Places to visit in Sussex Michelham Priory

Michelham Priory

England’s longest water filled moat surrounds the site which dates back to 1229.


Find out about Michelham’s fascinating 800 year history, from its foundation by Augustinian canons, through the destruction caused by the dissolution of the monasteries in Tudor times and into its later life as a country house.

One of the Society’s places to visit in Sussex and ideal for a family day out.  As well as the historic house, additional highlights include seven acres of grounds, kitchen garden, medieval herb garden, working watermill, forge, replica Bronze Age roundhouse and children’s play area. Download a property leaflet here.

Coming soon in 2013:
- An interactive medieval gallery in the magnificent 14th century gatehouse.
- An exhibition on the 1927 fire at Michelham in the picture gallery.
- A new dressing up and costumes room in the house.
- The Dovecote shop will be extended and refurbished with improved access and exciting new ranges.

Plan your visit: Practicalities, Schools.

Open: Every day from 16th February 2013 to 20th December 2013.
16th February to 1st March, 11.00am-4pm
2nd March to 1st November, 10.30am-5pm
2nd November to 20th December, 11.00am – 4pm

Admission: Adult £7.50, child £4.00, concessions £6.50, family £20.00
(1 adult and 4 children, or 2 adults and 2 children)

Groups: Groups of 15 or more receive a discounted admission price (£6.30) when booked in advance.  Guided house or garden tours can also be arranged prior to your visit at a cost of £2.00 per person.  We are also able to pre-book meals or refreshments in the cafe. Download a 2013 Group Booking Form here

Gift Aid: Are you able to Gift Aid your admission?  If you are a UK tax payer then we can convert your admission to a donation.You pay no more and Sussex Past can recover 25% of your donation from the Government.  In return, you will receive a ticket giving you 25% off the admission price, on any returning visits to Michelham Priory, valid for 1 year. The discount ticket can be used any day, including special events.

Accessibility: The gardens, ground floor of the house, cafe, barn and courtyard area are all accessible.  Sensory tours available by prior arrangement, assistance dogs welcome.  Access aids include loan wheelchairs, dedicated disabled toilet and ramps where necessary.  See a full Access Statement here

Contact:  Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 3QS.  01323 844224, email.
Want to join the Michelham Team?  We are currently looking for volunteers to help in our Watermill as stewards and millers.  Weekend and weekday slots available, and full training will be given.  If you are able to help for a few hours a week at this beautiful site, then please email