Awards Winners 2023/24 - Bronze Beautiful South Awards Winners 2023/24 - Bronze 2023
  • Tourism South East Award -Tourism South East Member 24/25 - Silver Tourism South East Member 24/25 - Silver 2024

Opening Times

The Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex House and Gardens (10 Feb 2024 - 1 Nov 2024)

* 10th Feb – 31st March, 11 am – 3 pm, weekends and bank holidays

1st April – 31st August, 11 am – 4 pm, weekends and bank holidays

1st September – 3rd November, 11 am – 3 pm, weekends and bank holidays

*Quex House is open for guided tours only. Times announced on the day. Please note that occasionally the house will be used exclusively for weddings. We update our websites' ‘plan your visit’ page with any upcoming closed dates. 

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